WPNC understands it is difficult to say goodbye to Loraine with the limitations associated with COVID-19.

Many would like the opportunity to express a few words about how they feel; it is an important part of saying goodbye and it is also comforting for Loraine’s family to understand how treasured she was in our community.

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Emma Emma from West Pymble wrote on 18 August 2020 at 7:22 pm:
I only had Loraine as a coach for one year. However, in that one year she changed me as a netballer and me as a person. She put so much time and dedication into everything she did. She was an amazing coach and taught me so much. I would like to thank you Loraine for everything you have done, for not only me but all the other people that you have impacted significantly. I miss you and hearing you from the sidelines but I think of you as I play my netball games. Thank you for everything!!
Susie & Caitlin Susie & Caitlin from West Pymble wrote on 25 June 2020 at 5:10 pm:
Thank you Loraine for your amazing contribution to netball as a President, Vice President, Committee Member and Coach. You managed to instil a netball passion in Caitlin when you were her Coach in the 9As & 10As when she was very much soccer orientated. We had some fun times playing in the NSW Netball Masters and the very special 2009 World Masters. There were many laughs, sore muscles and lots of drinking! The Community will miss you and we will miss you. xx
Tania Currie Tania Currie from St Ives wrote on 22 June 2020 at 10:39 pm:
Lorraine will be sorely sorely missed. I love seeing all the wonderful photos of her, as this is how I see and remember her - loving what she was doing, giving and living every minute. Such a big presence and personality. My daughter Mia told me when she was umpiring A level games last year and didn't have a buddy, Lorraine would always come over and stay with her and give her tips and encouragement. She has touched the lives of so many which will live on forever. Much love and strength to Madi, Steph and family. Tania & Mia x
Renee and Hannah Woodbridge Renee and Hannah Woodbridge from West Pymble wrote on 22 June 2020 at 8:33 am:
Loraine you were such an amazing lady who selflessly gave your time, talents and love to this community. You were so dedicated to developing the skills and enjoyment of young netballers, and your commitment to the WPNC was an inspiration. You will be sorely missed
Isabelle Whitehead Isabelle Whitehead from New York wrote on 22 June 2020 at 4:36 am:
So sad to hear of Loraine’s passing - she contributed so much and was always a friendly and welcoming face around the courts. It is a couple of years ago now, but I really appreciated how she was always there to provide an encouraging word or smile after a tough game (or to help steady the nerves before a scary umpiring assignment!). Sending my love and best wishes to Loraine’s family xx
Nadean and Lici Nadean and Lici from Turramurra wrote on 21 June 2020 at 1:20 pm:
Farewell Loraine and thankyou for all the hard work you have done for the sport we all love, Such a committed helpful person always putting the girls in your teams under your special guidance and care. You will be missed by all of us and your gorgeous smile will always last in our memories. God Bless. xx
Physio Room Pymble Physio Room Pymble from Pymble wrote on 21 June 2020 at 9:56 am:
Loraine was a great contributor to WPNC and the wider Pymble community. Cannot thank you enough to allow us to be involved with the club as a sponsor. We are sad to say goodbye to such a wonderful and caring person who put up a fight whilst still being involved with the club until the very end. Her legacy will continue through to the future players of the club and she will always be remembered by the passionate coach, a mother and a role model who sacrificed so much for WPNC netball. You will be missed a lot and thank you so much for everything you have done -James-
Cranna Family Cranna Family from South Turramurra wrote on 21 June 2020 at 9:51 am:
From our first interaction with net set go 4 years ago, Loraine was always there. Welcoming, friendly, and full of encouragement. She will be very much missed and we send our love to her family and many friends.
Doutreband Family Doutreband Family from West Pymble wrote on 20 June 2020 at 10:16 pm:
Thank you Loraine for the time that you devoted to WPNC as president, committee member, coach, umpire and player. You were a strong leader and supportive individual - bringing out the best in each player. Our daughters benefited from your coaching over the years, teaching them skills and a sense of fair play, which in turn fostered their love of game. You created a sense of community and lead from your strong example. Your contribution to the netball world will be greatly missed.
Sophia Bradford Sophia Bradford from Sydney wrote on 19 June 2020 at 7:03 am:
Lorraine was a very nice and caring coach. She always tried to make our team the best possible and she succeeded very well
Kerrie Curran Kerrie Curran from St Ives wrote on 18 June 2020 at 9:33 pm:
Farewell to an incredible person. Loraine’s presence in the netball community was huge, always positive, always enthusiastic. Her contribution over many, many years was truly inspirational – a true netball tragic. I had the pleasure of being Loraine’s teammate for one season when I was relatively new to senior netball. She was welcoming and warm, and we shared many laughs. It is hard to fathom how Loraine was able to give so much of herself to the community, while being Mum to Steph and Madi, and working full-time. She leaves an amazing legacy in a strong and thriving netball club. Heartfelt condolences to her family.
Gail Kalinin Gail Kalinin from Sydney wrote on 17 June 2020 at 9:56 pm:
Loraine coached my oldest child last year and helped her so much. I greatly appreciate all the time Loraine gave to the club for so many years. Loraine was so passionate about netball and it showed in all that she did. She will be greatly missed.
Jodie Jodie from Sydney wrote on 17 June 2020 at 6:13 pm:
Loraine had coached me for the past 2 years if my life, and she changed it massively. The love, support and marvellous coaching skills! The time and effort she puts into training is fantastic! She meant so much to me and my heart dropped to know this horrible news. I hope that her family is okay and I just wanted to say that I couldn’t say how lucky you are to be related to this woman! She is a hero!
Lee Field Lee Field from Annandale wrote on 17 June 2020 at 10:28 am:
Loraine it's hard to believe that you are no longer going to greet me with that big smile and hug when I walk into the Complex....I'm going to miss you and also miss watching your passion on the sideline when coaching your girls. Rest easy Loraine. xxxx
Sam Stevens Sam Stevens wrote on 17 June 2020 at 9:08 am:
Lorraine you gave me the opportunity to play netball with you and your team, you were so welcoming and I am very grateful for that. Lorraine was a wonderful woman and she will be greatly missed and gave a lot of her time to netball which she loved and the work she did for the club is undeniably amazing.
The Key Family The Key Family wrote on 17 June 2020 at 8:26 am:
How deeply saddened we were to hear of Loraine's passing. You were such an inspiration to this community, as you tirelessly gave your time to ensure WPNC was the best KNA club! It seemed that you were involved in everything, adding your passion to every dimension of the club. Thanks for your encouraging words over the years, in particular for the way you believed in Sam's desire and ability to umpire. We will miss you.
Larissa de Carle Larissa de Carle from Sydney wrote on 16 June 2020 at 9:24 pm:
Loraine coached my daughter Eliza in her first year of netball at age 7 and her final year of cadets at age 17. Loraine brought such passion and enthusiasm that was passed on to the girls. Netball was so important in getting through the tough adolescent years. Loraine will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to her family.
Annabelle Erby Annabelle Erby from West Pymble wrote on 16 June 2020 at 9:36 am:
Loraine, Thank you. You were an incredible mentor and someone that I will continue to look up to. Coaching along side you for the past 2 years has been an amazing experience. Loraine was proud of every netballer no matter what grade. She was compassionate and kind to everyone she came across. I am so grateful for everything she has taught me. I am going to cherish her memory forever. I will really miss her.
Brooker Family Brooker Family wrote on 16 June 2020 at 8:40 am:
Thank you Loraine for your commitment and passion. Your support and presence will be sorely missed within our local netball community. Our thoughts are with your family during this sad time x
Sasha Kalimim Sasha Kalimim from Sydney wrote on 15 June 2020 at 7:20 pm:
Loraine was a great coach. She taught me to be a better netball player. I am grateful for all the time she gave me and the club.