Netball Central Zone is pleased to present our  3rd annual Coaching Conference.

Offering 2 streams of seminars catering for both community coaches and high performance coaches, this conference will cover the core fundamentals required for quality coaching practices.

Featuring a variety of speakers across both streams, all of whom are highly skilled in their area of expertise.


Date:Saturday 23rd September 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: ASB Sports Centre, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Registration Fees (per person)

PCQ coach $40
CCA qualified coach $50
General entry $60

Registration fees include refreshments and lunch

To register, simply visit and complete the online registration form

Netball Central Zone 2017 Coaching Conference - Great Coaches, Great Athletes Programme


9.30am – 10.00am

Sign In and Morning Tea (Matairangi Room)                     

10.00am – 11.00am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Mark Sorenson MNZM (Head Coach of NZ Men’s softball team Black Sox)

11.05am – 12.05pm

ACC Netball Smart**

Gina di Rienzo (Central Zone Beko Team Physio)

Player Profiles

Waimarama Taumaunu (Netball Central Zone High Performance Director)

12.10pm – 1.10pm

ANZ Future Ferns**

Irene van Dyk (Netball Central Zone Junior Development Officer)


Dessi Broughton (Owner and Director, 3B Fitness Club)

1.10pm – 1.40pm

Lunch provided

1.40pm – 2.40pm

Team Building

Bella Ansell

Fitness for the High Performance Athlete**

Alex Johnson (Strength & Conditioning trainer for Emerging Talent athletes)

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Coaching Pathways

Tash Rowlands (Coach Development Officer, Netball Central Zone)

Mental Skills

Dr Natalie Hogg (Clinical Psychologist)

3.45pm – 4.00pm

Afternoon Tea provided

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Transitioning from a Community Coach to a High Performance Coach

Panel session facilitated by Waimarama Taumaunu.
Coaching Panel will be; Sandra Edge (Pulse Assistant Coach), Dion Te Whetu (Wellington U17 Head Coach) and
Anna Andrews (Central Zone Beko Assistant Coach)

Nutrition for the High Performance Athlete

Yvette McCausland-Durie (Pulse Head Coach)

** Indicates a practical session where participants may be required to be actively involved. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Session Overview 


Mark Sorenson was the captain of the New Zealand Men's Softball Team, the Black Sox, from 1989 until the beginning of 2001 and led his team to victory at the world championships in 1996 and 2000. He returned to the team in 2004 when they became the first team ever to win three consecutive Softball World Championships. In 2007 he retired from all levels of softball.

His story covers how the team did it the 'hard way' using discipline and dedication as tools to success. Following their triumph at the 2004 World Championships on home ground in Christchurch, the Black Sox have arguably become New Zealand's most successful sports team.

In 2015, he coached Black Sox to a Silver medal victory at 2015 World Championships, Saskatoon Canada before coaching them to Gold at 2017 World Championships in Whitehorse Canada.

Community Coach seminars;

ACC Netball Smart – Gina will present the Netball Smart warm up using players to demonstrate correct techniques and then allowing coaches to participate in the warm up and practise identifying and correcting techniques. Coaches will be required to actively participate.

ANZ Future Ferns – Irene will run through the ANZ Future Ferns programme from 4v4 through to 6v6. Coaches will be required to actively participate in the sessions

Team Building – Bella will explore team dynamics and how coaches can encourage to work together as a team. 

Coaching Pathways – Tash will present the changes to the Netball NZ coach development framework, what is required to gain formal qualifications and the various levels of accreditation. 

Transitioning from a Community Coach to a High Performance Coach – An informal and interactive panel session facilitated by Waimarama Taumaunu, the coaches on the panel will talk about their experience of transitioning from a community coach to a High Performance coach. The session will then open up to an open Q&A.  


High Performance Coach seminars;

All sessions are based on the Netball Central Zone U17 training diary which coaches will be provided with a copy of.

Player Profiles – Waimarama will run through how to design and utilise Player Profiling in your coaching. 

Statistics – Dessi will cover how to use player statistics to enhance your coaching style using every day techniques and resources available. 

Fitness for the High Performance Athlete – Alex will use players to demonstrate the fundamental fitness techniques to enhance the players performance. This is an interactive session coaches should prepare to be physically active in 

Mental Skills – A fascinating session with Dr Natalie Hogg discussing mental skills and how to mentally prepare your athlete for competition 

Nutrition for the High Performance Athlete – Yvette will cover the baseline nutritional requirements for a High Performance athlete, including requirements during training, competition and recovery.