Twelve months ago Richelle Seuren’s life was turned upside down the day before the respected Colac Imperials netballer accepted the 2016 B Grade league best-and-fairest award.
The champion midcourter and her close-knit Colac family were mourning the death of Seuren’s sister Jess McGuane.
Seuren, 40, said she contemplated giving up the sport in the wake of the tragedy until the Cats family spurred her on to have another season.
She returned to Western Oval and picked up where she left off, dominating the Colac district’s lower-grade competition.
Seuren is no stranger to Colac district netball’s night of nights, claiming the C Grade league award in 2014 and ‘15 before stepping into the B Grade ranks last year to win the past two league medals, making it an incredible four straight.
But netball had a different meaning for the decorated netballer in 2017.
An emotional Seuren paid tribute to her late sister on Wednesday night, and thanked the sport itself for playing a role in helping her deal with the pain of Jess’s death.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.