HAZEL Hucker is certainly a ‘club hero’, having been a member of Bridgwater Netball Club since 1995.

Hazel works in the IT department of Somerset Care, supporting community and residential care services.

During the lockdown period, alongside her work, she has signed up as a GoodSAM responder, providing support for those who need medication, shopping or just someone to chat to.

She has been a driving force for Bridgwater NC, holding the role of chair for the last seven seasons.

Despite suffering a catastrophic injury in 2016, when her right Achilles tendon snapped (playing netball of course), she fought her way back to fitness and made a return to league netball.

Hazel has held many positions within the club, always giving the maximum commitment to any task or project she undertakes.

In addition to her role as chair, last season was spent coaching the club’s Under-14 players.

The club has been blessed with many volunteers in present and past seasons... too many to mention, other than a special shout-out to Cath Clark, who is in the process of co-ordinating the club’s virtual presentation night on June 13.

All in all, it’s no exaggeration to say that that the club wouldn’t have achieved its level of senior and junior success without Hazel’s drive, vision and passion for Bridgwater NC.

Would you like to nominate a club hero - someone who has been working in the NHS/essential services during the coronavirus pandemic, or who has dedicated years to a club and deserves recognition? Let us know via sport@countygazette.co.uk.