Denver umpire Walton wins regional award for work in Wisbech and West Norfolk

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Judith Walton from Denver was a winner at the England Netball Goalden Globe Awards for the East of England on Saturday in Cambridge.

This area includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. There are around seven different awards.

She was nominated for the Muriel Mcnally Award and won, and now goes through to the national round in September.

Dedicated Walton has around 44 years in netball administration, coaching and officiating. Award criteria include outstanding contribution to netball delivery.

Walton, 65, is a B Award Umpire and Level 2 Coach who is the West Norfolk Netball League representative at county meetings and at West Norfolk Sports Council Meetings among her many other contributions to local sporting organisation.

She holds informal rule forums for the Wisbech and West Norfolk leagues on a regular basis to help local umpires expand their knowledge and understanding of the rules; and umpires East Regional Division 2 matches throughout the season.

Walton also repeatedly organises and holds umpiring taster sessions for prospective new umpires meaning the county will have a constant supply as well as umpiring school matches for Downham High School.

She plans, organises the tournament and umpires the West Norfolk Inter Village Games every year.

The recipient of this award must have given at least ten years’ service at club level in administration, coaching or umpiring.

Award criteria include: Outstanding contribution to netball delivery through administration, coaching or officiating at grassroots level for a minimum of 10 years.

Nominees must be affiliated to England Netball.

* Muriel McNally was an All England Netball Association (AENA) member in Middlesex for many years before she retired to Cumbria. She was tragically killed in a car accident in 1977 and the Westminster Branch of the Townswomen’s Guild, of which she was also a long standing member, asked the Association to accept a trophy in her memory.