Netball Tasmania is pleased to announce the following people

have been inducted into the Tasmanian Netball Hall of Fame.

Jean Gardner 

Induction Year: 2019 

Jean was a highly respected volunteer and administrator at State, National and International level. Whilst documented history of Jean’s specific contributions is limited, Jean’s resume speaks for itself. 

Jean commence her involvement in Netball having been asked to assist by the principal of the school at which she was teaching, who was at the time the President of the Tasmanian Netball Association. 

Jean accepted the role of Secretary with TNA, and in the years, which followed Jean would become the President of TNA serving in the role for 15 years. Jean went on to then serve as the President of the All Australian Netball Association in 1967 and 1968, and the President of the International Federation of Netball in 1970 and 1971. A truly impressive contribution to Netball at the very highest level. 

Judy Headlam 

Induction Year: 2019 

Judy was a founding member of the ESK Netball Club in 1988 and has remained on the club Executive Committee ever since. 

Judy served on the Committee of Northern Tasmanian Netball Association for many years, taking on almost all conceivable roles at some point in time. Judy is an accredited umpire and coach and has participated as both a representative team coach, and an umpire, at many Association carnivals. 

Judy was elected to the Tasmanian Netball Association Board in 1994 where she served in various positions through until 2009, including as President from 2001 to 2009. Judy also served as a delegate to Netball Australia from 1999 to 2009. 

Judy was instrumental in the establishment of the Tasmanian Netball League as we know it today and served on the League Commission both during and outside of her time on the TNA Board. Judy was also a key stakeholder in the establishment and management of the Southern Lights program from 1997 to 1999, which saw a Tasmanian team participating in the Victorian Netball League, and heavily influenced some of the strongest performances in the history of Tasmanian State teams during its operation. 

In more recent times Judy has given her time as a Bench Official for State League and National events and continues to coach Bench Officials in our State League competition. 

Betty Roper 

Induction Year: 2019 

Betty was well known in Tasmanian Netball circles for her involvement as an athlete, umpire and administrator. 

Betty represented Tasmania as an athlete at many National Championships, before giving back to the sport in many and varied roles once her playing career was complete. Betty first focused on her umpiring, working her way through the ranks to obtain her All Australian Badge accreditation. 

Betty then became a member of the All Australian Umpire Allocation Committee, and in the following years would also serve as a member of the Netball Australia Selection Panel. As a member of the UAC, Betty would leave her mark on the sport through instigating change to the allocation process and the implementation of a National Umpire Pool with a performance based ranking process determining the allocation of matches. 

Betty would then turn her hand to administration where she served as President of the Tasmanian Netball Association and as a delegate to AANA, before taking on the role of President of the National body. 

Joy Symes 

Induction Year: 2019 

Joy is a Life Member of both the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association, and the Tasmanian Netball Association. 

Joy was involved as an athlete, umpire and administrator from an early age. Joy represented Tasmania as an athlete from 1960 to 1962, and also earned her A Badge accreditation and was successful in being nominated for assessment for an AA Badge. Joy also coached at local club and school level for many years. 

Having completed her active involvement in match day activities, Joy turned her attention to administration, serving as the Secretary and then President of the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association for many years. Joy then moved on to the Tasmanian Netball Association Board where she served for over 18 years in roles such as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and also Finance Director navigating TNA through some challenging times. 

During her time on the Board of TNA, Joy also served as a delegate to AANA and was a member of the 2001 World Cup Draw Committee.