Rob Wright is lucky Number 13

With the 2013 season just around the corner, Netball NSW would like to take some time to highlight the achievements of one of our coaching identities; Robert Wright.

After two years of hard work and dedication, the NSW Swifts Assistant Coach becomes just the 13thcoach in NSW to be awarded the High Performance Coaching Accreditation.

You can meet Rob Wright at our inaugural NSW Swifts FAN DAY at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday 17 February! You may even have the chance to be part of Behind-The-Scenes Tour hosted by Rob!

The High Performance Coaching Accreditation course is run just once a year with a maximum five participants being accepted at once.  The application process is a rigorous one; potential participants must first submit paperwork and evidence of their coaching background, before being invited to interview in front of a panel of Netball Australia identities, including course facilitator Carol Byers.

Once successfully accepted into the course, Wright said that’s when the excitement really hit home.

“I went to Melbourne to attend the course induction, where we went through what will be expected of us – the modules, practical assessments, and the processes,” Wright commented.

“To add to the excitement of starting, two of my coaching idols were there to present the course alongside Carol (Byers) … Jill McIntosh and Marg Angove.”

“In my opinion, Jill McIntosh is the best coach in history – to have lost just six games in 10 years, with a winning rate of 94 per cent is just amazing … and I have met no better defensive coach than Marg Angove.”

Over a two-year period Wright was given mentoring from NSWIS High Performance and IFNA Coach Panellist Sue Hawkins, whilst also being assessed during practical sessions – including coaching the Netball NSW Blues during the 2012 Australian Netball League season.

“To have so much support during the process, it’s a real credit to Netball Australia … our Accreditation Courses are amongst the best in the world, which is highlighted by the support given by some of the best coaches and umpires going around,” Wright said.

“People like Jill McIntosh, Sharon Kelly, Marg Angove … these people are the best netball brains, so of course those like me who are making their way through their development pathways are going to benefit from learning from the best.”

Whilst celebrating his achievement, Wright took the chance to reflect upon a few people that were kind enough to give him a start to his career.

 “Apart from my mum, who I watched coach netball teams for 10-plus years, Anita Keelan has always been a real support – she has always been so generous with her time … and achieving this Accreditation also rewards the faith people like Anita put in me along the way,” Wright commented.

“It would also be remiss of me to not acknowledge a number of High Performance coaches that have greatly influenced me along the way.  These coaches include Janet Bothwell, Jon Fletcher, Julie Fitzgerald and of course Lisa Beehag.”

“The amazing thing about all these coaches is how generous they are in sharing their knowledge, as well as all providing opportunity to be involved and contribute … this is something I have always been very grateful for, and is a philosophy I have also adopted.”

To those who know or have worked with him before, Wright is considered a ‘technological coach’; a coach who sees the advantage of using performance analysis technology to assist the players with their game.

 “Coaching is a mix of art and science.  In this day and age, coaches of all sporting codes are always looking for an advantage – performance analysis is the 21stcentury coach, and netball is right up there with other sports in its use,” states Wright.

So what is next for the newly appointed High Performance coach?

“My number one priority is to assist in whichever way I can for the NSW Swifts to take home the 2013 ANZ Championship and become the first dual premiership team,” Wright said.

“We have a great team with amazingly talented players, so I’m looking forward to Round One to get things started.”

Swifts fans can see their favourite players at the inaugural NSW Swifts FAN DAY this weekend on Sunday 17 February.  This FREE EVENT will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre from 10.00am to 1.00pm, before the Swifts take the court for an Exhibition Match against 2012 Grand Finalists Melbourne Vixens.

Tickets for the Exhibition Match are available at the door or via; however, 2013 Members receive free entry! 

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