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2018 Netball Coach Awards

Netball New Zealand is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Netball Coach Awards.

With support from Barfoot and Thompson, NNZ congratulates Kim Hunt (Coach Developer of the Year), Sara Norton (Community Coach of the Year) and Pelesa Semu (Performance Coach of the Year) for their contribution to the game.

Nominated by their community, these coaches have demonstrated excellence in their roles.

NNZ Head of Community Netball Ruth Stanley shared her gratitude and congratulations to the winners.

“Being a community Netball coach sets the foundations for our participants. You have the opportunity to positively impact the experience, lifelong involvement and love of Netball,” she said.

“These awarded recipients have demonstrated exceptional skills in their community and I would like to extend a massive congratulations to Kim, Sara and Pelesa.”

Coach Developer of the Year - Kim Hunt

WBOP Zone was home to the winner of Coach Developer of the Year, Kim Hunt.

Hunt is an inspirational person who extends her reach to her colleagues and community coaches. She shows empathy with new coaches, support for developing coaches and loves the challenge of working with experienced coaches - as she continues her own learning and ability to inspire others too.

Community Coach of the Year - Sara Norton

Christchurch’s Sara Norton has won the Community Coach of the Year.

As a well-rounded coach, Norton continuously goes above and beyond in the Netball community helping coaches, players and officials.

Tailoring her sessions to cater to her audience, Norton works to develop personal relationships with her players to ensure that she is delivering learnings that will help the athlete grow and develop.


Performance Coach of the Year – Pelesa Semu

Pelesa Semu was deservingly awarded the Performance Coach of the Year.

Guiding Netball Central’s team to win back to back titles at the 2018 Beko Netball League, Semu has demonstrated key characteristics of a performance coach.

For the last 10 years, Semu has continuously built on her experience as a coach, forging a successful record at secondary, club, age-group and NPC level.