Well-versed in all aspects of talent identification, Porirua’s Aroha Marsh has been appointed Netball Central’s inaugural Head of Selectors, setting in place a key component of the Zone’s performance vision.

The experienced Marsh will play a crucial role in helping the Zone achieve its vision of a homegrown and winning Central Pulse team.

Marsh will lead the selection of all the Zone’s teams and squads below the Pulse, driving the succession plan for Central’s Pulse and Beko Netball League teams by identifying, monitoring and profiling players across the Zone.

Remaining abreast of player performances by observing matches throughout the Zone will be a key task for Marsh and she will work with Centre selectors, coaches and development officers to achieve this objective. She will also be available to all Centres in an advisory capacity around selection issues.

Delighted to secure the appointment, Marsh has a strong track record, with over 10 years of experience in identifying promising netball players at junior and senior levels.

``This is an exciting opportunity for me. I’m really looking forward to this new role and to leading the selection process of future teams that represent Netball Central,’’ she said.

``With 12 years’ experience in talent spotting and selecting, I know that I always select without bias. Every trial/development camp is an opportunity for every player and though I may have past knowledge of a player, no player is ahead at the starting line at the first trial.’’

Through her varied roles over many years, Marsh has developed a broad network within netball. She is a netball club president and lends her hand to all the tasks associated with managing club netball.

Alongside her club and Centre activities in KapiMana, Marsh has built an enviable record as a selector at Centre, Regional and age-group level in Wellington. She prides herself on always being consistent and objective as a selector and leaves no stone unturned in her quest for a fair and robust selection policy.

Marsh gets her greatest satisfaction from seeing identified talent performing.

``Nothing is as exciting as getting ready for game day,’’ she said.

``The players warming up, the buzz of the crowd as they enter the court/arena, all make for an electrically charged atmosphere. I see it first hand and I never tire of it. The realisation that I have had that wee bit of input for at least one player on the court adds to the excitement.’’

Central High Performance Director Waimarama Taumaunu has welcomed Marsh’s appointment to the role.

``With her wealth of experience, we’re delighted to have Aroha join us in this vitally important position, helping to steer the Zone’s future vision in regards to talent identification,’’ she said.