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 INF Membership
  • Establish a framework that provides INF Members with clear guidelines for the delivery of quality coaching and development.
  • Advise the Board and produce INF Rules, Protocols and Procedures relating to Coaching.
  • Guide & support INF Members in identifying and mentoring targeted coaches in line with INF 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 INF’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.
Anita has recently completed a Professional Doctorate in netball researching coaching expertise. Anita is also heavily involved with the delivery of coach development activity with GB Rowing, British Tennis, the Football Association and British Equestrian.
Anita led on the development and implementation of the coaching strand of the INF Africa Coaching & Officiating Framework (ACOF).

Julia Lawrence (Reappointed from April 1st, 2018)

Julia’s involvement within the sports industry spans over 20 years. A former secondary PE teacher, Julia took on the role of Coaching Director at Netball Victoria in 1995 where she worked for 15 years in various technical, development and corporate roles. Moving to Singapore in 2011 with her family, Julia worked with Netball Singapore for 5 years as Technical Manager overseeing both Coach and Umpire Development. Julia returned home in 2016 to take up the position of General Manager – Coach & International Development at Netball Australia which she held almost 3 years. An opportunity to progress her career led Julia to the Australian Football League where she currently holds the position of National Coach Development and Education Manager.

sue-hawkinsSue Hawkins (Reappointed from April 1st, 2018)

Sue is a High Performance Coaching Contractor who previously worked for the 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 the Australian League team from NSW. Sue came to 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.

Yvonne WilleringYvonne Willering ONZM (Reappointed from April 1st, 2018)

Yvonne Willering played as a provincial representative netballer from 1968 until 1985 and for the Silver Ferns from 1974 to 1983.
She trained as a lab technologist at Auckland Hospital and was later employed as a microbiologist in New Zealand and the United Kingdom until 1985. In 1986, she returned to New Zealand and became Coaching Director for Netball New Zealand, a position she held for two years.
Over the next decade, she held the prestigious position of Silver Ferns coach, Regional Netball Co-ordinator for Netball New Zealand, Director for ASB Bank, Netball North Harbour Coaching Director, coach to Fujiforce, the LG Mystics and contract coach, on occasions, to the Vixens, Magic and Firebirds.
Her coaching career which started in 1986 has included national and international teams such as Silver Ferns, NZ Young Internationals, the Fijian national team and various provincial and regional teams.
Yvonne holds several New Zealand coaching awards and in 2002, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Norma Plummer

Norma is a multi Netball World Cup winner, both as a player and as a coach. Norma led the Aussie Diamonds to World Cup success in 2007 and in 2011 and was member of the Aussie Diamonds squad who became World Champions in 1975.
In 2007 Norma was named Australian Coach of the Year, the highest coaching honour in Australia. After guiding her side to become World Champions in 2011, Norma was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia Medal for services to sport.
During her tenure with the Aussie Diamonds, Norma led her side to two Silver medals at the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Norma also led the Australian U21s side to become World Champions in 1996 and 2000.
Currently, Norma is the national coach for South Africa. Norma was asked to take the South African side to the 2015 World Cup with three weeks preparation, in which she returned them to finish 5th by defeating Malawi in the playoff match.

Burta de kock

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. She also coached the South Africa under 23s between 2016 and 2017.
Burta has been involved in administration, management and TID 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.

Bridget Adams

Bridget has been the Netball Head Coach in the High Performance Department and part-time Lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago for the past 11 years. She holds an Executive Masters Degree in Sports Management and is currently a doctoral candidate in Sport Studies. Bridget represented Trinidad and Tobago for 15 years with the last 4 as captain, and played in three World Tournaments, (1983-Singapore – placing 2nd, 1987-Scotland placing 3rd and 1995-England placing 6th). She also played in several Caribbean Championships and the West Indies team which toured England and Wales in 1991. Bridget coached the senior national team at AFNA Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2008 and 2010, winning the AFNA Championships in 2008. She won the national award for Sportswoman of the Year in 1991, and was inducted into the FCB’s national Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015. She certifies coaches in the AFNA Region, and the Mayaro Netball Court was renamed “The Bridget Adams Netball Court” in 1995. She also serves administratively

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