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The BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award aims to recognise those people that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure people enjoy their sport.
For more than 45 years, Gloria Keech has lived and breathed netball, giving up over 50 hours a week to ensure that 100s of netballers are able to participate.
Setting up Hertfordshire Mavericks franchise from scratch, Gloria has been instrumental in their success and Viper 10 are proud to be working with such a forward thinking and evolving Superleague Franchise which is testament to Glorias hard work.
Nine years on from when the franchise was developed, Hertfordshire Mavericks have won league titles, produced England International Netballers and regularly attract crowds of nearly a 1000 fans.
Alongside her role at Hertfordshire Mavericks, Gloria also finds time to chair the Bedfordshire County Netball Committee. With the Winner to be announced on Friday 6th December, Viper 10 would like to wish Gloria the best of luck and recognise how lucky netball is to have Gloria on its sidelines.
This week the Guardian published a list of the World's 10 Best Netballers and we are proud to announce that Viper 10 Athlete Geva Mentor was ranked at No. 2.
The list was decided by an expert panel of 10 judges who all provided a list of points which were then collated to form an overall top 10. Player rankings were based on the last two years of performance (up to and including the 2011 World Cup).
The Guardian printed "Thank goodness world netball has Mentor", what an incredible achievement among a list dominated by Australian and New Zealand players.
The article went on to praise the Englishwoman's heritage as clean, fair and marvelled at how she manages to pull off deflections and intercepts which even surprise herself at times. Her aerial skills are the perfect foil to a game becoming dominated by tall shooters, while her temperament, footwork and positioning remain unrivalled in international netball.
Selina Hornibrook, host of SBS TV’s netball coverage and former Australian Diamond midcourter also spoke of Geva Mentor, saying she “intimidates her opponents before the games even start. Amazing timing, great strength and agility make her the perfect GK”