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Awarded for service to education and training, and sport and recreation
Born: 1 September 1945
Entered on roll: 2019
Marjory ‘Marj’ Kerslake (nee Cox) has given over 50 years of service to netball. She was a key player in the development of the statewide netball league, which helped lift the standard of netball played in Tasmania and gave top players opportunities to reach the national league.
Marj worked hard to ensure that young women in regional areas of Tasmania had access to sport and sporting facilities and opportunities to participate in high-level competitions. It is a fitting tribute that the Marj Kerslake Netball Centre, at Spreyton, is named in her honour.
Marj started playing and umpiring netball in Circular Head in the 1950s, playing at the ‘A’ level and in other north-west regions, depending on where her teaching career took her. Marj taught physical education, mathematics and sports science from 1965 until 1992.
From 1965, Marj was a netball coach, umpire and administrator at regional, state and national levels, and was an All Australia Netball Association (AANA) Director from 1999 to 2007. Marj received an AANA Service Award.
Marj encouraged Netball Tasmania to have programs and competitions for young people with disability. In May 2018, Marj retired from the Board of Netball Tasmania, but remains on the Devon Netball Association Committee of Management. Marj is a Life Member of the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association, the Devon Netball Association and the Tasmanian Netball Association.
Marj became an All Australia umpire in 1976 and still coaches umpires. Marj coaches and mentors Tasmanian umpire, Joshua Bowring, who officiated as an umpire at the Netball World Cup in 2015 and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and was Netball Australia Umpire of the Year in 2017.
Marj also coached and umpired softball for many years, was a program co-ordinator for athletics in Ulverstone, and was heavily involved in public school sports committees at both a school and regional level. She was also on the organising committee for Inter High swimming, athletics, cross country and netball carnivals.