Hi Sara, so today I have some questions about what lead you to be the head coach for SWAS’ netball program and to find out about the woman behind the team.
How long has netball been a passion?
I have been playing netball since I was 8 years old, and have loved the game since day 1. That’s over 30 years now
What made you want to coach?
I love the technical side of coaching and the ability to pass my passion on to others. I also enjoying being able to improve a player’s knowledge and skill level.
Do you have a particular highlight within your coaching career?
I have coached a few premiership teams which is always a highlight, but also gaining an apprentice coaching position with the Netball Vic Western Zone Academy was a fantastic opportunity for me.
What lead you to SWAS?
I have been with SWAS since the initial development of the netball academy and was approached by Sarah Wall, due to my involvement in junior development within the South West.
What is your favourite thing about helping SWAS athlete’s achieve their dreams?
Watching their confidence in their own skill soar and for them to realise their own potential.
If you could have played any other sport, what would it have been?
Is there another sport apart from netball???….. I really don’t know.
Do you play netball still; tell us a bit about that?
Yes I still play. I currently play in the A grade competition for Old Collegians FNC, in the WDFNL league. I have the pleasure of playing with my eldest daughter this year, which is an exciting thing to be able to do. I’m hoping my body can hold out for the entire season.
Getting to know the real you now, what’s your favourite pastime away from the courts?
When I’m not playing, coaching, umpiring or training; I spend a lot of time being a mum taxi for my four daughters commitments. However I love attending concerts, eating delicious food and spending time with my favourite people.
Where did you grow up, family etc.?
I’m originally from Mildura, and moved to the South West in 1994 with my family. I am a single mum of 4 daughters (17, 11, 10 & 5) and love living in the South West.
Looking back is there anything you would go back and change in your career?
If I had been more aware of pathways to elite level, then I would have definitely would have pursued this avenue.
If you could give one bit of advice to a young child wanting to start playing netball what would it be?
Do it. Netball is one of the best sports in the world. Some of my best memories and friendships are due to netball.
Thank you so much for giving us the chance to get to know the person behind the program!