Grainne Mackle wins Official of the Year 2022   11/05/2022

Congratulations to Grainne Mackle from Kingsway Netball Club in Lisburn for winning Official of the Year 2022.

Due to the restrictions caused from the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 we have been able to recognise and celebrate the tremendous work of our coaches, officials and volunteers as well as performances of our players.  With restrictions lifting in January 2022, we have been able go out to the communities to present award winners in their school or club.

Thank you to everyone that nominated.  We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of the nominations across the award categories, this shows that there is massive support for our workforce and players, we are truly are a #netballfamily.

Winners will automatically be put forward for the Sport NI 2022 #Sportmakers awards.

Laura Montgomery, the nominator for the Official award had this to say:

"Grainne has continually followed her officiating pathway over a period of 6-8 years! Having achieved her ‘A’ award in 2019 Grainne has been a continuous roll model on her ability and approach to umpiring. She has dedicated hours on learning and educating herself within the rules of the game whilst also focusing on her overall fitness. She continues to dedicate her energy and enthusiasm for the game by focusing on improving her already talented skills! A highly respected official by all who know her, from junior through to senior level, umpiring every week in premier Grainne deserves recognition for all she has achieved and continues to add to her record! It would be wonderful to see her lifting this award."

Head of Workforce, Tom Causer commented on the award:

"Grainne is one of our few umpires who dedicates 100% of her time to officiating having stopped playing a few years ago.  She is an umpire on the Europe Netball HP Umpire Programme with ambitions for representation at world level and achieving her IUA.  Grainne is already being recognised by Europe Netball and World Netball with more opportunities on that pathway."