HALL OF FAME
In the lead up to Netball Scotland’s 2nd Annual Awards Night (September 2012), the Board of Netball Scotland took a decision to initiate a HALL OF FAME for our sport in order to recognise and promote the outstanding achievements of our greatest netballers. It represents the highest level of recognition for an individual’s contribution to the sport and the inductees will be drawn from an illustrious group of Scotland’s most respected and celebrated champions that span era and teams.
They are the best of the best, who, through their achievements have made a significant contribution to Scotland, and have inspired young and old alike from every corner of our country.
Hall of Fame membership is divided into two categories: Athlete Member and General Members. Athlete Members are those who have competed at the top level of netball competition available. General Members are selected for excellence and outstanding achievements in roles supportive to netball participants (administration, coaching and umpiring).
Here at Netball Scotland, we are honoured to be able to recognise this incredible lady and induct her into our Hall of Fame as an Athlete Member. Whilst you may not have heard of her before, we can tell you that it wasn’t for her and her other teammates we wouldn’t have netball as we know it today in Scotland. One of the original pioneers of our sport, one of our first Scotland internationalists, and her name was Doris Breen.
Doris Breen was born Gertrude Doris Fitzpatrick in Glasgow in 1921. An active sportswoman at school, Doris was introduced to, and fell in love with, netball at Notre Dame High School where her chosen position was Goal Keeper. It is worth noting at this point that back then the positions on a netball team were:
Shooter, Assistant Shooter, Attacking Centre, Centre, Defending Centre, Assistant Goal Keeper and Goal Keeper
Doris’ natural skill and talent shone through and she was selected to play for Scotland in the first ever netball international in 1949 in the grounds of the General Electric Company in Wembley.
3 international matches were played that day between Scotland, England and Wales, with England winning both of their games. The Scotland versus Wales game though was much more closely fought with Scotland coming back from a poor start of being 6 – 0 down, to taking the lead at half time only to then be pipped at the post at full time. Final score was 14-13 to Wales.
As you can see from the photos the kit back then was quite different to what our athletes wear today, but one thing that still remains is the Thistle. Today our national athletes dream of the honour of being able to wear the Thistle on their dress and being able to call themselves a Scottish Thistle. Well, this started with Doris and her teammates who proudly sewed a thistle badge onto their kit nearly 70 years ago!
Sadly Doris, the last of the pioneers, passed away last year at the impressive age of 95. She leaves behind her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as nearly a century of stories and memories from her time in the air force, the ship building industry and her many volunteering roles – yes, she was some lady! But for all of us here today, she leaves behind a legacy that has shaped our sport into what we all know and love it to be today. Doris and her teammates were the founders of international netball in Scotland and we are grateful to them for laying the strong foundations of our sport.
We are proud to honour Doris by inducting her into our Hall of Fame where she will join other outstanding members of our netball community who have been integral to shaping the sport for all of us.
The HALL OF FAME celebrates and promotes the outstanding achievements of our greatest netballers. It represents the highest level of recognition for an individual’s contribution to the sport and the inductees are drawn from an illustrious group of Scotland’s most respected netballers.
They are ‘the best of the best’ who have demonstrated a high level of achievement, sacrifice and commitment which has contributed to the development and status of Scottish netball. In short, they are an inspiration to us all.
The Hall of Fame nominee this year is from the General Members category. General Members are selected for excellence and outstanding achievements in roles supportive to netball participants at International level, for example, administration, coaching or umpiring.
Tonight’s inductee has been at the forefront in her area of expertise for over 25 years.
And her name is CAROLENE LOGAN
Carolene was born in Glasgow in 1959 and after primary school she attended St Margaret Mary’s in Castlemilk, Glasgow where she first developed her passion for netball. On leaving school Carolene left to train as a PE teacher and is currently a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support at Bellahouston Academy.
However, let’s go back a few years. I am reliably informed that one day, on Carolene’s return to Glasgow from PE college she bumped into a certain Janie Elliot….. (some of you will recognize that name too!)….. anyway Carolene bumped into Janie on the No 46 bus to Castlemilk,….. and of course they started talking about netball would you believe! As a result of that chance meeting, Carolene was cajoled or coerced into resuming her netball career now that she was back in Glasgow.
Carolene progressed from playing into umpiring and before long she was appointed as an International Umpire. She worked her way through the ranks of international umpiring to the Open level in the European Competitions and progressed to the highest possible international level of umpiring at the Netball World Cup Championships.
Carolene worked hard to succeed to prove herself as ‘the best of the best’ with the International Netball Federation. Carolene was the first Scot to be appointed as an International Umpire at four Netball World Cup Championships.
– Birmingham 1995
– New Zealand 1999, where she umpired the final
– Jamaica 2003
– And again in New Zealand in 2007
Not only is she is the first Scottish umpire to have this distinction she is one of the very few umpires in the world to achieve this accolade. A world class umpire indeed. She also umpired the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, and Melbourne in 2006. She was invited to umpire at various test series which involved arguably the best teams in the world. Such was Carolene’s international standing.
Carolene then progressed to sharing her expertise with others by joining our Umpiring Board, trained as an Umpire Assessor and was subsequently appointed to the International Umpires Assessment Panel. travelling far and wide to assess other current and aspiring umpires on the international circuit.
But Carolene also ‘gave back’ big style to Scottish netball by delivering numerous umpiring courses, mentoring umpires, testing their abilities and taking time to encourage others to follow in her footsteps. In the meantime she also served on the Netball Scotland Board until very recently.
Umpiring is arguably the most stressful and challenging area of our sport in which to succeed at elite level and Carolene has done us all proud!
In this second year of the Netball Scotland Hall of Fame, we continue to honour those from the very early formative days of netball in Scotland. To all inductees of this era, we owe our gratitude and we give them our utmost respect for the very existence of our sport and for laying the foundations for where we are today.
The first award is in the Athlete category and was the first of a very elite group of international players who competed for Scotland for over 16 years in an astounding four World Netball Championships. Her name is Marie Fairie.
Marie played in the very first World Championships in Perth, Australia in 1967, competed in Kingston Jamaica in 1971, again in Auckland New Zealand in 1975 and finally as Captain in the Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1979.
She continued to represent Scotland up until 1980 after which she was assistant coach and team manager to the Scottish U18 team from 1982-84.
Marie was born in Milton, Glasgow, in February 1944 and like most of us was introduced to netball through her school. She played for St Augustine’s Secondary school at S1, S2 and S3, then St Augustine’s Senior Club, Glasgow District and the West of Scotland team.
In Marie’s time as a player her club side St Augustine’s were one of the most successful adult teams to play in Glasgow and Scotland winning 7 Scottish titles in a row and, they were the first Scottish club side to beat an English County team (Northumberland). She stood out from the crowd as a young player and went on to be one of the most recognised and skilful centre court players for Scotland – fast, dynamic, creative and tenacious Marie owned the International Centre bib for one and half decades and over 4 decades later she still plays masters netball using every bit of that guile and experience to impress.
Marie has given a lifetime to netball as a long serving player and coach to St Augustine’s Club, she has also coached a Civil Service team and still coaches a junior club in Milton today. She was a member of the Golden Jubilee Committee in 1996 and very recently she excelled as a volunteer and emergency ‘ball girl’ at the recent World Youth Netball Championships here in Glasgow.
The second inductee is from the General Members category and she has been at the forefront of all things umpiring for over 45 years. She is another one of our inductees who achieved a first for Scotland in the challenging field of umpiring.
It is always difficult for a small netball nation to be heard and recognised for anything at the international table, however Scotland has always punched above its weight and this inductee fought her way into the ranks of the International Federation as the first Scot to be appointed to the International Umpire Appointment Panel in 1997. Her name is Maggie Clark.
Maggie was an International Umpire from 1981 until 1999, working her way through the ranks at U18, U21 and Open level in Europe and then progressed to umpire internationally at the World Games, Karlsruhe, Germany in 1989 and as part of the IFNA Umpire Pool at the World Championships in Birmingham 1995.
Maggie pioneered the way as the author of Scotland’s early umpiring awards and then tutored, mentored and tested domestically for C&B Umpiring Awards – training other tutors and testers to do the same. Her knowledge and expertise escalated to tutor, mentor and test for A and International Umpiring Awards again breaking new ground in England, Northern Ireland and further afield in Europe as Scotland’s delegate on the Netball Europe Umpiring Committee. She was also a member of the European Task Force which was set up to grow the sport beyond the UK and Maggie succeeded in conducting the first umpiring courses and testing successful umpires in Gibraltar.
A committed and long serving volunteer for Netball Scotland at operational and strategic level, Maggie served on Scottish Netball Council, Executive and selection Committee for over 40 years and notably, 20 of those were as convenor of the Umpires Board.
Umpiring is arguably the most stressful and challenging area of our sport to succeed in at the elite level and it is no small achievement to break through the glass ceiling within the intense environment of the International Federation being a member of the IUC from its inception in 2000, till its demise in 2009, and a member of INF Rules Board from 2001-2007.
In this inaugural year of the Netball Scotland Hall of Fame, there were three inductees. To each we owe our gratitude, and to each we give our utmost respect for their place in our history.
The first is awarded posthumously to a player who represented her country at all levels from school girl to senior international in a long and memorable career as an elite athlete. Her name was Mary Biggins. She was one of the finest Wing Defences to take the court for Scotland. She gave back to the sport selflessly for many years after retiring as a player giving all her voluntary time to coaching at her beloved club, Scotstoun, Glasgow District, and National U17, U19 and U21 level. Her work inspired many other coaches and players to and her legacy is still very much alive.
Her national coach from 1980- 1987, Agnes O’Brien said of Mary:-
“She was one of Scotland’s GREAT players – she had an ability to read and understand the game that few ever achieved in our country. She was capable of playing alongside any Aussie or Kiwi World Champion. A great player, a good coach, wonderful educator and mentor to other coaches, but most of all a great, caring human being”
Sadly this year, the netball community in Scotland lost one of its family to a long and painful illness. We will always remember her sense of fun and the joy she injected into everything in life – especially netball.
The second inductee is from the General Members category and she has been at the forefront of the sport in Scotland for almost 60 years. This inductee has won every award in sport you would care to mention, including the MBE for her services to netball. There is one award that will complete the picture – the award where the sport of netball acknowledges the contribution of one of our longest serving members.
Her name is Moira Ord and since the 1950’s she has been everything you can possibly be as a participant in our sport. Moira has been an international player, Scottish Captain, Scottish Coach, President of our association, and has in the past also served many years as a Chair and director of our Board.
Her most notable achievement was bringing the World Netball Championships to Scotland in 1987, leading the delivery of the event on many levels. Recently recovered from two hip replacements Moira is still very active within our Youth Competitions Group and is on the netball development group for the delivery of the World Youth Championships in Glasgow 2013.
The third and final Hall of Fame inductee tonight is also from the General Members category. This next inductee was a National Coach who led Scotland in our finest hour on the International stage – she belongs within the Pantheon of Immortality as she took a vibrant young Scottish squad to sixth place in the World Netball Championships in Singapore 1983.
Her name is Agnes O’Brien – she was a self-taught coach and relentless in her pursuit of the smallest advantage that would bring the best from the players and the people who worked to support them. As a club and district coach she was first to accomplish what other coaches dared not do – go and play club and county teams in England, and beat them. As a national coach she was tough, uncompromising but scrupulously fair – her mantra was all about maximum effort, total commitment and winning.
Her legacy still thrives today in the esteem in which she is still held amongst her peers, in the many coaches she inspired and who are still active and, in the players who still check that they have all their kit when she walks by!