Queensland Sapphires

We have worked closely with Katie to bring together a performance team that can challenge, equip and support her and the team to realise their potential and deliver a quality campaign.

Simone and Ashley both have strong relationships with many of the players from their previous two years in the QLD State Team programme, which will assist in quickly building rapport and cohesion within the group.

Supporting both Katie and Simone in their high performance coaching journey is a key objective of ours as they progress from their Elite Development Mentoring role into managing this team and campaign


Queensland Sapphires 12-person squad 2021


Reilley Batcheldor (QUT Netball)

Charlie Bell (USQ Jets)

Martina Reekers (Brisbane North Cougars)

Mia Stower (Brisbane North Cougars)


Ava Black (Bond University Bull Sharks)

Macy Gardner (Brisbane North Cougars)

Leesa Mi Mi (Brisbane North Cougars)

Hulita Veve (QUT Netball)


Ruby Bakewell-Doran (Brisbane North Cougars)

Rudi Ellis (Queensland Firebirds)

Ashleigh Ervin (Bond University Bull Sharks)

Remi Kamo  (Brisbane North Cougars)

Training Partners

Lily Cubby (USQ Jets)

Lily Gribble (QUT Netball))

Abigail Houston (USQ Jets)

Alice Mauga (Carina Leagues Club Tigers)

Monique Piunti (Brisbane North Cougars)

Natasha Robinson (Carina League Club Tigers)

Note: Only athletes eligible for Australian representation were open to selection.


Queensland Sapphire Performance Team 

Head Coach – Katie Walker

Assistant Coach - Dr. Simone Nalatu. (QLD 19&Under Head Coach)

Team Manager - Ashley Naugamo (QLD 19& Under and Carina Leagues Club Tigers Team Manager)

Physical Performance Leads - Brynley Abad & Georgia Black (QLD Firebirds)

Performance Analysis - Brandon Marangelli & Natalie Grider (University of QLD)

Physiotherapist - Kerry Staples (Firebirds & RHP Physiotherapy)