Any young netballer aspiring to become a leader of their sport, or a tireless volunteer to their community has the perfect role model to follow in Alexandra’s local lady Michelle Jack.
Michelle began her affiliation with the Alexandra Football/Netball Club in 1999 and was inducted as Life Member in 2007.
Michelle has worked tirelessly as a Club / Community volunteer for two decades, fulfilling many roles and responsibilities vital to the operation of competition. Her leadership and her capacity to volunteer sets an example to other netballers and community members of all ages as she demonstrates exemplary management practices and is committed to meeting the needs of our small country town of Alexandra.
To attract the “non-traditional” participants over the years, Michelle has gone above and beyond to engage younger children in the Net-Set-Go Program. Also, as Junior B netball co-ordinator with the Cluster of Primary Schools in our local area (6 schools in total) being an inclusive and sustainable program aimed at school boys and girls (Grade 4/5/6) playing competitively each Wednesday night during the Netball season.
Of course, Michelle coached and umpired in this competition as well. She was also on the committee and heavily involved in engaging the men in Alexandra to establish a strong, vibrant Mixed Netball competition which runs weekly throughout the season within our district netball club.
Michelle has never been carried away with personal achievement titles such as Life Member, Coach, Captain or Umpire although she usually carries these titles all at the same time!
She has always maintained quality leadership and upheld the utmost respect from all who have played alongside her, against her or who have umpired her.
Michelle has an amazing ability to bring energy to each and every task that she sets her mind to. She is fantastic to work with; exuding energy and approaching all tasks with enthusiasm and drive. Her positive spirit motivates and inspires others, leaving a lasting impression on the people in our community.
Michelle initiates and coordinates fundraising and social activities for the Club which reinforces the strength of the netball community in many ways, but also adds to the enjoyment of all participating.
She has also been a major influence in supporting the Club to apply for grants which provided new netball courts and facilities.
Her passion: Just like energy, is infectious. Whether she brings her passion to a meeting or when she is playing the sport or from time to time umpiring, the most mundane of tasks are enjoyed. Her greatest impact in her volunteer work is that she is truly passionate about making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in the game of Netball.
As a volunteer, Michelle demonstrates reliability. Michelle is vital to both the Alexandra Football/Netball Club and the Alexandra District Netball Club, because she can be trusted to always complete her set tasks efficiently, resulting in both netball clubs having great reputations.
On Saturday, 3rd August, Michelle will play her 400th game for the Alexandra Football/Netball Club and everyone wishes her well.