World Netball Announces ‘Voice of the Athlete’ Working Group

We have today announced our new ‘Voice of the Athlete’ Working Group, which has been set up following the launch of our new strategic plan.

Under our core strategic pillar, ‘Govern’, we want to highlight the importance of working collaboratively with those that live and breathe netball every day.

Throughout 2021 a group of ten athletes, from our five regions, will be working together to determine a suitable framework for future Athletes Commissions.

Our President, Liz Nicholl CBE, who feels very strongly about this for netballs’ global development, commented: “This Working Group has been appointed to develop recommendations on how this can best be enabled, and I am delighted that the group includes athletes from every region and with a wide range of collective experience.

“They are a credit to our sport, and I look forward to seeing their work off the court as they help to build the future of netball.

“Their collaborative input will be invaluable in helping us to grow, to play, and to inspire through netball.”

All the athletes that make up the group are current international athletes, with at least 3-years’ experience at that level.

Stacey Francis-Bayman, who has 73 England caps to her name, is proud to be part of the group, she said: “To be involved in the first World Netball, Voice of the Athlete Working Group is a great privilege.

“I am incredibly invigorated and passionate about being able to use my ‘seat at the table’ to add creative, athlete-centred ideas that will help to drive evolution, growth, and engagement across the international game.”

Francis-Bayman will be joined by Liz Watson (Australia), Francinah Eyman (Botswana), Bryony Rovegno (Gibraltar), Malysha Rore (New Zealand), Auteletoa Tanimo (Samoa), Emily Nicholl (Scotland), Aqilah Andin (Singapore), and Samantha Wallace (Trinidad & Tobago).

You can read more about our new Voice of the Athlete Working Group here.