Ahead of the 2017 National Netball Championships in Canberra we have been profiling the amazing athletes that are ready to take the court. Behind these athletes are some pretty amazing coaches.
We sat down with the 2017 17/U ACT State Team coaches to get to know them off the court.
Kim Symons – Head Coach
District: Arawang Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in netball: I have been playing Netball since I was 9 years old at Arawang
Most recent coaching experience: 2016 ACT 17/U State Team, 2016 Head Coach Arawang, Canberra Darters Shooting Specialist Coach, Head Coach TAP
Favourite food: Nachos and Beef Tacos
Favourite netball memory of all time: Having great seats to watch Australia win the World Cup in Sydney in 2015
Stranded on an Island, what are your three essential items: Diet Coke, a years supply of good book and a decent pillow!
Your sporting idol: Michael Jordan, he is an amazing athlete and person
What do you do when you’re not on the court: Catch up on my TV shows that I have to tape because I’m always coaching, and spending time with my family and friends
Why are you excited to lead the ACTs teams in 2017: I’m so excited to be on our home turf. We are working hard at trainings to display the ACT Pride to our home crowd and create some magic out on court
Nicola Worsley – Assistant Coach
District: Canberra Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in Netball: Started playing Netball when I was 13 for the Gap Netball Club (Brisbane)
Most recent coaching experience: Head Coach DADA Yellow, Head Coach CNA 14s Division 1, Head Coach ACTDN Mixed, Assistant Coach Army Men’s
Favourite food: Fajitas
Favourite netball memory of all time: NetFest 2015 is one of my favourite netball memories because of the awesome people I went away with and I actually got to play that year (as opposed to being injured)!
Stranded on an Island, what are your three essential items: 80s music, books and Mexican food
Your sporting idol: Sharni Layton. I love how tenacious and fearless she is on the court. She is also an amazing role model off the court
What do you do when you’re not on the court: Watch Friends, read books, ride and watch sports, particularly AFL. Hanging out with friends and family.
Why are you excited to lead the ACTs teams in 2017: I am stoked to be coaching ACT for the first time and I’m really excited to be working with the level of talent present in the team.
Lyndsey Simcoe – Apprentice Coach
District: Tuggeranong Netball Association
When and how did you first get involved in netball: When I was in year four I joined my school team because my friends told me to
Previous coaching experience: I have coached the ACT 12/U Netball Team for a few years now. I have also coached TNA State League teams as well as club and school teams
Favourite food: Mexican Food, chocolate or my mum’s lasagne
Favourite netball memory of all time: I have two that I cannot separate and both happened last year. The first was coaching the ACT Team to a bronze medal at the 12U National Netball Championships in Melbourne. The best feeling ever! The second was winning the ACT State League Grand Final, definitely something I never thought I would be a part of as a player and it was so fantastic to put the hard work in and get the result we were chasing….(sorry Kim!)
Stranded on an Island, what are your three essential items: My dog Max, my water bottle and Blistex
Your sporting idol: Adam Goodes, he’s so much more than just the game he played and I admire that about him. He brings his morals, values and a sense of fun to what he does, he uses the position he is in to make Australia better for all Australians and he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in.
What do you do when you’re not on the court: Walk my dog Max, attend weddings (other people’s!) and teach an awesome Year 5/6 class.
Why are you excited to lead the ACTs teams in 2017: I have been blown away by the hard work and dedication each player, official and parent has shown towards this program. It will be amazing to be with them as they finish the job by bringing everything together out on court against the best netballers in the country.
Rebecca Morrison – Team Manager
When and how did you first get involved in netball: I was a late starter in Netball. I played basketball until I was in my late teens, then my bball team folded and someone asked me to play in a netball team at night. And I have been involved in netball ever since, as a player, parent, coach and manager.
Favourite food: Fresh prawns
Favourite netball memory of all time: 2014 Netfest trip to the Gold Coast with the best group of women.
Stranded on an Island, what are your three essential items: Hat, matches, and a knife
Your sporting idol: I have two. Firstly, as a young girl, I dreamed of being a tennis player like Steffi Graf. She was athletic and fit and played tennis with style and grace and power. And secondly, my brother, Stephen Larkham. He wasn’t the best player as a junior but he had a dream that one day he would be the best and he persisted and pushed himself and achieved that dream.
What does your role as Team Manager involve?: I think that the Managers role is to make sure that everything that is not netball related operates smoothly and to be a mum away from home for the girls. And also to support the coaches on game day.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time, what is that?! Seriously, reading a good book with a great cup of tea is one of my favourite down time things to do.
Why are you excited to be involved in the state team for 2017: Championships are in our home town, and it will be great for us to have that homeground atmosphere and support of the Canberra netball community. And I am excited to be a part of the “A Team” again.