Australian netball champion Kathryn Harby-Williams has been appointed Executive Officer of the Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA).
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion, Harby-Willams will take over the reins at the ANPA from 2007 world championship winning Australian Diamonds player, Lauren Nourse.
Harby-Willams takes control at a time when netball has never been so competitive globally and the Suncorp Super Netball has grown interest and the professionalism of the sport domestically.
Talking about the appointment, Harby-Williams said the opportunity to lead the ANPA was a great challenge and something she looked forward to.
“The ANPA has a really important role in promoting the interests and welfare of Australian netballers, past and present.
“We provide a collective voice for netballers, to protect and support them on and off the court.
“I’m focused on constitutional reform and a clear purpose, vision and plan for the ANPA. This also involves continuing the strong relationships with key stakeholder groups, including Netball Australia, clubs, officials and member organisations.
“Netball is in a great position and I look forward to helping grow the sport and athletes who are the stars of the show,” Harby-Willams said.
Netball Australia Chief Executive, Marne Fechner congratulated Kathryn on her new role.
“She will be a great advocate for the players. Netball Australia works closely with the ANPA and I’m looking forward to continuing that strong relationship through Kathryn.
“The players interests and welfare is top of mind and they play a critical role as we continue to grow and develop as a sport; from community participation to elite competition.
ANPA president, Natalie Medhurst said the appointment was well supported by the players group.
“The playing group is excited about working closely with Kathryn on the matters that shape our ability to be high performing athletes and role models for the next generation of netballers.
“The ANPA is extremely important in pushing the players position on how the game of netball is evolving. Players are central to this discussion with all stakeholders.
“Kathryn’s position will also be important around the processes and rules put in place for contracted athletes at Suncorp Super Netball clubs,” Medhurst said.
The Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA) is a collective voice to promote the interests and protect the welfare of Australia’s elite netballers past and present, as well as provide education and support to those players.
For more information on the ANPA, please visit www.ausnetballpa.com.au.
The ANPA is a member of The Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA) – the peak body for Australia’s elite professional athletes. The AAA represents over 3,500 athletes through Australia’s eight major players’ and athletes’ associations.
For more information on the AAA, please visit www.ausathletesall.com.au.