Netball NSW elevate Sutherland Shire netball great Margaret Corbett from hall of fame to legend status

Legend: Sutherland Shire netball great Margaret Corbett was honoured by Netball NSW at their state dinner. Picture: Netball NSW
Legend: Sutherland Shire netball great Margaret Corbett was honoured by Netball NSW at their state dinner. Picture: Netball NSW

Margaret Corbett has become only the second person to be elevated to legend status by Netball NSW, with the organisation honouring the pioneering coach at their annual state dinner.

The dinner, held at Campbelltown Catholic Club on Saturday night, saw Corbett join former Diamonds captain Anne Sargeant in rising from the Netball NSW hall of fame to legend status.

Corbett, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2006, has made a huge contribution to netball over the last 40 years.

The Sutherland Shire great was a leading coach in Australia from the 1970s through to the early 2000s, described as a forward thinker.

Corbett brought nine national opens titles to NSW from 1984 to 1992 as NSW dominated the Dunlop Golden Boot era - the Suncorp Super Netball of its day. Corbett's feats remain unmatched in Australian netball history.

Margaret Corbett with Netball NSW president Louise Sullivan. Picture: Netball NSW

Margaret Corbett with Netball NSW president Louise Sullivan. Picture: Netball NSW

Guiding and instructing her teams at every turn, Corbett pioneered the art of coaching and paved the way for many players to go on and represent Australia. She provided guidance and expertise to a number of NSW teams and officials and made a significant contribution to netball at national, state and association levels.

Her dedication has seen her travel across NSW conducting camps, coaching players, providing school clinics and conducting coaching courses.

She took on a number of different roles including acting as a NSW selector for 20 years. Corbett was the NSW convenor for 12 years and the NSW coaching director and state coach for 20 years each.

She was the head coach of the NSW Institute of Sport for six years and has spent 14 years as an Australian underage selector.

She was instrumental in developing the level one, two and three coaching courses and was appointed the Esso director of coaching in 1984 where she continued to make a significant contribution to coaching on and off the court for Netball NSW.

Helen Andrews from St George Netball Association was also honoured with the Lynn Quinn OAM Bench Official Award.

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