Created in 1995 and presented at the Netball World Cup in Birmingham that same year, the Trophy has been lovingly restored in 2014, in readiness for presentation at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 on Sunday 16 August 2015.
This Trophy has been proudly presented and held aloft by winning team captains five times since its creation in 1995;
1995 in Birmingham, England
1999 in Christchurch, New Zealand
2003 in Kingston, Jamaica
2007 in Auckland, New Zealand
2011 in Singapore
With the trophy turning 20 next year (2015), the Netball World Cup has received an early birthday present with the perpetual trophy undergoing a restoration ahead of the 14th edition of the Netball World Cup in Sydney next year.
First created in 1995, the restoration reflects the rebrand from World Netball Championships, to Netball World Cup – a move to bring the tournament in line with other international sporting events.
Originally created by Birmingham based craftsman Marcus Steel, the trophy was first used when the World Championships was played in the city, the same year. Australia were crowned World Champions that year with their captain Michelle den Dekker the first to hold the trophy aloft. Den Dekker has been followed by four subsequent captains from Australia and New Zealand who have won the exclusive opportunity to raise netball’s pinnacle prize at the conclusion of the final.
The trophy is made in three main sections. The base consists of ebonized turned Leadwood with two bands of solid silver. The centre section is a lattice of solid silver rods with gold detailing, representing a net. On top sits a globe of etched glass representing the world.
Natalie von Bertouch with the Netball World Cup in Singapore 2011
After 20 years the trophy had earned a restoration, which included a new silver band to carry the name and additional new silver band to be added for the future recording of winners’ names. In the restoration, the only element of the trophy to be removed was the original silver name band, this remains in the trophy case as part of its provenance.
Renowned designer Michael Wilson was commissioned to restore the sport’s ultimate prize, with the 2015 World Cup 20 years since the trophy’s creation.
Initially reluctant to work on another designer’s work Wilson, who has a long association with Netball Australia – he designed the Constellation Cup, took on the opportunity after the blessing of the trophy’s creator, Steel.
Laura Langman (NZ), Romelda Aiken (JAM), Laura Geitz (AUS) and Stacey Francis (ENG) with the Netball World Cup at the Brand Launch in October 2013.