Stawell Warriors have announced two new life members, Lynne Jenkinson and Kaye Ellis.
Jenkinson and Ellis who both joined the Warriors as players in the mid 90s have become instrumental in the club’s development over the past 20-25 years.
Jenkinson is a former A grade netball player, former B grade premiership coach and former A grade and junior coach and co-coach. She has also had many years of involvement as a team manager and committee member at the club.
The award came as a surprise to Jenkinson, who said she felt “honoured” that she was chosen to be a life member.
“I didn’t know anything about it until they spoke about my history on the night. I sat there and thought, wow, this is about me,” she said.
“Over the years you meet so many people involved in different ways. It’s a great thing to be part of and I’m proud of all the hard work and effort that everyone puts in”.
Jenkinson said she was looking forward to the future at the club and continuing working with the committee in the grants process.
“We are working on some really great things to set up ambitions and long-term goals, for the future of the club,” she said.
Ellis was equally surprised with her award, though absent on the night.
“A lot of people do a lot of work around the club. I feel very honoured to have received such a significant award,” she said.
Ellis is no stranger to hard work, with her mother involved in many sporting clubs as she was growing up.
“I know how much hard work it takes and every year there is more and more to do. When you are a player you probably don’t realise how much work goes in to running a club,” she said.
Ellis is a former B grade player and coach, and has also co-coached junior teams.
“Junior development in netball has been a highlight at the Warriors – as coach and team manager it’s wonderful to see players and skills improve,” she said.