Netball's 'queen of cheese roll making' dies

Lorraine Salter. Photo: Supplied
Lorraine Salter. Photo: Supplied
Christchurch netball personality Lorraine Salter has died.

Fondly known as the "queen of cheese roll making" Mrs Salter was a respected and valued member of the Hornby Netball Club.

The club's president and founder Lynlea Willan described her as an "absolutely lovely lady" with a big heart.

"She was straight up, she called it how she saw it.

"You always knew where she stood. She was black and white, there was no grey matter," she said.

After a short battle with cancer Mrs Salter died on Tuesday. She was 59.

During her time at the club, she was behind their major cheese roll fundraising efforts.

Last year she raised nearly $4000 for the club over two weekends.

Mrs Salter managed the Hornby senior B netball team for two years and helped out with jobs such as washing the netball uniforms.

In September at the club's prize-giving, she was awarded the Founders Trophy for her community spirit, dedication and encouragement to the club.

 

"The last three years has been awesome, she was a larger than life person with a big heart who gave everything of herself to everyone that she knew," she said.

Mrs Salter's daughter Aimee also played with the club for about two years.

Mrs Willian said Saturday netball games will not be the same without Mrs Salter.

"She would always greet me with a coffee, she knew what I liked.

"Mid-week she would come and see me, she would bring me a coffee...I am going to miss her calling in to see me."

Before joining the Hornby netball club, Mrs Salter was involved in the Halswell Netball Club for about nine years.

She was initially on the committee before becoming the club's treasurer.

Halswell Netball Club president Kristina Newton said Mrs Salter was an "approachable person" and made for the smooth running of the club.

"At the same time, she told you how it was. You could always have a joke with her."

Hornby resident Marc Duff said he knew of Mrs Salter through the netball club and described her as an all-round nice person.

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