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Netball New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week

Netball volunteer and coach, Terina Graham (the last on the right) and her team.

Terina Graham can dedicate up to 20 hours a week as a netball volunteer.

From coaching to supporting Centre community initiatives to helping in Governance, Graham is fully committed to growing and supporting the game of netball.

But it hasn’t always been this way.

Graham was an avid netball enthusiast as a child but took time away from the sport as a late teen.

And it wasn’t until about 10 years ago while living in Wellington that Graham’s passion for netball was reignited when filling in for a friend’s team.

“The game had changed a lot from what I remember as a teen, a lot more physical and strategic. But it was then that I realised that I wanted to get back involved with the sport.”

And after having three daughters and working in the corporate sector for many years, Graham and her family relocated to the South Island for work and the opportunity to refocus on what was important to them; spending time with their family and investing time and energy into helping others through sport.

“I’m very lucky with my current job I work remote and part-time so that I do have the time to volunteer in sport and live out my passion of helping others.”

Though Graham has held various roles, she has found that that passion is in coaching.

“It’s really important to me to make sure that my teams are having the best experience and learning the most that they can so that they continue to love and grow in the sport.

“It’s truly amazing when you see that direct benefit that you have made for someone, seeing them evolve through our shared love for the game.”

“I feel there can be a bit of resistance at the start because people aren’t sure where to start or what to do to contribute,” Graham said when asked what advice she had for others thinking about getting involved as a netball volunteer.

“But all the little things help and even a small task to help someone else who is a volunteer is a contribution.

“It’s all about taking on as much as you can manage. There are lots of resources, especially for coaching, that you can use to help you and you will find there are lots of people willing to help you too.

“With netball being predominately female, it’s a great way for women to help other women.”

Without people like Terina Graham, netball wouldn’t be what it is and Netball New Zealand wants to gratefully thank all those who give whatever time they have to give time to support the game.

This week we celebrate Graham and all our other volunteers in National Volunteers week and with the help from our partner Cadbury, we are giving thanks to all those people who have given their time to support the game we love.

Over the netball season there are a number of initiatives that Netball NZ are developing with the support of Cadbury, to help us support and recognise the amazing volunteers who give their time and energy to the sport throughout the country.

Along with giving out over 50,000 ‘Thank you’ packs to these volunteers the ‘Cadbury Volunteer of the Month’ programme will also be kicking off.

This initiative encourages players and fans to submit nominations to recognise and reward their champion volunteers for all the amazing work they do.

Whether it is a coach, manager, umpire or anyone else that helps out – we want to thank them and shine a light on their stories.

If you would like to nominate an amazing volunteer visit http://www.netballnz.co.nz/get-involved/volunteering. We will notify you when nominations are open and the process for how these Monthly Awards are rewarded, with more fantastic goodies - of course!