GDGoal DefenceWDWing Defence
4th October, 1965
Place of Birth
1st July, 1991
Rated by many as Australia’s best ever to play at wing defence, Simone McKinnis was part of the Australian squad for many years before finally making her Test debut in the 1991 Netball World Cup in Sydney.
She was a key part of Australia’s world champion winning teams in 1991 and 1995 as well as the side that won the inaugural netball gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
McKinnis announced her retirement from international netball following the 1998 Commonwealth Games before turning her attention to coaching.
She was an assistant coach with Melbourne Phoenix – the team she played two seasons with in 1997-98 – for half a season in 2003 before accepting a role as head coach of the Singapore Sports School Netball Academy.
She has also coached at the Australian Institute of Sport, in Tanzania before taking on the Melbourne Vixens job in 2013. She led the Vixens to the 2014 ANZ Championship title.
McKinnis was inducted into Netball Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2010.