Netball earns above average rating from ASC

ascNetball has been awarded an above average high-performance rating from the Australian Sports Commission.

The ASC has publicly released a report card for the first time giving each sport – which receives annual funding from the Federal Government body – a score between one and five based on its high performance progress.

Netball was one of 10 sports to receive a rating of four with no sport receiving a five.

The ASC has noted that Australia is on target to win gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after convincingly beating the New Zealand Silver Ferns in last year’s Constellation Cup series – and also the 2015 World Cup.

“NA (Netball Australia) delivered on all aspects of its sport development plan in 2013, including achieving membership growth,” the ASC report card noted.

Netball Australia chief executive Kate Palmer said it’s pleasing to be performing above targets.

“This rating indicates that we are performing well in all areas of our sport – but we will not be satisfied until we reach a rating of five which is exceptional performance.” Palmer said.

“Our target is to win the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and World Cup next year. This report card doesn’t guarantee that result but does mean we’re on the right track.

“This rating reflects well on the sport nationally and we will continue to work with our State Associations to ensure growth across all our programs.”

Australian Sports Commission chair John Wylie said the report card – titled Sports Tally 2014 – gave a significant assessment of each sport’s performance in 2013.

“We have set clear and ambitious goals for Australian achievement in international sport and we believe this reporting framework through the Sports Tally is an important step along the path,” Wylie said.