Netball WA extends its immense gratitude to Deane Pieters, as his outstanding term as President comes to a close.
Pieters has served his maximum term of six years on the Netball WA Board, including five years as President in which he has overseen unprecedented growth in the organisation.
Among the vast achievements during his tenure were:
· An increase of participants from 60,000 to 230,000.
· The most significant governance reform in WA netball history, with the implementation of the Netball WA Regional Structure
· The delivery of the 2013-18 Netball WA Strategic Plan key outcomes and development of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
· The restructure of the West Australian Netball League
· The development and implementation of the Metro League
· The development of Shooting Stars and West Coast Fever as wholly owned subsidiaries of Netball WA
· The move to the state-of-the-art State Netball Centre
· A growth in annual turnover to more than $10 million
Netball WA Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor thanked Pieters for his service to the sport.
“I have no doubt that Deane will be recognised as a key leader in our game’s history, and our achievements during his tenure as President is incredible,” Taylor said.
“Deane’s strategic direction, leadership, passion and advocacy for netball in Western Australia are unparalleled, and we have been very fortunate to have been able to call on his expertise over the past six years.”
“On behalf of the Netball WA Board, staff and the wider West Australian netball community, I thank Deane for his immense and selfless contribution to netball in our State.”
Pieters said he was extremely proud to be leaving the organisation in great shape as a sport, as a brand and as a strong commercial entity.
“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to lead this great sport,” Pieters said.
“Netball in Western Australia has experienced unparalleled growth in recent years, and I am very proud of the strategic reform and transformation we have achieved.
“As leaders, our job is to nurture what we are given, and when the time comes to depart, we must believe we have passed on something better than we received.
“The growth of our game is simply not possible without the continued and incredibly valued support of my fellow Board members and Netball WA staff past and present, and here I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone for their selfless contribution to our State’s largest female participation sport”
“I am confident netball in Western Australia will continue to flourish, and I would like to thank the netball community for their unwavering support of myself over the past six years and five years as President.”
Pieters will remain involved in the sport as West Coast Fever Chairperson.
The Netball WA Board will meet on Monday, with a view to finalise the announcement of a new President next week.