Tina plays with ANZAC spirit
Friday, 27th April, 2012
By Darrin Manuel
Dedicated netballer Tina McLaren has been awarded the prestigious Anzac Day Sporting Medal after a brilliant performance on Tuesday night.
The Broken Hill Netball medal is presented in honor of Air Force Sergeant Wendy Jones, a former resident of the city.
Sgt Jones was one of nine ADF personnel in the crash of a Navy Sea King helicopter on the Indonesian island of Nias in 2005.
Tina has been involved in netball for over 30 years and won the award for displaying a combination of skill, teamwork and fair play.
She lined up for the Pink Fever team in A-Grade as goal keeper in the first quarter before spending the remainder of the game as goal shooter.
Although Tina won the medal for her performance on the night, it is fitting that the award should go to a player who has dedicated her life to the game.
The recipient of the award was chosen by six umpires from the A-Grade competition.
“I was pretty happy with my game, but I try and give one hundred per cent every week whether we win or lose. I always have,” she said.
“I’ve been playing since I was six, so I love it. I only really took time off for two kids.
“And I also umpire as well. I’ve been doing that since I was twelve, so I’m sort of involved in more ways than just one.”
Pink Fever were beaten by the Outback Vixens but the game gave Tina a chance to play on her daughter Katelyn for three quarters.
“It was good fun to play on Katelyn - we do get a little bit competitive,” she laughed.
“We knew our teams were playing each other and then when they put Katelyn in that position I just laughed.
“But she enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Tina was presented with her award by RSL Branch President John Bacich and Sgt Jones’ mother Iris.