Kate Carlile recognised with 2019 Spirit of Sport award

By Brayden May

KATE Carlile might just as well have a bedroom at Victoria Park.

Throughout the year, Carlile is working around the clock to make sure members of the Echuca Football Netball and Echuca Cricket Clubs can take to the field.

And her efforts were recognised on Monday night when she was named the 2019 Spirit of Sport winner.

“It’s a bit embarrassing (to win the award), because you don’t get involved in those areas for the recognition,” Carlile said.

“I enjoy being involved in the behind the scenes area because it keeps me involved at the clubs.

“Sport has always been a passion of mine and I hope to be involved for many years to come.”

While some people would expect administration roles to be very similar across all sports, Carlile said she enjoyed the challenge of working across several clubs.

“It certainly keeps my mind active,” she said.

“In terms of footy, I’ve got a real passion for junior participation and the policies which different competitions have. Over the past few years, I’ve really enjoyed learning about those.

“Having my boys involved in the cricket and footy clubs means working on the committees is a great way to give back.”

Despite no longer playing netball, Carlile still sees the sport as a great opportunity to branch out her options once again.

“It’s my time with the girls,” she joked.

“Again, it gives me an opportunity to expose myself to a different group of people and try something different.

“I love the sport and it is something I look forward to every weekend.”

In the Echuca-Moama community, Carlile is largely known for her off-field exploits but she has translated that ability onto the cricket field this season as she went onto play a key part in Echuca’s maiden premiership.

“Playing a team sport is a great way to meet new people,” she said.

“With the competition in its early stages hopefully we can inspire the next generation to continue playing into the senior grades.