22nd Oct, 2017

Dedicated netball coach of 40 years nominated for top national award

NETBALL: THE prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Yeard award could be heading to Solihull this year thanks to the tireless lifetime dedication of one borough resident.

Margaret Palmer has made the final shortlist for the Community Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the local community as a volunteer and coach at the Lyndon Netball Centre Club.

The 70-year-old has been a key member of the West Midlands Netball community for over 40 years.

Having lived in Solihull all of her life, Margaret told The Observer that being nominated for the award is a huge honour – and revealed she was left rather speechless.

She said: “I was gobsmacked. It came as a big surprise.

“Being nominated for the award is a huge honour and makes all the hard work seem worth it.

“Since I joined in May 1975, the Lyndon club has progressed from two adult teams to five, and we also have five junior teams too.”

And when questioned about the quantity of youngsters she has taught over the years she said: “Thousands and thousands.

“My proudest moment by far was when my daughter represented England at Under 21 level.

“The sport is in our blood. We’re all one big netball family and I’ve made lots of friends along the way.”

Margaret, who has lived in Solihull all of her life, will face three other finalists.

The winner will be decided on a public vote, which will close on Monday, October 15.

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