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NetballSmart message going to the community in 2018

NetballSmart, Netball New Zealand’s injury prevention programme is in a superb growth phase in 2018. With a funding boost received from programme supporter ACC, NetballSmart is evolving into a multifaceted, Zone based injury prevention strategy. The aim of the NetballSmart Program is to integrate injury prevention practices into the whole of Netball, decrease injuries, upskill coaches, grow the capacity of the athletes and keep athletes in the game.

Leading the programme nationally is Sharon Kearney, ex-Silver Fern physiotherapist and passionate advocate for injury prevention in Netball.

“We are so excited going into this year’s NetballSmart programme. We’ve got some fresh faces on our team who will provide some new ideas and ways in educating our Netballer’s on being NetballSmart" says Kearney.

To help deliver the programme to its 145,000 members, NNZ has employed six new NetballSmart Development officers who are based in each of the regional Zones, sitting alongside and collaborating with Zone staff to deliver the many aspects of NetballSmart.

In the Northern Zone, Susie Belcher and Mel Kemp form a dynamic team complementing each other well with Belcher having a background in physiotherapy and Kemp with experience as a Netball Coach Developer.

Amanda Foster, the current NZ Secondary Schools team physiotherapist, is based in Hamilton and will be responsible for driving the NetballSmart programme throughout the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge having worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the Wellington Phoenix football team, Lee Spence has come on board as the Central Zone Development Officer.

Mainland Zone has Amy Eckersley who is returning to Netball after taking time off for maternity leave, bringing her wealth of Netball knowledge developed from a number roles within the sport.

Gwen Harrop, based in Dunedin with Netball South, is a physiotherapist with some fascinating experiences from her career that will add to the overall knowledge of the team.

To find out more about the NetballSmart programme, head to

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