Netball Queensland is pleased to announce Simone Nalatu has been appointed Head Coach of Queensland 17 and under for 2017.
The SunCoast Lynx coach brings a wealth of practical knowledge, having played for the Firebirds from 2004 to 2007, represented her native Fiji at the 2007 Netball World Cup and captained Queensland Fusion for their inaugural season in 2008.
Nalatu said she was delighted to get the chance to take the reigns of her first Queensland side.
“This is as exciting to me as when I made my first state team,” Nalatu said.
“I want the girls to have high standards and expectations of themselves and the group. We want this team to play netball that is reflective of not only them, but also Queensland, and that style is a fast, well-drilled tenacious brand of netball.
“Ultimately, I want this group to understand the importance of maintaining high standards on the court and balancing life off it too. We want to hit home about the responsibility of taking care of themselves and the team.”
Nalatu will continue to coach SunCoast Lynx in QSNL in addition to her 17s role. She has held the position for three years and worked under Firebirds assistant coach Jenny Brazel as an assistant prior.
Netball Queensland High Performance General Manager Richard McInnes said Nalatu would be an excellent mentor for the next generation of Queensland stars.
“We’re delighted our 17 and under athletes will have the chance to better their trades under such an experienced and respected coach,” McInnes.
“Having experienced elite netball as a player and coach, Simone knows what it takes to be successful on and off the court and we’re sure the playing group will flourish individually and as a team under her guidance.
“Netball Queensland are pleased to have her undertake the role and look forward to her coaching career continuing to develop from her.”
Nalatu will cast her eye over the group of players auditioning for her side at the Netball Queensland Emerging Players Camp from September 27-30 at Logan Indoor Sports Centre.