Netball mum officially sets benchmark

Star pupil: Lyn Quinn OAM with Maria Rigor. Picture: SMP ImagesWHEN Maria Rigor’s three daughters took up netball, the obvious thing was for her to get involved too.
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Rigor became both a bench official and a player.

Husband Jose also roped himself in, and is a coach.

“They call us the netball family,” Ms Rigor said of how they’re known among The Hills netball fraternity.

Bench official . . . well they also serve and wait on the sidelines while games progress.

Rigor has approached her duties with, yes, such rigour she’s been named Netball NSW’s inaugural Lynn Quinn OAM bench official of the year.

The Hills association nominated her and the citation says the award recognises a volunteer who has shown consistency during the Dooley’s State League and potential, enthusiasm and willingness to learn all aspects of netball, on and off court.

Bench officials must ensure matches run smoothly and on time and there are no discrepancies with scores or statistics.

“When I was introduced to the sport it was really hard,” Ms Rigor said. “You’re used to players running with the ball.”

But once introduced, she ran with it.

“I’ve got a passion for it,” she said, and has completed a 12-month officiating course.

“I was so surprised, I had no indication it was going to happen,” she said of the award.

“I want to thank Lyn Quinn for helping out, especially me, for all the training and time she has spent with us.”

Rigor has to be neutral when officiating, of course, and can’t be on duty when her daughters are playing.

But as a spectator? That’s different.

“I let myself go and yell and offer commentary,” she said.

Polite not to ask if bench officials cop a spray.

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