Christina Mildren has become the most recent life member of the Deniliquin Netball Association.
At the DNA’s end of season presentation last month, she was surprised with the honour of life membership after many years of service.
Mildren first joined the DNA as a player, when she moved to Deniliquin in 1995.
Since then she has been a massive part of the association, from being junior netball coordinator, representative netball coordinator and then DNA president from 2012 to 2016.
Mildren said she was very surprised when the achievement was announced.
‘‘You do all the hard work for the community and the children and not to get this recognition,’’ she said.
‘‘It is nice to know that the contributions I have made have been deemed worthy of this great honour, though.
‘‘I’ve made a lot of great friends through my involvement in the DNA so I thank the organisation for that.
‘‘There were a couple of years where I wasn’t involved in the club due to having children, but I always knew I’d be back.
‘‘I returned to the DNA in 2006 and was more involved in the off-court proceedings over the past 11 years.’’
Mildren’s love for the DNA stems from the opportunities it gives young netballers.
‘‘Just seeing the enjoyment on faces from members of the community is reward enough and that’s why I’ve love being a part of the DNA,’’ she said.
‘‘I also feel that if you want your children to be a part of it then you have to be willing to help out.
‘‘My children have been playing and enjoying their time with the DNA as well, so that’s helped me to continue to be involved.’’