Meet the State Team Coaching staff. These familiar faces take the lead for our 2017 19/U ACT State athletes.
We look forward to seeing you in action,.at the SolarHub ACT Netball Centre, 19-24 April.
Head Coach – Adele-Marie Bullock
District: Queanbeyan Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in netball: As a player in primary school. I gave a lot of sports a go, but netball stayed with me.
Previous coaching experience: Division 1 in the CCC State league competition, Asst Coach for ACT state teams previously, Head Coach for Academy programs in NSW, Head Coach of the ADF national team.
Favourite food: Mum’s home cooking
What is your favourite netball memory of all time: Last year at Nationals, we (ACT 19s) kept one state scoreless for an entire quarter to win the game. I was pretty happy with that.
Stranded on an Island, what are your 3 essential items: My music, something to read and a fully stocked luxury yacht.
Your sporting idol and why: Lleyton Hewitt. His work ethic is outstanding.
What do you do when you’re not on the court: My other big passion is travel. Anything from exploring our little part of the world to getting on a plane and heading off on an adventure.
Why are you excited to lead the ACTs teams in 2017: What’s not to be excited about? We have a great group of athletes, fired up and determined to play fierce, explosive netball on home turf, with family and friends cheering us on. The atmosphere will be amazing!!
Assistant Coach – Jess Bristol
Apprentice Coach – Jo Pivac
District: Tuggeranong Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in netball: I stated playing netball when I was in year 3, I didn’t start playing high level until 2008
Previous coaching experience: I have coached junior state league at Tuggeranong and different age groups at Canberra Girls Grammar School
Favourite food: Anything mum cooks!
What is your favourite netball memory of all time: There is two that ill never forget; Winning the ACT State League Grand Final in 2015 for the first time and while playing for Darters against NSW in Perth. It was the final 10 seconds and the scores were even I managed to get the shot to win the game! Greatest feeling ever!
Stranded on an Island, what are your 3 essential items: Music, a smart and willing travel buddy, and a boat to get us off the island
Your sporting idol and why: There are so many people that I admire and idolize. Watching the Ruby 7 girls winning gold was amazing. Seeing how hard they worked to get there is something that is amazing for women’s sport.
What do you do when you’re not on the court: I have enjoyed taking basketball back up, I usually spend most days off with friends having movie or dinner dates or going for walks around Canberra, or typically annoying my little sister about future travel arraignments.
Why are you excited to lead the ACTs teams in 2017: I’m excited to be able to give back to our younger netballers. Over the years I have been with netball ACT I have met coaches that have inspired me to be a better person both on and off the court. It is always enjoyable working with team who are all dedicated to achieving the same results.
Team Manager – Daniela Gray
District: Belconnen Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in netball: I started playing netball when I was at school and continue to play in social competitions. As a parent I started coaching and continue to develop my skills as a coach through Saturday competitions and State League. I took on the Manger role for the ACT team in 2015 and am managing again this year.
Favourite food: The list is very long but I can’t go past a good pasta and I love cheese!
What is your favourite netball memory of all time: There are several but coaching the ‘Golden Stars’ – Junior Div 1 team to grand final victory in 2014 holds a special place in my heart and memory.
Stranded on an Island, what are your 3 essential items: 1.Family, 2.friends 3.clearly…cheese!
Your sporting idol and why: Roger Federer. Not only is he incredibly talented but he is humble and so genuine. A great inspiration and great ambassador for the sport.
What does your role as Team Manager involve?: I have the “mum” role within the unit and I get to look after the players and coaches making sure they are fed and watered on time, and that generally they are happy and ready to give their best. The best part is that I get to be part of the unit, watching some incredible netball, hearing and learning from some incredible coaches, but I don’t have to make any of the tough decisions about court time etc.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to spend time with my family and particularly enjoy watching my own children playing sport and just having fun. I also enjoy catching up with friends and watching some sport on the TV. Doesn’t even matter what sport
Why are you excited to be involved in the state team for 2017: This year will be extra special with the home ground advantage. I am looking forward to seeing how the girls play after watching some of their training and match play so far. Obviously there is a lot of hard work being done and I can’t wait to see the team in action at Nationals.