A true ambassador to netball has been recognised for over 40 years of dedication as a volunteer in Her Majesty’s New Years Honours list.
Cheryl Danson, Chairman of England Netball, has dedicated her life to netball, playing and umpiring from a young age.
“Although I played early on, I was never any great shakes but I began umpiring at 18 when I completed my first umpiring course,” said Cheryl.
Cheryl is an ex international umpire who toured to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Germany umpiring international matches at all age groups. She umpired the World Championship final in 1987 and the World Games final in 1989. Cheryl is currently an A award Umpire and tutor.
Cheryl’s career has led her to a variety of roles including her current positions of Chairman of England Netball’s Board of Directors, Secretary of Netball Europe Management Committee, Interim Chairman of East Region Management Board and most recently Chairman of IFNA International Rules Advisory Panel.
Cheryl will sit alongside the likes of Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and British sailor Sarah Webb, in recognition for her services to sport.
“Although I am pleased for myself, I’m also delighted for the profile of netball and feel absolutely honoured,” added Cheryl.
Cheryl will receive her Order of the British Empire OBE at Windsor Castle in June.
Paul Clark, CEO of England Netball is thrilled with the achievement.
He said: “Cheryl is a true representative to netball and she like many other netball supporters has made the sport what it is today.”