Nancy Reardon was a gifted Tasmanian athlete who excelled in rowing and netball.
Appointed Head Sports Mistress at Friends School in Hobart, Tasmania, in the mid-1930s, Nancy was credited with raising the standard of netball (then known as basketball) in that state to a very high level in the period before the war. She was the first Tasmanian ever to be appointed to the All-Australian Representative netball team chosen in 1939 to tour New Zealand in 1940. Unfortunately, she never had the opportunity to represent her country overseas. The 1940 tour to New Zealand was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War Two. That same year, Nancy moved to Western Australia where, sadly, she died in childbirth a year later in 1941. Her daughter, Diana Nancy Marsh, was raised in Western Australia.
All Australian team selection - Nancy Reardon was selected in the 1939 All Australian Representative Netball (Basketball) team to tour New Zealand in 1940.
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Australian Women's Register