The executive members of Netball South Africa have been re-elected to their positions at the Bi-Annual General Meeting in Port Elizabeth this weekend in what has seen as an endorsement of the management of Netball in South Africa.
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The executive members of Netball South Africa have been re-elected to their positions at the Bi-Annual General Meeting in Port Elizabeth this weekend in what has seen as an endorsement of the management of netball in South Africa.
Netball SA President Mimi Mthethwa, who has been nominated as SA Sports Administrator of the Year and gsport Woman of the Year, and her entire executive team were re-elected into their positions by administrators from the more than 40 netball regions.
Blanche de la Guerre was re-elected Vice President, Christine du Preez Director of Selections; Mami Diale Director Demarcation and Structure; Anneline Lewies Director of Coaches; and Dr Hannette Brewer Director of Umpires.
Of the six positions only two – Director of Umpires and Director of Selections – were contested during the proceedings, which were presided over by SASCOC and the Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa. The six office bearers will serve a four year term, instead of two as in the past.
Ms Mthethwa, speaking after the meeting which took place on the eve of the Diamond Challenge international netball series featuring the SPAR Proteas, Zimbabwe and Zambia which starts today, said she and her team would prioritise the professionalization of the sport and its administrative function, as well as improve grass roots development within its regional structure.
“We’ve have had our vice-president serving as a full-time administrator for the past few years but we have resolved to increase that function,” said Ms Mthethwa.
“This will mean we will have to employ additional administrators to full-time positions in order to enhance our ability to manage and service our structures as well as work with our corporate partners and sponsors. It is a new, more professional era for netball in South Africa.”
The re-election, she said, was a vote of confidence in the team’s management track record and they now had a mandate to continue the work they had begun. “For us the key will be getting the Netball Premier League off the ground together with the Department of Sport and Recreation SA.
“We will also focus on improving netball structures within the various regions in order to develop new talent both on the court and among technical officials,” said Ms Mthethwa.
She said she and her team had the ideal opportunity to position the sport as a premium brand and take women’s sport into a new era.
“The Tri-Nations that just ended tournament was unbelievable spectacle of sport with great crowds, great action and a great result that will boost the SPAR Proteas going forward, and no doubt inspire young girls to achieve their sporting dreams.
“This underlines our belief in our brand and our sport, and we have no doubt that we are on the cusp of a bright, bright future.”
The opening game of the Diamond Challenge takes place at 5.30pm on Sunday, 27 October, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and features Zimbabwe and Zambia.
(With editing by gsport)