Annette Simper (nee Foley) was known for her versatility on court – highlighted by the roles she played in two of Australia’s gold medal winning Netball World Cup sides.
Simper was just 19 when named in the inaugural Australian team for the 1963 world championships in England, when she played as goal keeper.
Eight years later, when Australia triumphed in Jamaica, Simper played in the midcourt where her quick hands and ability to read the play were an asset to the team.
Simper would have played in the 1967 Netball World Cup in her home town of Perth, but was forced to withdraw due to the impending birth of her first child.
She’s regarded as one of Western Australia’s finest netballers, making her debut in the open state team at the age of 15.
Not only was Simper a skillful player, she was awarded a AA umpires badge in 1969 and also coached the Australian 21/U team in 1984.
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