Netball Australia has excelled in the delivery of its high performance program in 2016, the only sport to achieve the highest rating in the latest AIS Sports Tally report.
In 2012, the Australian Institute of Sport launched Australia’s Winning Edge 2012–2022, a national strategy outlining ambitious international performance targets for Australia over the next decade. The Sports Tally provides an annual health check on sports that receive Australia’s Winning Edge funding, including netball.
Netball Australia’s Head of High Performance Andrew Collins said, “receiving an excelling rating for 2016 is affirmation that we not only are performing well on the court, but our national and state systems and processes are seen as some of the very best. It is pleasing to receive such a positive evaluation as we build towards Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
“At the end of the day, Netball Australia strives to be the best program that we can possibly be, and prepare our athletes so they have the very best chance to be successful internationally,” he said.
“Our Diamonds have three international test series between now and the Commonwealth Games next April, and we are working closely with our national system and Suncorp Super Netball clubs on ensuring that our athletes are primed and ready to put out world-class performances each time they represent our country,” explained Collins.
Below is an extract from Sports Tally No 4, for the year 2016. View the full report at ausport.gov.au.
2016 was a midcycle year for the Diamond’s during which new athletes, combinations and strategies were trialled. The year began with a successful tour to England and culminated in a comprehensive series win over New Zealand in the Constellation Cup. 2016 was also a significant year off the court with a restructure of the domestic competition with the creation of Suncorp Super Netball and the introduction of club ownership from outside the traditional netball community. This transition is likely to present the Diamonds program with challenges in terms of athlete preparation and servicing however, Netball Australia is being proactive in its engagement with the various franchises to minimise the impact on international preparation and performance. The netball program has maintained consistent high level performance throughout the past four year performance cycle.
Netball Australia now holds every major trophy for events in which they have competed, including gold medals at the major benchmark events for the traditional game, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Netball World Cup. The sport has shown a willingness to utilise new technology and data to maintain its competitive position. Netball has demonstrated effective leadership at every level from board, executive, coaching and support staff and through strong athlete leadership has developed a great performance based culture at Diamonds level.