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NNZ appoint Karauria to Lead National Coaching Programme

Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Tania Karauria to the role of National Manager, Coach Development.

The role includes oversight of the national Coach Development Framework for coaches of all levels throughout the sport, including the High Performance Coach Development Programme.

Karauria has been National Training Manager at Netball New Zealand for the past 2 years, focussing on the support and development of national Coach Developer training and accreditation as well as the development and delivery of coaching programmes at the Community level.

Karauria has an extensive background in Netball with many successes both on and off the Netball court, including stints as Head Coach for SKYCITY Diamonds and Assistant Coach of the NNZ Academy Team, as well as taking charge of Niue’s national team at the 2003 Netball World Championships. In that same year Karauria also led the NZ Secondary Schools Team to a historic first ever win over their Australian counterparts.

As well as leading two Auckland Secondary Schools to national titles (Auckland Girls Grammar School in 1999 and Avondale College in 2000 and 2002), Karauria was also awarded a Prime Ministers Scholarship Award for Coaching in 2001.

Behind the scenes Karauria has held significant roles contributing to the success of Netball as well as numerous youth and cultural initiatives, including President of Auckland Netball, Event Director of Polyfest and governance roles at both Youth Performance Trust and Iwi Marae Trust.

NNZ Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie said they were delighted to be able to promote internally to fill this key role.

“Providing guidance, advice and mentorship to coaches at this level is a specialised skill and something that is vital to the success of our performance programme.”

“To be able to promote internally is an indicator of the strength of this programme and the great work that Tania has done in her current role to date” said Wyllie

Applications for the now vacant position of National Training Manager will open shortly.