NSW coaches on the rise

New South Welsh coaches continue to take strides on their development pathway with five coaches achieving their Advanced Coaching Accreditation, while two NSW High Performance coaches have been allocated to National Selection honours.

Congratulations to Amber Cross (Wyong), Gima Crowdy (Gosford), Therri Ellison (Parramatta Auburn), Marj Parr (Illawarra) and Adele Caesar (Newcastle) who were all awarded their Advanced accreditation recently.

Netball NSW Coach Development Coordinator Di Brown commended the coaches’ dedication and commitment to up-skilling themselves on their development pathway, all with the aim of developing young NSW netballers into the best athletes they can be.

“I commend the passion and commitment these coaches have shown to achieve their Advanced Coaching Accreditation.  It’s a long journey for a coach to undertake over many years, so it is no mean feat when you calculate the time and effort these ladies have put into their craft,” Brown said.

“These five coaches have bright futures ahead, with many already stepping up into the Netball NSW program.  It’s all about taking your opportunities and I’m very proud to see these coaches do just that.”

After three seasons as Head Coach of the Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS), Amber Cross was recently appointed the 2014 NSW 17/U Assistant Coach, while Gima Crowdy steps into Cross’ vacant role at CCAS this year.  Marj Parr also joins the Academy circle, accepting the role of Assistant Coach at Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS).

In national news, 2013 NSW State Coaches Lenore Blades and Maria Lynch have been allocated as National Selectors for the Australian 17/U and 19/U squads, respectively.

Both High Performance coaches, Blades and Lynch have a wealth of knowledge and experience to their names – particularly at National Netball Championships – and will continue to look and uncover future Australian Diamonds at this year’s tournament.

Over the last 15 years, Blades has been involved with the NSW 17/U, 19/U and 21/U sides as well as Head Coach of the Sydney Sandpipers, and continues to give back to the community by mentoring up-and-coming NSW coaches.

In a coaching career that spans more than two decades, Lynch was at the helm when the NSW 21/U side which took out the National Netball Championships over five consecutive years (2008-2012) in a period of dominance to equal the record held by Netball Victoria.

For coaches interested in learning from the best, Netball NSW will once again be holding the popular Insiders Series during the 2014 season.  Keep your eye on www.netballnsw.com for more information on these popular workshops and how to sign up!