Sport Development Conference a success

The 2018 Game Development Conference has again been well supported, with more than 100 people attending the two-day event at the State Netball Centre over the weekend.

Split into two steams, umpiring and coaching, attendees travelled from as far as Broome, Kalgoorlie and Albany to take part in the opportunity to network and upskill.

Umpires were treated to presentations from Suncorp Super Netball umpire Tim Marshall, Netball Australia High Performance Umpire Coach Jacqui Jashari, and the International Netball Federation’s Chair of International Coaching Advisory Panel, Jill McIntosh.

More than 70 coaches saw presentations from Jill McIntosh, West Coast Fever Assistant Coach Belinda Reynolds, High Performance Coach Karly Guadagnin, and former Fever Defensive Specialist Coach Roxy Edwards.

Participants were also treated to presentations from key note speakers Amber Merritt and Brendan Smith.

Merritt is an Australian wheelchair basketballer, and spoke on the topics of motivation and resilience, while Smith spoke on the topic of keeping athletes in sport.

Netball WA Sport Development Manager Jo Smith said the weekend was a success.

“To have more than 100 participants, many of whom travelled long distances to attend, is fantastic and shows the willingness to continue learning,” Smith said.

“There is no doubt that Western Australia has some of the finest coaches and umpires in Australia, and I am confident that we will be seeing more accreditations achieved in the coming years.”

“I would particularly like to thank our presenters who spent time with our coaches and umpires, working with them both in a lecture format, but also on the court with practical situations.”

The Game Development Conference is run every two years at the State Netball Centre.

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