Coaching Advisory Panel

The Panel is responsible for advising the CEO and the Board and working with them to support the development and implementation of agreed priorities in the Strategic Plan, particularly, in relation to supporting the development of quality coaches worldwide.

Specifically the Panel shall:

  • Work with the Board, Regional Federations and Members to maintain and communicate the current overview of coaching across the World Netball (WN) Membership
  • Establish a framework that provides WN Members with clear guidelines for the delivery of quality coaching and development.
  • Advise the Board and produce WN Rules, Protocols and Procedures relating to Coaching.
  • Guide & support WN Members in identifying and mentoring targeted coaches in line with WN strategic priorities also in conjunction with or acknowledging current national developments in this area.
  • Liaise with Regional Federations and national Member organisations to guide and support the identification of quality coach educators and mentors operating at all levels of the game.
  • Facilitate the delivery of education/training workshops for coaches at International and Regional levels as appropriate.
  • Contribute to or endorse quality coach education programmes & resources as well as promote those already available.
  • Work in conjunction with other Panels and Committees in the broader context of WN’s strategic development objectives to ensure alignment.

For full terms of reference for the Board Committees, Working Groups and Panels click here.

The members of the panel:

Dr Anita Navin (Appointed from September, 2022)

Dr Anita Navin was named UK Coach Educator of the Year in 2011 for her commitment to coach development with England Netball and completed a Professional Doctorate in netball researching coaching expertise in 2013. Anita’s career has been within Higher Education working to develop degree level programmes in a range of sport disciplines. Anita has led on several World Netball Legacy programmes for coaches in Africa and South America, and is also the Chair of the World Netball region, Europe Netball’s, Coaching Group. In the UK’s Netball Superleague, Anita was a co-founder of Severn Stars in 2016 and is currently a member of the Severn Stars Board, and his previously also coached in the league with Team Northumbria. Anita was also a High-Performance Centre Coach with England Netball. Anita is currently a consultant and supports a range of sports with research and implementing coach development programmes.

Anna Stembridge (Appointed from January, 2023)

At an international level Anna has experience as both a player and a Head Coach, having played for Wales Netball, and then coached England from 2011-2015. During her time as Head Coach of England Netball, Anna made history winning gold at the 2011 World Netball Series in Liverpool (now known as the FAST5 Netball World Series). Also in netball, Anna has coached at an elite domestic level for Team Bath in the UK’s Netball Superleague. Anna coached across two stents, from 2008-2010 and 2016-2022, during this time she led them to winning the Superleague twice and securing silver once. Outside of netball, Anna has Masters in Sports Phycology, and is currently working as a Performance and Leadership Consultant as well as being a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching.

sue-hawkinsBurta De Kock (Reappointed from January 2023)

Burta has been a high performance coach for the previous fifteen years at the University of the Free State as well as the Province Free State. Burta has coached the national South African Proteas side in 2006/2007 and in 2011 and also coached the South Africa Under 23s between 2016 and 2017. Burta has been involved in administration and management projects of the province for 30 years.
Currently, Burta is the coach of Crinums in the Brutal Fruit series, the Province A team in SA Spar Championships and the University of the Free State in the Varsity series.

width="201"Leigh Gibbs (Appointed from January 2023)

Leigh has been involved in netball for many years, as a player and captain of New Zealand, umpire, administrator and of course a coach too. In the coaching landscape she has over 50 years-experience at all levels, and has previously been on the Coaching Advisory Panel within World Netball from 2009 – 2011 before taking a step back to work on the Rules Advisory Panel. Currently, Leigh is the Community Coaching Manager at Netball New Zealand, a role which she has been in since April 2022, after spending over five years at Netball Queensland as the Director of Coaching and Officiating. Prior to this, Leigh held several other different Community and High Performance positions at Netball New Zealand and also spent a period of time as Head of Coaching at Tactix in the ANZ Premiership (New Zealand).

Nicola Jones (Appointed from January 2023)

Nicola has been helping develop netball in the Oceania region for over 20 years. From being the programme developer of Netball New Zealand’s Sporting Partnership ‘NetGo’ programme developing coaching workshops and resources, supporting the development of Coach Developers and teachers in the Pacific, to leading the review and redevelopment of junior netball in New Zealand, Nicola has been involved at all levels. Outside of the Oceania region, Nicola has also coached the Sri Lanka Senior and Under 21 squads.

Sue Gaudion (Appointed from January 2023)

Sue is a high-performance coach with a wealth of experience at State, National and International level. At an international level, her first role came when she was appointed as the Head Coach of Singapore, and led them to 12th at the World Netball Championships (now known as the Netball World Cup) in 1999. In 2008, at elite domestic level she led West Coast Fever in the inaugural season of the Trans Tasman League, the ANZ Championship, where she is now an Assistant Coach. Slightly further away from the court, using her coaching analytical skills, Sue is a commentator too, with over 20 years of experience in the media industry, having commentated on matches at the most recent Commonwealth Games (Birmingham 2022) and the most recent Netball World Cup (Liverpool 2019).

Sue Hawkins (Re-appointed from January 2023)

Sue is a High-Performance Coaching Contractor who previously worked for the New South Wales (NSW) Institute of Sport as the Head Coach of the netball program, developing the next generation of ANZ players for NSW.
Mentor coach for 22 coaches in NSW, coach of the NSW Waratahs which is the Australian League team from NSW. Sue came into this role following her time as England National Coach (2008 – 2011) having previously coached the NZ Auckland Diamonds (2005-2008), Queensland Academy of Sport & Firebirds Head Coach (2000 – 2004) and the Australian Institute of Sport specialist senior netball coach (1996 – 2000).As a player Sue was World Champion in 1983 for Australia, and played 29 test matches for Australia as GA/GS.

Tracey Neville (Appointed from January 2023)

Tracey has international experience as both a player and coach, with 81 caps for England Netball, before later in her career going on to coach her country from 2015-2019 where in 2018, she led them to a record Gold at the Commonwealth Games. At an elite domestic level, Tracey has been just as successful both as a player and as a coach. In 2007, Tracey won the UK’s Netball Superleague with Manchester Thunder, and as a coach she then went on to win the league with Thunder three more times in 2011, 2014 and 2022. Tracey has been deservingly recognised multiple times for her achievements to date in netball, from being made a Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2015, to being awarded a Service to Sport Award at the Sport Journalist Awards in 2018, before going on to win the UK Sport’s ‘Coach of the Year’ Award in 2019 just to name a few. Tracey currently works in Coach Education, and is Assistant Coach at Adelaide Thunderbirds in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball League.

Vicki Wilson (Appointed from January 2023)

Vicki Wilson is one of Netball Australia’s high performance coaches, who has worked with teams in all three of the top elite domestic leagues: The Suncorp Super Netball League (Australia), the Netball Superleague (UK), and the ANZ Premiership (New Zealand) over the last 20 plus years. Vicki also has experience working in Coach Education and Consultancy as an educator and assessor both within a school environment and at the international level working with the likes of New Zealand, Singapore, England, Papua New Guinea and Scotland to name a few. Her most recent roles, include being Head Coach of Fiji at the Commonwealth Games 2018 and Netball World Cup 2019, and Specialist Coach for Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Suncorp Super Netball League.

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