Off the court with Tara Steel


Recently local coach Tara Steel obtained her Elite Accreditation through the Netball Australia coaching pathway.

The Elite Accreditation is for those coaching at the highest level of State League, ANL and SSN, who are aspiring to be high performance coaches. The Elite Accreditation requires all participants to actively participate in workshop and discussion groups, complete assignments and undertake practical tasks/demonstrations as per the course outline.

Netball ACT Talent and Performance Manager Nicole Bowles congratulates Tara “Congratulations to Tara on achieving her Elite Accreditation this is a tremendous accomplishment. Tara now joins a prestigious group of coaches from the ACT who have achieved their Elite and High Performance Accreditation (six coaches). Netball ACT is blessed to have such a group of coaches working within the Districts and pathway athletes who are dedicated to gaining further knowledge and experiences which often require travel outside of Canberra”.

We sit down with Tara to learn more about her coaching journey;


Tell us how you first got involved in netball?

I first started playing netball when I was eight, for my school team (NEPS – Nowra East Public School) at the Shoalhaven Netball Association. We lived about 200m from the netball courts and my older sister played, I loved all sport and gave it a go, and have been involved ever since.


What is your favourite coaching moment?

My favourite moment would have to be the Canberra Netball Association Division 1 team winning the semi-final this year. We have built as a team the past three seasons, and overcome many challenges, and to finally win that match against a very good Arawang team who in recent years has had our measure. It was really rewarding and to have the opportunity to play in the Grand Final, although the result didn’t go our way, it was an outstanding game and being a part of that is something we do not take for granted.


Your sporting idol?

Growing up I loved the Adelaide Thunderbirds – in particular Jacqui Delaney and Laura von Bertouch. Now I think athletes like Rodger Federer and Cameron Smith are amazing to compete at the level they do and perform consistently are amazing.


Talk us through what is involved in gaining your Elite Accreditation?

The Elite level is 5 of 6 in the Accreditation pathway. I’ve been involved in the coaching pathway for some time now – and initially got involved whilst I was still playing State League – coaching ACT Academy programs and Assistant Coaching with State Programs. The Elite level itself involved attending a course in Sydney, completing theory work, and then being assessed in game. This was completed over about a six month period.


What advice would you give to someone keen to get involved in coaching?

Coaching is a great way to get involved, or stay involved in netball. If you want to get involved but not sure how, contact your local club or association – there are many ways to get started and a lot of support to help you along the way. It’s a really rewarding experience!


What are the next steps in your coaching journey?

I’m currently working with the ACT Emerging Talented Academy Program which runs until 2018 to help prepare emerging ACT and national athletes. This is an important step in the athletes pathway, and I look forward to supporting these athletes as they aim for selection into ACT 17s and 19s Programs for Nationals in 2018, which we have trials over the coming month.

Following that, I have a very very motivated group of CNA women looking to win an ACT Premiership for 2018 – the season can’t start soon enough for us – so that will be the focus after Nationals.


On behalf of everyone at Netball ACT, congratulations on your achievement. We are looking forward to seeing you in action in 2018 and beyond.

If you are interested in starting out in coaching, or learning more about the coaching pathway click here.