Netball Queensland is delighted to announce the final high-performance management team for season 2019.
The Coaches and Team Manager have today been announced for the Queensland Fusion. The Queensland Fusion compete in the Australian Netball League – the direct feeder competition to the Suncorp Super Netball.
In 2019, Tracey Jeanes-Fraser will return to her role as Head Coach of the team, while Simone Nalatu and Anna Young join her as Assistant Coaches.
Jeanes-Fraser was acknowledged and congratulated during yesterday’s Quad Series final for achieving her High-Performance Coaching Accreditation as part of the two-year course implemented by Netball Australia. The revised course involves 12 months extensive mentoring and two residential programs to complete the training.
Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Sport Andrew Collins says the benefits of the new two-year High-Performance Coach Accreditation program are extensive and that the improvements to the course will help ensure that Australia’s high-performance coaches are of the highest calibre.
“This program takes a holistic approach to learning and development which is tailored to each individual coach and occurs within their own coaching environment,” he said.
This will be the third year at the helm for Jeanes-Fraser as Queensland look to continue to develop the next crop of SSN players.
Richard McInnes, Netball Queensland General Manager High Performance said that the Fusion program plays a critical role in establishing the on and off court standards and expectations to prepare players for entry into the SSN competition.
“Netball Queensland use the ANL competition to balance the need to provide exposure for players believed to have the capacity to progress further with their netball and to recognise the consistent strong players from our State competitions.”
Anna Young makes her coaching debut at this level, after an impressive season as the Apprentice Coach with the Queensland Fusion in 2018.
Simone Nalatu joins the Fusion ranks after also being named last week as State 19U Head Coach. Like Jeanes-Fraser, Nalatu has taken another step forward in her coaching accreditation, recently completing her Elite Accreditation.
“This is not the first time, the Fusion have utilised two Assistant Coaches, and now with each state program running with two Assistants, it will not only provide more development opportunities for a greater number of coaches, it will also ensure our promising emerging elite players will be extended and challenged by these additional coaches,” McInnes said.
McInnes also confirmed that an additional coach development initiative, the Apprentice Coach program, will also return in 2019 and will be run alongside the 2019 National Championships.
“With the benefit of a home Nationals, the Apprentice Coach program will now run alongside it in April next year. It will be a great opportunity for those coaches who put their hands up for these roles, with this program being aimed at coaches who are looking to apply for State coaching roles in the future.” he said.
The popular and much respected Liz Shaw rounds out the staff, returning to her role as Queensland Fusion Team Manager.