Mixing it with Australian sports high performers

_MCA0423LiI’ve been back in Canberra this week with some of the best high performance minds in Australian sport at the `World Class to World Best’ Conference.

It’s an important conference that brings together high performance coaches, directors, managers and support staff to address strategies to support Australia’s high performance sports system.

It was inspiring to listen to many great leaders of Australian sport with a key theme of being ready for competition. Many of our Olympic sports are preparing for their `D-Day’ in Brazil in 2016 and so the discussion was robust and reflected that urgency.

I was honoured to be selected to present at the conference about the Australian Diamonds’ journey to Commonwealth Games Gold Medal success in Glasgow and share our story with my high performance colleagues.

As my coaching hero, legendary Australian hockey mentor Ric Charlesworth says, it pays to be ever vigilant – that will be a key message to the Diamonds as we move into our preparation phase for next year’s Netball World Cup in Sydney.

Staying ahead of the rest of the world requires attention to detail and continuing to innovate and the Diamonds staff will strive to enable our wonderful athletes do just that over the coming weeks and months as the countdown begins.

www.mbphoto.co.nzIt was terrific to see the Aussie FAST5 Flyers represent Australia with distinction in the FAST5 World Netball Series in Auckland last weekend.

The team came agonisingly close to winning Australia’s first FAST5 title and, although disappointed with the Grand Final result against the Kiwis, I have no doubt every athlete in that side would have returned home having learnt many new skills to add to their netball resume.

We’ll soon be back in Canberra for our Diamonds’ athlete preparation camp – and for the annual Australian Netball Awards night at Parliament House.

We will take a small pause in our preparations for next year’s Netball World Cup in Sydney to celebrate what has been a superb year for netball in Australia.

Go Diamonds!