Excitement surrounds Conference Day One

The Honourable Gabrielle Upton MP, NSW Minister for Sport & Recreation, officially opened the 2014 Netball NSW Biennial Conference, being held Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February, to plenty of buzz and excitement.

A record-breaking 310 delegates from around the State gathered at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre ready to discuss all things netball, making the 2014 Biennial Conference – the fifth event of its kind – the largest to date.

From grassroots right through to the NSW Swifts, visitors from all over New South Wales travelled to the Conference seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of all things netball.  From Taree to Queanbeyan – even interstate and overseas! – coaches, umpires and administrators took to the Hall of Legends to officially open the weekend.

Minister Upton commended the large contingent during her opening address of the morning.

“I got to poke around and see what was going on… I can really see the hard work and the opportunities that come of this Biennial Conference,” Minister Upton said.

“I think Conferences, in particular this Conference, is an opportunity for players, coaches, volunteers, administrators, the leadership of NSW and Australian netball to get together and plot an important pathway for the development of the sport … because we want to make sure there are good pathways for girls and for women to become elite, but also at the local level to participate and keep fit and healthy,” Minister Upton concluded.

The Swifts were an ongoing presence during the opening day, with Head Coach Rob Wright taking delegates through real-time training sessions with Swifts players and NSW State representatives, as well as Australian Diamonds defender Sharni Layton sharing her journey to date.

High Performance coach and National ‘AA’ Badged umpire Michelle Phippard joined up to present a session on how coaches and umpires can work together, while umpires also gained some insight from Wright with a session on the importance of video analysis in the modern game, and what umpires can take to improve their own performance.

But it wasn’t just the tactics of the game on discussion, with administrators given expert advice on how to develop and secure commercial and sponsorship partnerships for your Club and/or Association, as well as utilizing social media to gain better exposure.

All this and more just in one day!

The fun starts back again tomorrow with more practical sessions involving the NSW State Teams, steps a Club and/or Association can take in moving their organisation forward, as well as a presentation from CEO Marne Fechner on the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015.

Plus, don’t forget … the NSW Swifts FAN DAY is on tomorrow from 12 noon with plenty of activities and fun for the whole family.  From the Swifts Styling Station to the Taronga Zoomobile, Sporty Swift will be there with friends, and the NSW Swifts will take the court at 3:30pm for an Exhibition Match.

The 2014 FAN DAY is FREE for all Members and non-Members, so come down to the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre and meet your favourite players, get an autograph and get excited about the upcoming 2014 ANZ Championship season!

Click here to see some of the action from Day One at the 2014 Netball NSW Biennial Conference.