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Primary school teacher lauded

Friday, 17th May, 2013

Sharon Degoumois Sharon Degoumois

By Darrin Manuel

The NSW Primary Schools Sports Association paid tribute to dedicated teacher and coach, Sharon Degoumois, at the recent State Basketball Carnival.

Mrs Degoumois was presented with a NSW PSSA Service Award at the Bankstown carnival for service to basketball that has spanned almost 30 years.

The Alma School teacher first became involved in Barrier basketball in 1985, and has coached at countless state and regional carnivals.

She has co-ordinated school sport for over 20 years, served as Barrier Sports Association president for 17 years, and managed State teams for four years, including at the Pacific Schools games in Melbourne.

“Primary school sport, and in particular the Barrier Schools Sports Association and New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association, have been very fortunate to have benefitted from the involvement of Sharon DeGoumois in the sport of basketball,” said NSW PSSA executive officer, Greg Voss.

“Her enthusiasm and sense of fairness meant that she always did what was best for the children in her team.

“As friends and colleagues of Sharon, we recognise that she has given outstanding and loyal service to the success of primary school basketball at school, zone, region and state level.

“Her contribution to the organisation and preparation of both Barrier and NSWPSSA basketball teams has been highly valued.”

Mrs Degoumois said she was very surprised by the award, and still treasured her role in developing basketball in the district.

“I really do enjoy basketball, just the opportunity to work with all the children in Broken Hill and across the Murray-Darling region,” she said.

“And just to see how things have developed over the years from when I first started.

“The kids have improved so much and have better skills now. When they used to come to me I’d have to teach them basics like how to dribble and shoot.

“But now they already have those skills, and it’s just about getting them all to work well together as a team.”

Mrs Degoumois said she wished to thank her husband and all the school principals she had worked with for giving her the time to pursue her love of the game.

The prestigious award wasn’t the only highlight of the Bankstown carnival, with the Barrier team coached by Mrs Degoumois putting in a competitive effort.

Although they finished 12th, Mrs Degoumois said all players had battled hard against the odds.

“The ten boys I picked were chosen from a group of around 30, and the teams we were playing against were picking from two or three hundred kids,” she said.

“So when you put it into that perspective, our boys did a really good job.

“The effort they put in was fantastic, and we actually had three games where we were in winnable positions.

“The boys all improved and showed great sportsmanship. They played well and were excellent ambassadors for their schools and regions.”

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