Lifetime Achievement Award honour for Lesley

L-R Netball Scotland Chair, Freda Hutchison, Lesley MacDonald, Carol Smillie, ambassador for Netball Scotland.
L-R Netball Scotland Chair, Freda Hutchison, Lesley MacDonald, Carol Smillie, ambassador for Netball Scotland.

Kirkcaldy netball star Lesley MacDonald has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Netball Scotland.

Lesley (34) is Scotland’s most capped player and recently announced her retirement from international netball after captaining the Scottish Thistles side during this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She first started playing netball at an after-school club while at Capshard Primary School, which set her on a path to become one of the world’s elite netballers who have achieved more than 100 caps for their
country.

“After 16 years of playing on the international stage, I finished on such a high at the Commonwealth Games,” she explained.

“To be awarded the lifetime achievement award was completely overwhelming but a fairy tale end.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for making 2014 a year I’ll never
forget.”

Lesley, a former Kirkcaldy High School pupil, has represented her country since 1999, finishing her career at the Commonwealth Games with 127 caps.

Freda Hutchison, the chair of Netball Scotland, explained: “Lesley’s career has been superb.

“She has demonstrated a very dedicated and professional attitude towards her netball and this commitment has ensured she has developed into a world class player.

“Lesley has been a positive and distinctive role model, not just for our younger players but also with her fellow international and club netball players.

“They all have a high regard and respect for her unstinting efforts to constantly improve her play and her coaching abilities.

“The Thistles squad will sorely miss her experience and leadership, but hopefully will still be able to benefit from her continuing role in the coaching aspects of netball in the future.

“Thanks, Lesley, for all you have achieved and shared in our netball community.”

In a further boost for the Kirkcaldy athlete, Lesley has also been nominated for the 2014 Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Personality of the Year.

She is one of four local sports stars up for the award, which will be decided by a text vote, details of which are on page 95 of this week’s Fife Free Press.