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Penrith District Netball Association

PDNA has been fortunate to have had visionary leadership and extremely capable administrators, through its
history. There have been remarkable periods of service on the Executive Committee, such as Margaret Smith
(25 years as Association Treasurer), Jill Beckhaus (23 years – the inaugural President, then Umpires Convenor),
Jan Jackson (22 years as Senior Registrar) and Rodney Watson (19 years, first as Rep Convenor then President).
Pat Trewin serviced the Association, not only as an Executive Committee member (1981-1987, 1992-1999), but
also as the Office Administrator (2001-2007 until her retirement. Pat’s passion for maintaining a historical
record of the Association (especially through photographs) has helped in the creation of this book.
Rodney Watson’s term as President has been marked by a high level of professionalism in the operations of
the Association, especially given the impact of legislative changes on financial administration and child
protection and member protection policies. His ability to negotiate with Penrith City Council, acquire
sponsorships from a range of supporters, and showcase Penrith Netball to the wider community – alongside
his role as a Director of Netball NSW – has only benefitted our members. No other Association can say they
have had the Premier of NSW open their State and State Age Championships!
Our facilities are the envy of many, and this is due to the ongoing partnership with have with Penrith City
Council and the securing of various government grants, which have assisted in making the grounds “home” to
over 4000 members each Saturday in winter. Looking back, the pictures show the development of Penrith
itself, from a town on the fringes of Greater Sydney, to a thriving suburban centre. In 2012, the growth of
Penrith District Netball Association is a testament to the vision of those who pioneered the dream forty years
ago, and the members who have supported it along the way. Who knows what the next forty years will bring?

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