Liz Ellis and mother Margaret.
Liz Ellis and mother Margaret.

Awards for netballers' hero mums

LIZ Ellis, a former Commonwealth Games and World Championship winning netball player, is joining with Telstra to reward the unsung heroes of the sport.

The Telstra NetMum title will be awarded to one lucky mum.

As part of a national search launched today, North Coast locals are being encouraged to nominate mums in their community who are dedicated to the game. They will have a chance to win a spot at this year's ANZ Championship grand final, plus a host of other exciting prizes.

Ellis, who is a new mum to seven-month-old daughter Evelyn, credits her mother's support and encouragement as instrumental in developing her professional netball career. She said she would be looking for mothers with similar qualities when judging entries.

"Mum would rise at the crack of dawn on cold mornings, transport me to representative carnivals armed with nutritious home-cooked food, the fuel that got me through the day and throughout my junior career," Ellis said. "I'll be looking for a mum who is dedicated to her family, her club and her sport, someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help netball be the great sport it is."

Finalists will be chosen from every state and territory. Finalists will receive a $500 Westfield shopping spree, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G, plus signed netball merchandise.

To enter, go to facebook.com/telstranetboys and say in 100 words or less why your mum deserves to be rewarded.

Entries close on Sunday, June 3.



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