Life membership for Bunbury netball mentor

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Daphnie Fleay is presented with the retrospective Bunbury Netball Association life membership by association president Graham Jones.
Camera IconDaphnie Fleay is presented with the retrospective Bunbury Netball Association life membership by association president Graham Jones. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

A Bunbury resident has been retrospectively recognised for her contribution to the netball community over the years.

Bunbury Netball Association president Graham Jones recently awarded Daphnie Fleay a life membership as a token of appreciation for her time as a member from 1968 to the early 1980s.

Mrs Fleay fell in love with junior netball in 1968 as a coach of her daughter’s netball team and this shaped the rest of her life.

She coached junior teams at St Joseph’s Primary School, before playing a key role in the formulation of the Concordes Netball Club.

A group of Bunbury netball players from the 1970s and 80s recently got together and discussed Mrs Fleay’s contribution to the netball community and the role she played in their sporting careers as a mentor and coach.

Tracie Fleay said Mrs Fleay played an important role in their lives when they were junior netball players and they wondered why she had not received a lifetime membership or been formally recognised.

She was a quiet achiever and a beautiful coach, so it’s lovely to get the recognition for her past efforts.

Tracie Fleay

Mrs Fleay said she loved to win and enjoyed spending time with the girls.

“We never played to lose, there’s no point there,” she said.

Described by loved ones as dedicated, inspiring and encouraging, Mrs Fleay helped foster a culture of camaraderie and community within the Bunbury Netball Association.

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