NSW duo join Aussie coaching elite

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Netball Australia has today announced Netball NSW coaches Briony Akle and Moira Gaha have been awarded their High Performance Coach Accreditation, the pinnacle of Australia’s coaching accreditation pathway.

The NSW duo join Queensland’s Jenny Brazel, Melinda Clarke (ACT) and former Australian representative Nicole Richardson (VIC) in being given the tick of approval by Netball Australia after completing their final assessment tasks for the intensive and rigorous course.

Coaches who have obtained the High Performance Coach Accreditation have coached at State and/or National level as well as demonstrated competency in all the high performance coaching technical and tactical skills, which are vital to the continued success of athletes at national level.

Akle is currently coaching the Netball NSW Waratahs in the Australian Netball League (ANL) this season, while Gaha has led New South Wales’ underage state teams – including 2016 19/U Runners-up – and also coached at ANL level.

‘Netball NSW are extremely proud of both Briony and Moira on being awarded the High Performance Coaching accreditation,” General Manager – High Performance Anna Longman said.

“This qualification has been awarded in recognition of all Briony and Moira’s hard work and immense efforts made across all competencies of the accreditation – it is a real honour to have them representing Netball NSW.

“This qualification is the pinnacle of Netball Australia’s Coach Accreditation framework and we are thrilled to see two NSW coaches achieve this recognition in 2016.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to them both and are looking forward to their continued success,” Longman concluded.

Richardson, who played 32 Tests for Australia and was part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal side, is currently a specialist coach with West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship. Brazel is an assistant coach at the Queensland Firebirds and also head coach of ANL side QLD Fusion, while Clarke is also currently coaching in the ANL, at the Canberra Darters.

Netball Australia’s Head of Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard congratulated the group on joining the list of Australia’s High Performance coaches.

“This is a great achievement for these coaches, all of whom I know have worked tirelessly over many years to complete the accreditation” Phippard said.

“Their passion for coaching is evident by their commitment to working their way through each level of our coaching pathway.

“I wish them the best of luck for wherever their coaching journey takes them in the future.”

Netball Australia plans to recognise the group’s achievements by having Australian Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander present them with their certificates at a round of either the ANZ Championship or Australian Netball League in coming weeks.

Congratulations again to Briony and Moira.