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Netball South coaching team announced

Netball South has named a core group to work alongside head coach Georgie Salter ahead of the 2017 Beko Netball League.

Eastern’s Dana Bond will be the assistant coach, former Silver Fern Donna Wilkins has been recruited as a specialist coach and Dunedin’s Lana Morrison is the team’s apprentice coach.

In addition, Dunedin’s John Mathias and North Otago’s Abby McKenzie have been selected as observation coaches to attend training sessions.

For Salter, the opportunity to mentor emerging local coaches was instrumental in her decision to be at the helm of the South team.

“That’s the reason I’m doing it – the chance to also coach the coaches. I think it’s brilliant that we can do this,” she said.

Bond was eager to link up with Salter in a new capacity after being previously coached by her when playing in Otago and as captain of Southland’s Lois Muir Challenge team.

“Georgie is an inspiration – an amazing coach with very high standards. She’s a book of knowledge so when you get an opportunity like this you’ve just got to grab it,” she said.

The 16-strong South squad selected in October will complete trials in Dunedin this weekend to secure a spot in the final team.