Diane Marjoram was the proudest daughter in the room when her mum, the late Marjorie ‘Marj’ Groves* AM was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame.
Standing on stage with her seven-year granddaughter who is just starting on her netball journey, Diane spoke of her mother’s love of netball and her early memories of travelling into Sports House and Moore Park as a young girl.
“Mum loved netball as do all the women past and present who have continued their involvement with netball in NSW,” Marjoram said.
“I think it’s the friendships she made that she treasured and I think she’d be very proud, as are all of our family who are here on this special occasion.”
Congratulations Marj Groves AM.
Hall of Fame citation: Marj Groves AM*
Marjorie “Marj” Groves AM was involved in the administration of netball at all levels for over 40 years.
A dedicated and committed administrator, Marj filled many roles for the state body including Netball NSW Vice President, Minute Secretary, Assistant Secretary and was the Secretary for 17 years. She was also responsible for designing the Waratah Emblem in 1970, which is worn with great pride by all who represent Netball in NSW. Marj was instrumental in the organisation of the 60 years of Netball celebrations in 1988.
Marj was the Sutherland Shire Netball Association Returning Officer and served on the Grading and Fixtures Committees for 16 years.
At the National level, she managed Interstate Teams and was a member of numerous committees ranging from appeals to internal tours.
Marj played an active role in Sydney’s successful bid to host the 1991 World Netball Championships. As a member of the Local Organising Committee she undertook the role of Convenor of the Programming and Ticketing Committee.
Marj’s service to netball was recognised in 1990 when she was awarded the Medal of Australia. She is also a Life Member of Netball NSW (1981) and a recipient of the Anne Clark Service Award (1977).
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