CEO: Conference learnings vital for growth

Netball may be the market leader when it comes to women participating in sport in this country, but now, more than ever, is the time for administrators and participants to take action to ensure the game maintains its status in the hearts and minds of everyday Australians.

That’s the view of Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell who has seen the sporting organisation grow from humble beginnings to one of the largest in the whole country.

With over 113,000 registered Members and established State and National pathways for high performance athletes, netball holds a special place not just in the elite sport space, but also in metropolitan and rural communities across NSW.

The need for learning and the need to review the netball’s way of operating is constant, however. That’s why Campbell introduced the Netball NSW Conference as a means to keep the State’s netball community informed and help the sport flourish.

“The Netball NSW Conference is one of the best tools for us to provide to our community with the information and learning they need to keep their Clubs and Associations going in the right direction,” she says.

“We have sourced some of the most celebrated names in Australian sport and industry to speak and share their knowledge at the 2018 Conference and I cannot wait to see how our learnings over the weekend will be implemented across the State.

“Netball has never been stronger in Australia and with Suncorp Super Netball airing into homes all over the country. thanks to the free-to-air TV deal with Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports. it would be tempting to rest on our laurels but we cannot do this.

“Netball needs to stay ahead of the game and review where the sport is going on a constant basis. We need to inform our Members, volunteers, coaches, umpires, players and admin staff of what is happening at State, National and, in some cases, international levels.

“We are fortunate that our product is world-class and in the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball we have two elite teams this State can be very proud of. Our playing numbers and the volumes of people involved behind the scenes are also very healthy across the State but we need to be vigilant.

“We are now in a much more competitive market than before when it comes to women in sport, therefore we are constantly looking for ways to keep our product fresh, and bring even more professionalism to the game at all levels including grassroots.”

The 2018 Netball NSW Conference, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 March, at the Genea Netball Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, will see netball participants joined by high performance experts from other codes and industry leaders to discuss key issues such as how to leverage interest in the game. It will also look at future visions for competitions, pathways and Associations.

Among the speakers will be legendary Australian Olympic Hockey Coach Dr Ric Charlesworth AO and Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner. They will also be joined by the likes of Julie Fitzgerald, Briony Akle, Clare McMeniman, Sharon Kelly and Simone McKinnis OAM who will speak, participate in and share what’s in store for the future in the fields of playing, coaching, officiating and further afield.

“Two years is a very long time in sport and it is hugely important that Associations across NSW use all the tools at their disposal to keep netball in the healthy state it’s in, and even enhance it,” Campbell added.

“Clubs and Associations are our lifeblood and the efforts they go to week in, week out are amazing. I honestly believe we have the best volunteers of any sport in Australia and our playing numbers are a testament to this. Now is the time to keep learning at the forefront of our minds to make sure we stay in this position.”


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Registration Information

Full Registration
Unlimited access to all conference sessions and exclusive access to two pre-season games featuring NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball. Also including is a parking pass, delegate pack, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Half Registration
Access to either Saturday or Sunday’s sessions and includes a parking pass, delegate pack, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Plus, Saturday delegates will also have exclusive access to two pre-season games  featuring NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball.


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Two Day Pass
Day One – Saturday
Day Two – Sunday


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2018 Conference Program

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