Ex-internationals selected to develop coaching skills

ANDERSON_HRThree former Australian players have been selected to develop their coaching skills as part of Netball Australia’s Targeted Coach Program.

The Targeted Coach Program provides development opportunities for identified coaches within national programs and national camps and aims to provide them with continued development and learning under the guidance of experienced national coaches.

Former Australian international representatives Lauren Nourse, Mo’onia Gerrard and Megan Anderson, right, have been selected as part of an intake that will visit Netball Australia’s new Centre of Excellence in Canberra throughout the year.

The 2014 Targeted Coach Program intake is:

17/U National Program
Amber Cross (NSW), Karly Hoar (WA), Kym Symons (ACT)

19/U National Program
Tasha Nykyforak (WA), Christine Voge (Queensland)

19/U Specialist Coaches
Lauren Nourse (C/WA, Queensland), Mo’onia Gerrard (Defence, NSW), Dan Ryan (Shooting, South Australia).

21/U National Program
Kylee Byrne (Queensland)

Netball Centre of Excellence
Stacey Rosman (Western Australia)

Netball Centre of Excellence Specialist Coaches
Megan Anderson (Shooting, NSW).

“The 17/U and 19/U National Program coaches will be involved in their respective age groups’ national camps next month,” Netball Australia’s Head of High Performance Carol Byers said.

“The specialist coaches will work with their appointed counterparts and assist with these specialist sessions.”

Anderson is an assistant coach with ANZ Championship side the NSW Swifts while Rosman is the assistant coach at West Coast Fever. Gerrard is a specialist coach at the Swifts.

As part of Rosman’s role, she will serve as an assistant coach during the Centre of Excellence’s tour of South Africa in October.

Byrne is coach of the Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League and will attend the 21/U selection camp in September and travel to New Zealand with the team.

“We’re delighted with the quality of coaches in this year’s intake and believe that their coaching skills will flourish by being involved with the program,” Byers said.

“In addition, the athletes involved in the Centre of Excellence will benefit from being surrounded by such coaching expertise during their visits.”