Netball NSW is delighted to announce the appointment of world-leading official, Sharon Kelly, to the position of NSW Umpire Coach.
The newly created role will provide technical advice and leadership in the area of umpire coaching, allocations and selection; while facilitate development and educational opportunities for the State’s umpires.
Sharon, who announced her retirement from international umpiring and the Netball Australia High Performance Program in August, has umpired more than 100 Test Matches including five Commonwealth Games (1998-2014) and four Netball World Cup (2003-2015).
She has also umpired more than 100 ANZ Championship matches and every Grand Final since the competition began in 2008. Prior to that, Sharon umpired in the former National League for eight seasons officiating the Grand Final each time.
Netball NSW Chief Executive Carolyn Campbell referred to this appointment as a “coup” when confirming the news.
“Netball NSW has a very proud tradition of producing the best athletes, coaches, umpires, officials and administrators for both the national and international stage,” Campbell said.
“There is no greater example of this than Sharon Kelly, who has been Australia’s premier umpire for almost two decades.
“To have someone of Sharon’s calibre playing a leading role in coaching our emerging and elite umpires is a real coup, and further reflects Netball NSW’s commitment to having the best developing the best.”
The 14-time Australian Umpire of the Year said she is very much looking forward to imparting her knowledge in this part-time position.
“This is a wonderful initiative by Netball NSW and I’m really excited to be able to play an active role in the development of the state’s umpires,” expressed Sharon.
“As Netball continues to evolve for players and coaches, it does so for umpires and officials.
“One of my primary responsibilities will be to deliver insight and guidance into the coaching Netball NSW provides to its umpiring ranks.
“With the exciting introduction of the Netball NSW Premier League, and the opportunities that this will give the umpires, I am really looking forward to working hands on with the on court umpires to help them achieve their goals.”
Sharon will commence her role at Netball NSW on 27 January 2016.