Netball NSW congratulates NA Board elects

Netball NSW would like to congratulate the three individuals elected to the Netball Australia Board following a vote by the Member Organisations at today’s Annual General Meeting in Canberra, ACT.

Former Australian representatives Cheryl McCormack and Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM have been elected to the Board on three-year terms, with Susan Comerford filling a Casual Vacancy on a one-year appointment.

While Ella-Duncan and Comerford are new additions to the Board, McCormack has been re-appointed having been voted onto the Board in 2015.

“Netball NSW would like to extend our congratulations to Cheryl, Marcia and Susan for their appointments to the Netball Australia Board,” Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said.

“We’re at an exciting but critical time in our sport, and Netball NSW is looking for strong leadership by our governing body. I have no doubt these three women will add to that dynamic and lend their knowledge and expertise in driving the sport forward.

“For Cheryl and Marcia in particular, it’s wonderful to have individuals who have provided so much service to netball – not only as players, but as coaches and administrators. Both have given a great amount back to the sport since their retirements, and both bring their own unique business nous to the roles as well.

“Now the Constitutional process has concluded, and the Netball Australia Board is in place, Netball NSW is united with our colleagues moving forward and achieving the best possible outcomes for our sport. Netball NSW has always, and will always, have the best interests of our sport front of mind. We want to see netball continue to flourish and grow, as we have done for the last 88 years since first coming into being.”

“We are really looking forward to seeing a huge NSW crowd come out and support our amazing NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball athletes at the Qudos Bank Arena Double Header on this Sunday. It will be another fitting stage to shine the spotlight on our sport and players.”

Netball Australia’s Board of Directors Chair, Paolina Hunt, echoed Archer’s sentiments when announcing the appointments following this morning’s AGM.

“We are confident that our Board of Directors has a dynamic combination of experience,” Hunt said.

“Now that the vote has been determined, we are ready to move forward collectively and focus on creating the best outcomes for our sport.

“Netball Australia and its Member Organisations share a vision and commitment to grow the game, and the appointment of Directors put us in a strong position to address our key priorities. We are committed to seeing our athletes be the first fully professional female athletes, whilst supporting them with the best conditions.”

Netball Australia has a scheduled board meeting next week following today’s AGM, where the Board of Directors will continue with the business of running the sport.

Cheryl McCormack
Cheryl McCormack is a former Australian representative in netball and touch football who brings a wealth of experience in Sports Management and Marketing to the Board. McCormack played nine Tests for Australia from 1985 until 1986, making her international debut against Trinidad & Tobago in Melbourne. McCormack has held Senior Management positions in the key professional sports of AFL, NRL, Racing and Paralympic sport and has experience working on major events including the Rugby World Cup. She currently works for the NSW Government’s lead agency for Tourism and Major Events Destination New South Wales. In her role at Destination NSW, she was Project Director for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. McCormack has an innate knowledge of the issues facing the sport at a State and Territory level, having previously served on the Netball NSW Board of Directors. Cheryl has held the position of Director on the Board of Directors since May 2, 2015.

Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM
Marcia Ella-Duncan is an experienced netball player, coach and administrator who has represented Australia and New South Wales and has a career in netball spanning 40 years. Ella-Duncan became the first Aboriginal netballer to play for Australia, featuring in 18 Tests including winning a silver medal at the 1987 Netball World Cup. Ella-Duncan is now a member of Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and in the past has been a member of numerous government advisory and investigative boards and committees related to legislation and policy affecting Aboriginal people. The Chairperson of the La Percuse Local Aboriginal Land Council (LPLALC), Ella-Duncan is responsible for managing and developing land and property assets on behalf of the Aboriginal community. After serving as a member of the Randwick Netball Association Executive Committee for 6 years, Ella-Duncan now runs her own consulting business. In 1988 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to netball and was inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Susan Comerford
With over 30 years professional and general management experience, Comerford is skilled as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Her specialty areas of expertise include a strong focus on human resources, including performance management, professional development, leadership and strategic planning. She has held a wide variety of senior executive management roles within some of Australia’s leading national commercial law firms. In addition, she has held various executive positions with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, the peak professional association for legal practice managers, including Vice President of the national board from 2015 – 2016.  Comerford has great knowledge of the issues facing the sport at a State and Territory level, having previously served on the Netball South Australia Board of Directors.