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Netball: Silver Ferns great and former Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic coach Margaret Forsyth dies aged 59

Forsyth was the youngest Silver Fern to play at a World Cup at just 17 years of age.
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4 May, 2021 02:35 AM2 minutes to read

Margaret Forsyth. Photo / Photosport

Silver Fern great and former Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic netball coach Margaret Forsyth has died at the age of 59.

Forsyth was the youngest Silver Fern to play at a netball World Cup, selected as just a 17-year-old for the tournament in 1979.

Following her playing career, Forsyth served in the Police force as well as three terms as a Hamilton City councillor, while also coaching the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in 2017 and 2018.

Former Silver Fern Margaret Forsyth was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to netball and the community in 2020. Photo / Photosport
Former Silver Fern Margaret Forsyth was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to netball and the community in 2020. Photo / Photosport

Three weeks ago she stepped down from her role at the Hamilton city council citing ongoing health issues.

Forsyth was last year made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to netball and the community.

Netball New Zealand chief executive Jennie Wyllie said the netball community was mourning the loss of an identity of the game.

"Marg has left a significant imprint on New Zealand's netball landscape," she said.

"She had a fierce loyalty for netball and represented her country with pride."

We are incredibly saddened to share the news Silver Fern #66 Margaret Forsyth has passed away. Sending all our love to her family at this tough time

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