The NSW Swifts have unveiled its Leadership Group for the 2015 ANZ Championship season, which will be led by current Australian Diamonds’ Vice-Captain and reigning ANZ Championship co-MVP Kimberlee Green.
Green, 28, will captain the NSW Swifts for a fourth* consecutive season, with defender Sharni Layton and fellow midcourter Abbey McCulloch named as co-Vice Captains.
“2014 was Kim’s first season as sole Captain of the Club and she thrived with this added responsibility, not only producing career-best form herself, but leading the team to its first Finals appearance in three years,” explained NSW Swifts’ Head Coach Rob Wright.
“I’ve been impressed by Kim’s growth as a leader while in the role as Captain, and through her professionalism and desire for excellence, she continually inspires those around her to want to improve week on week.”
Coming off a stellar 2014 – which included being named the NSW Swifts QBE Most Valued Player, inclusion in the FOXTEL All-Stars Team, plus Commonwealth Games Gold with the Australian Netball Team – Green is looking forward to leading this season’s acclaimed roster and building upon the success of 2014.
“It’s an honour to be named as Captain for another season, and it is a role I take great pride in holding,” remarked reappointed Captain Kim Green.
“We have such an exciting roster, and along with the coaching and support staff led by Rob (Wright), we continue to build upon the foundations that were laid last season in creating an environment which supports our performance ambitions, and fosters a culture of respect and comradery.”
Having made her elite netball debut in 2004, Green has never been more driven to achieve success and is using last June’s heartbreaking Minor Semi-Final loss, 50-49, to Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic as inspiration.
“Last season we came so close to winning the title, and it’s that disappointment which many of the team are using as added motivation this year,” Green stated.
“With strong off-season recruitment, the move to our new elite training facilities at Netball Central, plus the overwhelming support we’ve received from our sold out 2015 Membership; I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited about taking the court for a new season,” concluded Kim Green.
The NSW Swifts introduced a new system this season when appointing their Leadership Group, with Rob Wright giving the new roster – which includes six news faces – an extended period of time for the team dynamic to form and the natural emergence of the leaders within the group. The Leadership Team was shaped following a self-nomination and voting process, involving the players and coaching staff.
For Layton, 27, this is her second year as a member of the Swifts’ Leadership Group, however it’s the first time 25-year-old Abbey McCulloch has been appointed to such a role at the Club.
“We are very fortunate to have so many leaders within our roster, not just those chosen, but the experience and qualities of Susan Pettitt (nee Pratley), Caitlin Thwaites, Julie Corletto and Jade Clarke,” said Rob Wright as he takes the reins for his second season as Head Coach.
“As a Club we take a holistic approach to leadership, it’s more than just performance-led and it extends beyond netball. Kim, Sharni and Abbey complement each other very well, all bringing different skills to the table, and will provide strong yet inspiring leadership for us this season,” Wright concluded.
The newly appointed leaders spoke to NSWSwiftsTV ahead of the announcement:
The NSW Swifts will play their first pre-season games this weekend when Netball NSW hosts the 2015 ANZ Championship Official Pre-Season Summer Shootout at its new $35M centre of excellence, Netball Central at Sydney Olympic Park from 6-8 February.
Tickets for sessions on Saturday and Sunday have sold out, however a very limited number remain for the Friday night session which starts at 5pm. Click here to view Draw. Tickets are available here priced at $15 per person per session or $10 for 2015 NSW Swifts’ Members.
The Club will hold its FREE Family Fun Day this Sunday 8 February from 11am at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, which culminates in an exhibition game featuring the NSW Swifts against reigning Premiers, Melbourne Vixens at 2pm. This exhibition game is free, with no tickets required; seats are unreserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The NSW Swifts will open their 2015 ANZ Championship campaign on Sunday 1 March with a trip to Invercargill, New Zealand, to take on the Southern Steel (5:40pm Sydney time).
While the NSW Swifts have sold out of 2015 Memberships, there are a number of a general admission tickets now available for all home games at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre plus the Allphones Arena Blockbuster on Sunday 3 May where the Club is looking to eclipse its all-time League regular season attendance record set last season of 10,118 – Get Tickets.