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Each year the NSW Swifts season culminates in the NSW Swifts Gala Dinner, held at the conclusion of the Suncorp Super Netball season, where the team members and fans celebrate the season that was. Since the inaugural NSW Swifts season in 2008, three player awards have been presented at each gala dinner; QBE Most Valued Player, Members’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player. In 2013, two additional awards were introduced, NSW Swifts Coaches’ Award and Club Person of the Year.
The award winners and voting systems are listed below:
Named after Principal Partner, the QBE Most Valued Player is the club’s highest accolade and is awarded to the player who has received the most MVP votes from a specialist Suncorp Super Netball panel during the regular season. It has been awarded since 2008, when the club went from being the Sydney Swifts to NSW Swifts.
2020 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player - Sarah Klau
2019 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Sam Wallace
2018 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Sam Wallace
2017 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Maddy Proud
2016 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Laura Langman
2015 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Caitlin Thwaites
2014 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Kimberlee Green
2013 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Kimberlee Green
2012 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Susan Pratley
2011 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Catherine Cox
2010 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Rebecca Bulley
2009 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Catherine Cox
2008 QBE & Sydney Swans NSW Swifts Most Valued Player – Catherine Cox
NSW Swifts Members are given the chance to vote for their Player of the Year at the end of the regular season using a 3-2-1 voting system.
2020 - Paige Hadley
2019 – Paige Hadley
2018 – Sarah Klau
2017 – Maddy Proud
2016 – Sharni Layton
2015 – Sharni Layton
2014 – Kimberlee Green
2013 – Kimberlee Green
2012 – Kimberlee Green
2011 – Kimberlee Green
2010 – Rebecca Bulley
2009 – Susan Pratley
2008 – Catherine Cox
This award is voted on by the NSW Swifts players and is based around performance both on and off the court. Although the NSW Swifts are a high performance team, the importance of being supportive both on and off the court is of paramount importance.
2020 - Sophie Garbin
2019 – Sophie Garbin & Maddy Turner
2018 – Abbey McCulloch
2017 – Claire O’Brien
2016 – Amy Sommerville
2015 – Sharni Layton
2014 – Sharni Layton
2013 – Sonia Mkoloma
2012 – April Letton
2011 – Kimberley Smith
2010 – Kimberlee Green
2009 – Kimberley Smith
2008 – Emma Koster
Introduced in 2013, the Coaches’ Award is selected and voted upon by the Swifts’ coaching staff and is presented to the player who demonstrated outstanding individual commitment to improved performance during competition matches and training throughout the season.
2020 - Paige Hadley & Sam Wallace
2019 – Paige Hadley
2018 – Maddy Turner
2017 – Maddy Turner
2016 – Paige Hadley & Steph Wood
2015 – Susan Pettitt
2014 – Sarah Wall
2013 – Paige Hadley
Introduced in 2013, the Club Person of the Year Award embodies the competitiveness, passion, patience, loyalty, respect, selflessness, sacrifice, hard work, desire, professionalism and determination of the Swifts. Nominated by peers from the Club, and selected by a panel of Club representatives, this award can be presented to a representative of the NSW Swifts team, coaching staff or administration staff.
2020 - Bjorn Maddern (Performance Analyst)
2019 – Jen Silva (NSW Swifts Commercial Executive)
2018 – Anita Keelan (Assistant Coach)
2017 – Lukas Cannan (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2016 – Lukas Cannan (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2015 – Toni Kidwell (High Performance Coordinator and NSW Swifts Manager)
2014 – Sarah Sugar (Netball NSW Sponsorship Manager)
2013 – Gail Eckert (Netball NSW General Manager – Operations and Events)