|Australian Netball Diamonds|
The former school teacher has enjoyed outstanding success since taking over as Diamonds coach late in 2011.Her crowning moment was guiding the Diamonds to the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 title having also ended Australia’s 12-year Commonwealth Games gold medal drought in 2014. Alexander is the first Australian coach in over 20 years who has not played internationally and the former Victorian representative and Australian squad members boasts an impressive coaching record at national league level. She has led Australia to four Constellation Cup series victories over the New Zealand Silver Ferns and has become the fifth person to coach Australia in 50 Tests, joining Jill McIntosh (94), Norma Plummer (83), Joyce Brown (66) and Wilma Shakespear (53).
A talented goal attack, Caldow captained Australia for eight years during an international netball career that spanned 17 years, from 1962 – 1979, and included three World Championship triumphs. As a coach, Caldow mentored many Australian players at the Australian Institute of Sport, Victorian Institute of Sport and a national assistance coach. Caldow also coached England at the 2007 World Netball Championships. Following a stellar playing career Caldow was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).
As Netball Australia’s High Performance Operations Manager for the past five years, Richardson has played a significant role in the success of the Diamonds behind the scenes. Richardson manages all the logistics associated with the Australian Diamonds.
Alanna has been involved with the Australian Netball Diamonds since 2011 and brings 18 years of Sports Physiotherapy experience across a wide range of sports, with a particular interest in rugby and netball injuries. Alanna supplements her work at The Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic: North Sydney with year round management of Diamonds and National Pathway athletes. Alanna is passionate about Load Management and Injury Prevention particularly of the lower limb and is currently assisting in research in this area. She is an accredited APA Sports Physiotherapist with a Masters of Health Science (Sports Physiotherapy).
Paula has worked with the NSW Swifts since 2009 and numerous Netball NSW teams. A former Australian junior squad netballer, she has worked with Australian junior netball and basketball teams, in addition to numerous Australian Paralympic sports. Paula was part of the Commonwealth Games headquarters physiotherapy team in Glasgow 2014.
Chief Medical Officer / Team Doctor:
Dr Sophie Armstrong
Dr Sophie Armstrong qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) from Cardiff University, UK in 2006. She subsequently worked in General Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Emergency Medicine in both the UK & Australia. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma from Bath University, UK in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2010 converting this to a Masters Degree in 2013. Dr Sophie Armstrong has personal experience of elite sports having been an International Netball player with the Welsh National Squad.
Bernd qualified in Physiotherapy and “Medical Massage” in Stuttgart, Germany, in the 1980s and has since travelled as a soft-tissue therapist to five Olympic Games and four Commonwealth Games. His deep interest in elite sport was galvanised in the early 1990s when he was invited on extended competition and training tours to North America and Europe with the Australian Road Cycling Team. He has since forged a close working relationship with both Australian Cricket (he toured with the team to the UK in 2010 and to India and Sri Lanka for the 2011 World Cup) and with Australian Swimming, traveling extensively with some of the world’s top swimmers since 1996.
Dr Mitchell Mooney
Mitchell began working with Essendon FC as a PhD scholar in 2009, once finished his research he began working at the Australia Institute of Sport as a Performance Analyst in 2011. Whilst at the AIS Mitchell has worked with many sports such as rowing, netball and soccer. Mitchell also attended the London Olympics as part of the Australian ‘green and gold’ performance analysis support team. Mitchell has been working with netball since 2013 working with the AIS netball team, Australian Under 21s WYC team, Fast 5 Flyers and the Australian Diamonds.
Strength and Conditioning:
Before netball Leigh worked with national teams in soccer, aerial skiing, hockey, kayak and para sports, attending World Cups and various international events. He has also worked with waterpolo and basketball, as well as many professional sports.
Laura has been involved with the Australian Netball Diamonds and AIS Netball Program since 2010. During her time at the Australian Institute of Sport as a PhD Scholar (topic: sleep in athletes), Laura provided advice and assistance to minimise fatigue and maximise recovery across a wide range of sports. Laura currently holds the position of Performance Support Manager at Netball Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (ECU), Bachelor of Exercise and Rehabilitation (ECU), Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours (Murdoch University) and is currently completing a PhD (Murdoch University).
Angie Bain has been involved with the Diamonds since 2013 in the role of Wellbeing Consultant. Prior to this she was the Wellbeing Manager at West Coast Fever and currently holds the position of Player Development Manager with the Australian Cricketer’s Association, specialising in the delivery of career, education and wellbeing support. Angie is passionate about the professional development and wellbeing support of the Australian Diamonds. She draws on her Honours qualifications in Sports Science (Sports Psychology) and Post Graduate specialisation in Careers Counselling and Counselling. Her experience is also drawn from similar positions held with the Australian Mens and Womens Hockey Teams and the WA Institute of Sport (Team Sports). Angie has also represented Western Australia as a player and coach in underage State Netball Teams, before transitioning to player development and high performance management positions with both Netball WA and Netball Victoria.
Kerry has been involved with the Diamonds and Netball Australia as a consultant Sports Dietitian for close to 20 years. Kerry provides individuals performance nutrition advice to the players and is heavily involved in developing nutritional education for the Netball Australia High Performance Pathway. Kerry has her own Nutrition Consultancy – Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants – and also works with Queensland Cricket, Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Roar and Queensland Firebirds. Kerry represented both Victoria and Queensland in underage and State Netball Teams, finishing her playing career as a Queensland Firebird in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.