Dix steps down after decade as president

_MCA6226LiFor the last decade Noeleen Dix has been able to combine her love of netball with having an instrumental role in shaping the future of the sport.

In her role as Netball Australia President, Dix was a driving force behind establishing the ANZ Championship, oversaw the move of the organisation’s head office from Sydney to Melbourne, led the way in governance reform and part of the bid team that secured the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney.

She was also Australia’s International Delegate to the International Netball Federation (INF) Board at three International Congress Meetings and Honorary Secretary of the Asian Netball Region.

A former Australian international in the early 1980’s, Dix has stepped down as President after 10 years in the role – and from the board, which she had been a member of since 2002.

At the time Dix took over as President, Australia was ranked No.2 in world netball behind arch rivals New Zealand.

_MCA5789LiShe departs with Australia a clear No.1 in the world having won the past three Netball World Cups – 2007, 2011 and 2015 – as well as ending the country’s 12-year Commonwealth Games Gold Medal drought in 2014.

“Netball has come a long way in the last 10 years,” Dix said.

“The two factors I would point to are the ANZ Championship lifting the bar in the intensity and level of professional competition in allowing our athletes to become the best in the world and the improvements we have made in the governance of our sport at all levels.

“The professional approach to delivering netball in the Australian community has meant that our capacity has increased and the sport has flourished.”

While the elite environment is strong, Dix is also proud of what the sport has achieved at grassroots level through the ANZ NetSetGO program.

“I was around 30 years ago when our modified game `Netta Netball’ was launched as an introduction to playing netball,” Dix said.

“It was wonderful to hear that in 2015 ANZ NetSetGO had just under 190,000 youngsters registered in this program across Australia.photo 3

“It is a tribute to the original designer and all the coaches and administrators in recognising its potential and giving it a go.

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said Dix had led “significant cultural change in netball” and would leave an indelible legacy on the sport.

“Noeleen has a very strong values system, is well regarded and respected for her honesty, integrity and transparency,” Palmer said.

“The 2015 Netball World Cup, and the accompanying legacy projects, were an outstanding success and will change the sport of netball forever in terms of profile, commercial outcomes and participation in the sport.

“It has been an absolute honour to work with Noeleen, who has been a mentor, advisor and sounding board across 10 years.

“Noeleen inspires everyone with her strong vision and belief in the future of netball. Noeleen leaves at a time when netball is perfectly positioned to take on the world. What a legacy that is.”

Dix believes netball will continue to go from strength to strength with solid programs in place from grassroots level right through to the Diamonds.

“We are on top of the world at the elite level and have eight capable and very successful state and territory associations providing leadership in their communities, delivering amazing competitions and programs, and offering the game for mainly girls and women,” Dix said.

“I am very proud of the contribution of the Netball Australia Directors and staff over the ten years of my presidency, in being courageous and yet measured in their strategies for the future.

“So, with Netball in the hands of the current very talented Board and under the leadership of Chief Executive Kate Palmer, they will no doubt take it onto far greater achievements. It will be exciting to watch.”