Mentor awarded CBE for services to netball

Vitality Roses defender Geva Mentor has been named in the New Year Honours list for 2019, and been awarded the CBE accolade for her services to netball.

Geva Mentor received her England call up when she was just 16, and she managed to bag the gold medal in her fifth Commonwealth Games representing her country

Mentor has enjoyed a year to remember after playing a pivotal role as the Vitality Roses claimed a historic gold medal in a one-goal thriller against the Australian Diamonds at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – her fifth Games representing England.

She then led her club team, Sunshine Coast Lightning, to a second straight Super Netball title in just their second year in existence.

Mentor has taken to social media to recognise this huge achievement, and also thank those who've helped her on her journey. She said:

"Netball has given me so many life skills, it gives me focus, it brings me pleasure and pain. It’s a habit I adore because of the incredible people you get to meet along the way that enable you to be the best version of yourself on & away from the court."

I am beyond grateful for everything I have achieved, this year has certainly been amongst the best of them and to top it off perfectly by being awarded CBE, Commander of the British Empire for my services to the sport I love, I’m truly humbled.

"They don’t call it the Queens Honours list for nothing and I’m most definitely honoured. I know I did not achieve this on my own so thank you to all who have helped & guided me throughout the years."

"To all my club & country team mates, I’m inspired by you all."

"Thank you to my family who are always there for me wherever I am in the world and special mention to my mum Yvonne you are an amazing woman and my Mentor!!"

"Lastly how awesome is this for netball, now to see more netballers recognised going forward."

The Vitality Roses will be back in action in January 2019 when they face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series!

By Kate Lightfoot

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