Our club provides competitive and social netball opportunities for all participants who want to play, umpire or coach, and welcome all ages and levels of experience and ability, males and females.
The club over its fifty years history has always valued friendship, community spirit, teamwork and respect to all members – from our volunteers to our umpires, players and parents.
Our Volunteers and Life Members are active and engaged members in our organisation, and we are grateful and thankful for their outstanding contributions to the development of netball with us. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!
St Nicholas Netball Club started as a school based club and is now a family orientated club open to the wider community. The club has been registered with the Penrith District Netball Association since its inauguration in 1972.
The club has had various uniforms over the past 50 years. The original uniform was the school’s PE uniform which was white with light blue inserts. Mothers at the school took the task on hand to sew a ‘proper’ box-pleat uniform. This was the beginning of the royal blue and white club colours. Other combinations of the uniform have included a range of different skirts and tops with the club incorporating sky blue into the uniform. In 2009 the lyrca bodysuit was adopted. The current uniform is an A-line dress in the same colours as the bodysuit.
During the club’s history there have been three presidents; Betty Keavy, Yvonne Mayo and Judith Sibbald. The longest serving executive members are Trish Conner since 1983 and Judith Sibbald since 1984. The club currently has eight life members – Betty Keavy, Yvonne Mayo, Judith Sibbald, Trish Conner, Jodie Van As, Natalie Sibbald, Kathy McDonald and Melissa Baker.
Over the years a number of St Nicholas executive members have volunteered their time to assist the growth and development of the Penrith District Netball Association. Betty Keavy,Judith Sibbald, Trish Conner and Jan Jackson have held Association executive positions and have been awarded the prestigious acknowledgement of service with life membership.
Nikki Welsford, Jodie Van As, Natalie Sibbald, Nadine Sibbald and Mel Roope have devoted many years to coaching Penrith representative teams. St Nicholas is also very proud of the number of National Umpires that assist the Association each Saturday, at rep carnivals and at Junior and Senior State Titles. Tamara Welsford is a very talented and committed umpire who has been recognised with a National A Umpire’s badge and is regularly selected to umpire at the elite level.
St Nicholas acknowledges the dedication and commitment of all their volunteers who give generously of their time coaching, managing and umpiring. Many of these members have been recognised for their ongoing commitment to netball and have been awarded the Penrith Service Award. Without their support we would not be able to maintain our current membership level. Over the last twenty years the club has had a resurgence in growth and has become one of the largest and successful clubs in the Association, proud of its history and our humble beginnings.