Across The Waves veteran Sandy Baker was awarded the sports administrator of the year award yesterday.
Across The Waves veteran Sandy Baker was awarded the sports administrator of the year award yesterday. RON BURGIN

Baker rises to the top

Sandy Baker continued the Across The Waves netball theme at the Australia Day ceremony last night, accepting the sports administration award for her dedication to the game.

Baker is president of Across The Waves netball, plays in division one, coaches two Waves sides, two representative sides and the Wide Bay Thundercats, and serves as selector.

But she was quick to point out there were many more that deserved the accolade.

“There are a lot of people involved in netball that do a lot of work and deserve this sort of thing,” she said.

“It’s just great to see netball and Across The Waves represented in two of these awards.”

Baker will once again direct the Thundercats this season after receiving the nod from Netball Queensland.

“I’m looking forward to that again. We always love coming up against the best players from Brisbane and giving them a scare,” she said.

But the soon-to-be 53-year-old could not confirm if she would return to the division one playing ranks this year.

“We’ll wait and see what happens at the sign-on. I’ll leave it till then to make a decision,” she said.

“I’ll definitely be playing, it just depends on what division.”

She too is keen to exact revenge on Alloway Purple after their grand final loss last year, but the big issue is whether it will be from the field or the sidelines.

One thing is for certain though – she has the full support of her team-mates.

Sportsperson of the year Carly McCann fully endorsed the return of her long-time captain.

“We all want to see her back because she is still a fantastic player.

“As long as she’s around she will be captain and that’s the way we like it,” McCann said.

Baker has been a well-respected member of the Bundaberg netball community since moving from Brisbane in the 1996/97 season.



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