For Wesley Armstrong, netball is life.
The 29-year-old Werribee resident has been heavily involved with the Wyndham Netball Association for most of his life, and is a dab hand at playing, coaching and umpiring.
He talks netball, coffee and being a Lalor Hero with Charlene Macaulay.

What’s your connection to Wyndham?

I actually grew up in Little River, but my family has been in Werribee for a number of generations. My grandparents and great grandparents were market gardeners, and I spent most of my childhood in Werribee. I moved to Werribee when I was 18.

How did you get into netball?

I was six … my sister was in a team of kids from Little River primary – my dad coached them – and then the younger siblings of that team wanted to play and needed an extra player, and my dad said I would play. It went on from there.

I play wing attack. I coach, I umpire, I mentor, I play, I help with the administration of the association, I’m a board member – I’ve been on the board since I was 14.

What do you like about netball?

I think it’s the social aspect. It’s like an extended family. Many of us have been there for many years and have basically grown up in the association, and have known, coached against and played against one another.

Nearly all of the members that I see are more than happy to have a chat and ask how the family is.

You’ve been named a Lalor Hero, what does that mean?

That was to do with my involvement in the association. I was a little bit in shock … I don’t do what I do for accolades or anything. I love watching the kids enjoy the sport that I enjoy.

Who inspires you?

She’s a local, and her name is on one of the outside Eagle Stadium courts – Kerryn Flaherty.

She was sort of my grandmother in netball when I was little, and everything that she did to help kids and keep kids involved in sport is what inspires me to do the same. And my dad as well, he’s a big advocate for kids in sport and keeping healthy.

Where do you like to go for a coffee or meal?

I do like Chatterbox Cafe.

I don’t go there as often as I’d like to.