England Netball are saddened to hear of the passing of Sylvia Eastley.
Sylvia was a netball stalwart, dedicating an incredible amount of time and energy not only to developing the sport as a whole but inspiring and encouraging countless individuals in their involvement.
She had an immense input into and impact on Bedfordshire county and club netball in coaching and officiating, as well as chairing the County Netball Association for a period.
Her knowledge and expertise were greatly respected both as a coach and an international umpire. An exceptional volunteer, Sylvia was so generous with her time and sharing her expertise with all.”
Sylvia was also involved at national and international level, even holding the role of Editor of the Netball Magazine for a number of years, and was awarded Honorary Life Membership for her exceptional service to the sport.
As well as being an international umpire herself, she was also a fantastic mentor and assessor to others on their officiating journeys.
Bless you Sylvia, rest in peace. Bitter sweet that I should hear of your passing whilst on International duty. You were integral in me being here. I have so many stories & fantastic memories of you & will be indebted to you for all you did for me. A Grand Dame of @EnglandNetball pic.twitter.com/flNssXCCjr
— Gary Burgess ⒾⓊⒶ (@GaryBurgessIUA) November 23, 2020
Many members of the Netball Family have taken to social media to share fond memories of Sylvia, celebrating her impact on them and their progression within the sport.
“She was a great trainer of umpires and she was instrumental in me achieving my International award.”
“Sylvia was a wonderful lady who supported and challenged us to be better umpires. She was encouraging and so loved to see us improving.”
“A wonderful lady. I loved being with her and listening to her advice.”
Everyone at England Netball wishes to send their condolences to Sylvia’s family and friends at this difficult time.