Netball Australia will be conducting a National High Performance Coaching Conference to coincide with the Quad Series Test matches on Saturday 26th August in Brisbane.

The full day conference will be held at the BUPA National Cricket Centre and will include a number of high profile speakers, coaches and facilitators from various sports including, keynote Bec Goddard (AFLW Adelaide Crows Coach), Alen Stajcic (FFA Matildas Coach) and Brad Donald (Jillaroos Head Coach).

The Conference is open to accredited High Performance coaches, relevant Member Organisation staff and coaches currently working within the Netball Australia High Performance system.

Coaches will need to organise their own travel arrangements. A range of special accommodation offers are available to conference delegates.


26th August 2017 – BUPA National Cricket Centre

9:00am – 2.00pm – Ricky Ponting Room, 20 Greg Chappell Street, Albion, QLD

3.00pm – 7.30pm – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Melaleuca Dr, Boondall, QLD (Quad Series Test Matches)

3.00pm – Australian Diamonds v England Roses

5.00pm – Silver Ferns v SPAR Proteas (South Africa)

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Conference Program

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Key Speakers

Bec Goddard

Bec Goddard is the reigning Premiership Coach in the AFLW, coaching Adelaide Crows to Victory in April.

Goddard has extensive playing and coaching experience both in the ACT and South Australia. Born and bred in Canberra, Goddard first started playing Aussie Rules in 1999 and has been pivotal in the growth of the women’s game. Her impressive playing and coaching career includes premierships at Eastlake Football Club women’s team as well assistant coach stints at NEAFL clubs Ainslie and Queanbeyan. Most recently Goddard was an assistant coach at Woodville-West Torrens men’s team Centre of Excellence. 

Goddard has served as a member of the Australian Federal Police since 2001, holding positions as Team Leader across multiple units. 


Alen Stajcic

Alen Stajcic is the current Head Coach of the Australian Women’s National Football Team, the Matildas.

Since turning his hand to coaching he had become the Head Coach of NSWIS for Women’s Soccer, Head Coach of The Hills Sports High School Football Program, Head Coach of the Australian Under 20 Women’s National Team, and was appointed coach for Sydney FC in the first season of the Australian W-League.




Dr Steven Rynne

Dr Steven Rynne has a PhD in the field of sports coach learning and has worked with the Australian Sports Commission as a research officer investigating coach learning in the National Coaching Scholarship Program, while currently involved as a research fellow on a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation project being run through the Indigenous Sport Program (Australian Sports Commission). Steven also works with Cricket Australia contributing to coach education and development projects. 




Bob Crudgington

Bob Crudgington has spent the majority of his professional life as a high performance coach and manager. Working with the Australian Institute of Sport, he was Head Coach of the Australian Women’s Softball team and led the team to bronze medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games. In 2001 he was appointed as the High Performance Manager of Diving Australia and the AIS Diving Program in preparation for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He has also worked as a consultant to high performance programs including the Australian Institute of Sport, the Queensland Academy of Sport, the Australian Shooting Association, the Australian Volleyball Federation and Basketball Queensland



Brad Donald

Brad Donald is the Jillaroos Head Coach (National Women’s Rugby League) and the NRL’s Elite Programs Manager. His Elite Programs role means that he oversees all national elite programs including the Australian Kangaroos and Jillaroos. Brad started out coaching at the junior level and moved into senior coaching in Bathurst and Orange. Brad then moved to Canberra, working with the Raiders and eventually headed to Brisbane where he has worked in Game Development, Participation and Strategy, and Coaching roles. He has experience coaching both men’s and women’s rugby league




Andy Richards

Andy Richards is the Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat WBBL coach, and current State Talent and Pathways Manager women’s cricket. Andy was head coach for the Queensland Fire’s inaugural win of the national competition in 2014 and he has progressed a variety of players into the national squad. Andy has been a driving force in creating a cultural shift in the women’s game in Queensland.




Dr Tristan Coulter

Dr Tristan Coulter has a personal and professional background in high performance contexts. Tristan’s own experiences in golf and dance have served to inform his world leading research agendas in narrative psychology and mental toughness. Moreover, his research and professional consultancies have been conducted in a variety of performance contexts including domestic (e.g. AFL) and international (e.g. English Cricket Board).




Angie Bain

Angie Bain has been involved with the Diamonds since 2013 in the role of Wellbeing Manager. Prior to this she was the Player Development Manager for the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and currently holds the position of Regional Manager in Player Development and Player Relations for the AFL Players’ Association.





EARLY BIRD (until August 15):

$250 (price includes full conference, morning tea, lunch, ticket to Test Match)

STANDARD (after August 15):

$300 (price includes full conference, morning tea, lunch, ticket to Test match)

Conference Only:

$200 (price includes full conference, morning tea and lunch)


Login in to MyNetball, go to Learning, Online Learning, Available Courses to find the National High Performance Coaching Conference item to enrol in. This will then take you to MyNetball Learning where you can select the session (conference only or conference plus Quad Series games) that you would like to attend.

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