Just days after announcing Kimberlee Green would lead the NSW Swifts as Captain for the 2015 ANZ Championship, Netball Australia has confirmed the NSW junior representative as Vice Captain of the Australian Diamonds.
Laura Geitz has been reappointed Captain of the national side, with Green named sole Vice Captain after sharing the role with Bianca Chatfield for the past two international seasons. Chatfield announced her retirement from international netball following Australia’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medal win in August last year.
Geitz and Green will be joined by Renae Hallinan and Green’s NSW Swifts teammate Julie Corletto after the duo were selected into the Leadership Group at the Diamonds’ training camp in December last year.
Netball NSW would like to congratulate both Kim and Julie for their appointments!
Read the full announcement from Netball Australia below…
The Australian Diamonds Leadership Group has been announced with Julie Corletto and Renae Hallinan joining Captain Laura Geitz and Vice-Captain Kimberlee Green.
Geitz has been reappointed Australian Diamonds Captain and Green named Vice-Captain after sharing that role with Bianca Chatfield for the past two international seasons.
Corletto and Hallinan were selected into the leadership group at the Diamonds’ training camp in November last year and Australian Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander said she’s delighted to have four outstanding athletes filling the key roles.
Geitz was appointed Diamonds captain in 2013 and has led Australia in 18 Tests with a remarkable 94 per cent winning record, highlighted by the 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in Glasgow.
“Laura has simply been outstanding as Captain, she is humble enough to know that she can always learn and get better as an athlete and a leader,” Alexander said.
“She truly exhibits our `Sisters in Arms’ trademark and our expected behaviours and that’s why her teammates respect Laura as a leader.”
Green stepped up to lead the Diamonds in the two Tests against England at the end of last year when Geitz was injured. Alexander said Green’s `team first’ ethic sets an example to the rest of the squad.
“Kim showed her true colours leading the team under adversity and that’s what the playing group respects about her. She is still demanding on the team and herself,” Alexander said.
Alexander said Hallinan and Corletto will complement the leadership given by Geitz and Green.
“Renae and Julie have experienced hardship over their careers but that’s how real growth as a person occurs,” Alexander said.
“They’ve both shown with their actions that they just get on with things and, again, try to be the best netballers they can be. I am delighted to have both Renae and Julie contribute to this most important aspect of our High Performance vision.”
Alexander said Australia’s team for August’s Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY would be announced in June following the 2015 ANZ Championship season.
See the world’s best netballers LIVE in action at the 2015 ANZ Championship Official Pre-Season Summer Shootout!
All 10 ANZ Championship teams will be at Netball Central from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 February, however tickets are selling fast so get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Sessions 2-4 have already sold out, however there are still a handful of tickets remaining for the opening session this Friday 6 February – your first chance to see the 2015 NSW Swifts in action against an ANZ Championship team.
See the Swifts take on the Northern Mystics on the Netball Central Show Court at 6:30pm, with all teams in action on the night as the Melbourne Vixens take on WBOP Magic, West Coast Fever against Southern Steel, QLD Firebirds vs Mainland Tactix and Central Pulse to battle Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Plus, there are just four sleeps until the NSW Swifts FREE Family Fun Day this Sunday 8 February from 11am!
There is so much to see and do, including meeting your favourite NSW Swifts, as well as your favourite Disney Princesses, including Queen Elsa from Frozen. Cheer on the mighty Swifts when they take on the defending Champions, the Melbourne Vixens, from 2pm – FREE ENTRY for everyone!