It is rather fitting that Pamela McPherson is spending the Queen's Birthday holiday on a netball court.
The Campbelltown District Netball Association coach was recognised as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours list with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to netball.
"I was quite thrilled to even been nominated let alone be awarded the honour. I'm quite pleased with myself about it," said Ms McPherson, who spent the weekend at nearby Woodward Park for the Senior State Titles.
"I've been involved with netball all my life. I think it's the best sport ever."
The former Australian Sports Medal recipient was a member of the City of Sydney Netball Association between 1979 and 2005 until it folded.
As well as playing wing attack, she held numerous executive committee roles including registrar, umpires convenor and secretary.
In the '90s she became a National B Badged Umpire before two knee replacements forced her into coaching.
Some of the roles she has held include:
- Umpires Convenor, Mounties Netball Club, Liverpool City Netball Association, 2011-2012.
- Convenor, Mounties Netball Club, 2011-2012.
- Coach, Bankstown Netball Association, 2009-2010.
- Coach, Hills District Netball Association, 2005-2007.
- Founder, Lakers Netball Club, 1997.
Ms Mc Pherson has been a coach at the Campbelltown District Netball Association since 2017 and is currently in charge of the under-12s representative team.
"My coaching philosophy is if I teach them to be better players, most of them turn out to be better adults once they achieve that team attitude and not just being an individual in the sport," she said.
"For me, not only did love playing and got to play at a fairly high level (A-grade), I just enjoyed the friendships through netball.
"There is a lot of comradery within the sport; you tend to make life-long friendship through the sport and I now have the pleasure of seeing the daughters of women who I coached play the sport which gives me great satisfaction that I must have done something right."
Several Macarthur residents and community representatives received Queen's Birthday Honours today, including:
- Gilead's Colin Elliott for his services to Campbelltown
- Minto's Malaemie Fruean for her services to Pacific communities in NSW
- Cobbitty's Edgar Gaunt for his services to Camden and Cobbitty
- The late Allan Connolly for his services to cricket in Macarthur
- Elderslie's Matt Smolcic for his service to aged welfare. Mr Smolcic's details were not provided to the media.
- Camden's Paul Sweeney for his services in the RFS