Across the weekend at Netball Central, 240 coaches, umpires, technical officials and administrators invested time, energy and passion in their own netball pre-season education by attending the 2016 Netball NSW Biennial Conference.
The 2016 edition was the sixth Biennial Conference, which offered the NSW netball community the opportunity to further their knowledge, skills and understanding of all aspects of the sport.
The weekend opened with a keynote address from Australian Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander, who shared with the participants the Diamonds’ journey to gold at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 and the work undertaken behind the scenes to provide the athletes with the best possible environment in which to perform as the host team, on a global stage.
The Commonwealth and World Cup gold medallist coach shared one of the keys to keep her driving and improving is always “being humble enough to know that you don’t know it all.”
After opening the conference with her keynote presentation, Alexander then delivered a two-hour practical High Performance coaching session alongside NSW Swifts Head Coach Rob Wright and ANZ Championship umpire Clare McCabe, as they led the NSW 19/U Team through training while mic’d up for the participants.
But there was more than on court sessions for participants, as they were given a holistic learning opportunity with three streams of education sessions which included; INF rules discussion with expert panelists, dietetics sessions, community engagement and inclusion programs discussions, MyNetball learning, social media sessions, ethics and values exploration – and even on court sessions featuring the NSW Swifts athletes and coaches with New Zealand Silver Ferns former head coach Yvonne Willering. There was something for everyone to enjoy…
Netball NSW would like to take this opportunity to thank the presenters, athletes, talent, venue teams, Netball NSW staff and 240 participants for their individual and team contributions to the weekend and we are already looking forward to hosting the seventh Biennial Conference 2018!
2016 Biennial Conference Snapshot – Watch the video: