New Wallaroo courts recognise local legend

After 10 years of planning and saving and two years after the first work began, the Wallaroo sporting community officially opened the Steph Flint Memorial Courts on Sunday, 25 June.

The new multi-use courts are named in honour of Stephanie Flint, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. Steph was a Life Member of the netball and basketball clubs and was heavily involved in the community and sports in the region.

There was a lot of hard work by the entire community to get to the opening, including working bees, sausage sizzles, and even a crane falling on the court putting in the final light pole, which meant one of the new courts had to be repaired before it could be used.

The courts were officially opened by Stephanie’s daughter Sasha Thomas (nee Flint), while Stephanie’s husband, Kim prepared a speech which was read by MC Colin Adams, which thanked everyone for their support and said while Stephanie would probably be a bit embarrassed by all the fuss, the family were very appreciative that she would be remembered for a long time in such a special way. Steph’s sons Scott and Tyler and several other family members also attended.

Contax Netball Club, who are aligned with the Mellor Olsson Northern Regional Netball Academy, held a netball clinic after the official opening, with Premier League players Sasha Glasgow, Tayla Williams, Lauren Elsworthy and Savannah Zielonka leading approximately 50 junior and senior players.

All three sporting codes who will share the courts were represented on the day by their respective presidents: Lyndall Neill (netball), Sonny Coombs (tennis) and Bonnie Summerton (basketball).

Wallaroo Netball Vice President Sandy Shaw and committee member Tammie Read, who were both instrumental in helping to drive the project, were extremely proud of the efforts of everyone involved.