Flo Burgwin celebrates 350th netball game

A LONG career in netball just keeps going for April's Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the Month Flo Burgwin.

She celebrated her 350th game for Border Districts in round one of the netball season but the true number is much higher than that over her almost four decade career.

"I started playing when I was nine," Burgwin recalled. "And I'm nearly 48 now."

Burgwin's career started in the juniors at Borders before she moved away, playing a few seasons at Two Wells in the Adelaide Plains league and Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula - then back to Borders.

Robe was the next stop for five seasons before a stint at Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill in the North Eastern league in the State's mid-north.

But now Burgwin has been back at her home club for a while and is loving it.

Two years ago she won her first flag with the club, playing in the B grade.

"I've played in other finals for Borders in other grades but never won one," she said.

Last season she coached the club's premiership winning 17 and under side, another career highlight.

Individual accolades have also come Burgwin's way, with two KNT league medals and two Adelaide Plains league medals.

She has been coaching for the past 20 years and is loving passing on her passion and knowledge of the game to the younger generataion.

Off the court Burgwin has also been league delegate for the club for close to a decade and has been team manager for three premierships in a row for the KNT's country championship junior sides - with daughter Tyler Atkinson a member of those teams.

Playing netball at club level with her two girls - Riley and Tyler - has been another major highlight for Burgwin.

"I probably played a season with Riley and a season with Tyler," she said.

The 2013 season had extra meaning for the family with Burgwin's son, Tim Crick, playing football at Border Districts.

It was the first and only season the whole family had been at the one club.

Border Districts Netball Club president Tess Jacob spoke highly of Burgwin - who was made a life member of the club in 2013

"She is known for her passion and dedication towards the club," Jacob said. 

"Flo has filled most roles over the years and always is the first to put her hand up. 

"Flo is a true eagle and Borders are lucky to have her!"

Burgwin stepped back and reflected on her time in the game.

"It's been great, just the friends I've made and playing with the younger girls now," Burgwin said.

And she shows no sign of stopping - this season Burgwin is coaching the A reserves side at the club and playing B grade.

Both teams had a win against Mundulla in round one, with Burgwin second best in her game.

"I played four quarters in the centre," she said.

"I'm probably fitter than I've ever been."

- The Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the month winner receives a $50 fuel voucher.

Announced in the last paper of each month, each winner goes in the draw to be the Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the year and win a $100 fuel voucher courtesy of Scott Petroleum.

Nominate a potential winner by contacting the Herald.

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