New South Wales pair Briony Akle and Moira Gaha, Queensland’s Jenny Brazel, Melinda Clarke (ACT) and former Australian representative Nicole Richardson have all been given the tick of approval after completing their final assessment tasks for this intensive and rigorous course.
Coaches who have obtained the High Performance Coach Accreditation have coached at State and/or National level as well as demonstrated competency in all the high performance coaching technical and tactical skills.
Richardson, who played 32 Tests for Australia and was part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal side and also won a bronze medal in softball at the 1996 Olympic Games, is currently a specialist coach with West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship.
Brazel is an assistant coach at the Queensland Firebirds and also head coach of Australian Netball League side QLD Fusion.
Clarke and Akle are also both coaching in the ANL this season; Clarke at Canberra Darters and Akle in charge of the Netball NSW Waratahs. Gaha has led New South Wales’ underage state teams and also coached at ANL level.
We asked each of the group what it meant to be awarded with their High Performance Coach Accreditation:
“Finally completing my High Performance Coaching accreditation is something that I am extremely proud of. It has been a very long process over the past two years and I am elated that I can finally say that I have completed it. Having competed the final stages of the assignments with a new born baby was also challenging – let’s just say my husband was a very big help! I am really looking forward to continuing my learning and putting into practice everything I have learnt over the past two years.”
“Achieving my High Performance accreditation has been very rewarding, but more in the sense of the journey that it has been to get to this point. Most importantly it has been what I have learnt along the way about myself, the incredible coaches that mentored me, coaches that I have worked alongside and the athletes that I have been privilege to work with. My development as a coach continues every day and I am extremely fortunate and grateful to Netball Queensland and Roselee Jencke that I am in an environment where I am challenged to continue to better each and every day and, ultimately, be the best coach that I can.”
“Completing the high performance accreditation has been something I have been working towards for some time and it is great to have achieved it. I’ve certainly appreciated and learnt from the numerous opportunities provided to me by Netball ACT to coach our underage state teams and at ANL level. It is an important part of my ongoing development as a coach and will hopefully open up further opportunities to enhance my skills in the high performance environment.”
“I started coaching in high school and soon worked out that I loved both playing and coaching netball and that I wanted to know more. Along the way I have coached netball at many levels – from ANZ NetSetGO through to coaching New South Wales teams in the ANL and an apprentice coach for the NSW Swifts. Opportunities afforded to me by Netball NSW have been key in this process. The teams I have coached have won and lost many times – but I made sure I learned from every game. Working my way through the accreditation pathway was a long journey about learning, about taking and giving feedback and always challenging myself. There were many sacrifices and challenges, however, it was the support and continued encouragement from my amazing family and the teams that I coached that continued to fuel my enthusiasm. I believe that there can be no shortcuts to high achievement, so I put my mind, heart and soul into achieving this goal. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be rewarded with such an honor.”
“Over the past 10 years I have been fortunate enough to have been on the coaching panel at the City West Falcons in the Victorian Netball League. Under the tutelage and guidance of former national league coach Marg Lind, the Falcons coaching staff are challenged to think outside of the square in a supportive and encouraging environment. It is here where I have been able to develop and grow as a coach. I have been provided with coaching opportunities throughout Netball Victoria’s pathway at Zone Academy, State and ANL levels. I am also very grateful to Netball WA and the West Coast Fever for providing me with the opportunity to be a specialist coach in the ANZ Championships where I can continue to grow as a coach and be exposed to the pressures of High Performance Coaching.”