NWC2023 Bid Evaluation Committee

in 2017 we asked full members to submit expressions of interest to host the Netball World Cup 2023.

Two countries expressed an interest and, following a period of planning and review, we received two comprehensive bids by the deadline of 30th June 2018.

The bids submitted were from

  • Netball New Zealand, with proposed host city Auckland
  • Netball South Africa, with proposed host city Cape Town

For information on the Bid Teams please see here.

The bids are currently being evaluated by a committee appointed by the INF Board.

The committee shall consider the bids in accordance with the criteria and requirements established in the ‘Information for Bidders’, the Netball World Cup Organiser Agreement and the INF Event and Commercial Operations manual and will make a recommendation to the INF Board. In coming to a final decision the INF Board will also take into account the views of the Membership.

Terms of Reference

The BEC is advisory and will make a recommendation to the INF Board to assist INF to achieve its vision, values and strategic goals as outlined in the Strategic Plan, with respect to the evaluation of the bids received to host the Netball World Cup 2023.

The TOR are posted in the resources section of the INF website here.

The Members of the Panel
Matthew Curtain
Independent & Chair of the Committee

Australian born Matthew Curtain is a member of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Sport Programme Commission and a sport adviser of FITEQ, a new start-up International Federation responsible for the sport of Teqball.
Prior to this, he served the Commonwealth Games Federation as their first-ever Director of Sport and IF Relations from 2014 to 2018; primarily responsible for designing the sports programme for the Commonwealth Games editions of 2022 to 2030 and in regard to Gold Coast 2018; developing and delivering the innovative and inaugural athlete quota framework, qualification systems and medal-event gender equity strategy that was applied for the first time.
Previous roles include IWF Technical Delegate, Sport manager at London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and High Performance Manager and CEO of Australian Weightlifting.

Hon Molly Rhone OJ CD
INF President

Molly was President of the Jamaican Netball Association for 10 Years, President of AFNA for 12 Years and Vice President of INFA from 1999 to 2003. In 2011 she received the Order of Jamaica and she has received numerous other awards as a sports administrator and for her work in Netball. They include the Gleaner Honour Award for the success of the 2003 World Championships
Molly also sits on the board of ASIRF (the Association of IOC Recognized International Netball Federations(, the International University of the Caribbean and the Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport. She was a previous board member of the Jamaican National Olympic Committee, the Sports Development Foundation and the GC Foster College of Physical Sport and Active Society Commission and the FIFA Governance Committee
She was Vice Captain of the Jamaican team at the World Netball Championships in 1975.

Gaby Hochbaum
INF Director Asia Region

Gaby Hochbaum was appointed Director of Asia region in 2015. Gaby is a former international player, representing Singapore from 1994 to 2003, and appointed national captain from 2000 to 2003.
Her netballing career saw her compete in several world class events, including the 1996 World Youth Championships, the 1999 World Championships, and the 2001 SE Asia Games.
Gaby graduated from University of Wales with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Computing in 1998. She joined the Netball Singapore Board in 2009 and has been Honorary Secretary since 2011. An active businesswoman, Gaby has run a family restaurant, bakery and retail business since 1999.

Emma Cowley

Emma is a Major Events Consultant at UK Sport, the lead government agency for major sporting events at the UK level. Emma works with a portfolio of event hosting partners to bid for and stage the worlds biggest sporting events and since being appointed at UK Sport in 2013, has worked in partnership to secure four World Championships including the Netball World Cup 2019. She currently manages over £30m of public funding into some of the UK's biggest events to be hosted over the next three years including Road Cycling World Championships 2019 and the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Emma graduated with a first class honours degree from Leeds Metropolitan University and worked as an event manager for eight years delivering major sports events across the UK, before taking on the role of Deputy Sport Manager for Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

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