Anderson makes Elite history

NSW Swifts Assistant Coach Megan Anderson has made history by doing what no other has completed before her.  The former elite athlete has become the first coach to be awarded the Elite Coaching Accreditation in New South Wales after successfully passing her practical assessment last week.

The 40-year-old former Australian representative took the reins of St George during their Round 4 contest of the 2015 Court Craft Night Interdistrict last Wednesday, and successfully displayed the characteristics required to receive the tick of approval from assessors.

For Anderson, the strong competitive edge that was prevalent during her playing days still beats strong, but it wasn’t the only driving factor in achieving her Elite Accreditation.

“I think the drive in getting my Elite Accreditation was it would differentiate me – there are a lot of great Advanced coaches, so by going that one step further I can stand out.  I guess it’s still pretty competitive of me – I can’t quite get out of that athlete mindset,” laughed Anderson.

“At the end of the day I’ve only really been coaching at this level for three years and I’m not sure what the end goal is at this stage. I just want to continue to develop my skills, learn as much as I can, and hopefully that will help me in the future – whatever that might be.

“Plus, juggling my Swifts’ commitments with raising toddler twins means my life can get really hectic. So right now, during downtime with the Swifts, I was able to really focus on the course work and getting that component finished.

“It’s great that I have succeeded in achieving Elite Accreditation.  Hopefully everything I’ve learnt throughout the process can help the Swifts towards a successful 2016,” Anderson concluded.

The Elite Coach Accreditation course was introduced in 2008 when Netball Australia re-launched the former three-step accreditation process, to what we now know as the six step process: Foundation, Development, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite and High Performance.

While many have undertaken the on-court practical component of the Elite Accreditation Course, Anderson becomes the first coach in NSW to successfully complete all three modules: on-court practical, theoretical workbooks, and assessed match play.

“Netball NSW is absolutely thrilled to announce Megan has successfully become our first Elite Coach,” Netball NSW Volunteer Workforce Manager Di Brown said.

“Megan’s successful assessment is a real breakthrough in this area, and I hope it encourages that next generation of coaches to be inspired by her success and look to complete all three components to earn their own Elite Accreditation.

“The on-court practical is a wonderful professional development tool and has been quite popular with our coaching community.  Now we can finally celebrate Megan as our first, I hope we may soon see more up-and-coming coaches achieve their Elite Accreditation in the not so distant future,” Brown concluded.

For more information on Coaching and the Accreditation Process, including upcoming workshops and courses, please visit our Coaching page or contact Netball NSW Coaching Coordinator Kezia Okulicz on (02) 9951 5000 or email [email protected].