Norma Plummer: “I Hope They Become Future Coaches”

Bongi Msomi leads team South Africa in too court during the Netball World Cup 2023, Playoff 2 match between South Africa and Tonga at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Court 1 on August 04, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)

South Africa’s Spar Proteas coach Norma Plummer expressed her desire to see current players venture into coaching roles in the national team.

The 78-year-old revealed in a press conference earlier this week at the Netball World Cup at the Cape Town International Convention Centre that retirement is knocking on the door and is looking forward to seeing the team’s players stepping into her role.

The Australian, who initially retired in 2014 after a remarkable 16-year coaching career, couldn’t resist when Netball South Africa approached her in 2015 to become the Spar Proteas coach. Plummer’s return to coaching was a turning point for the South African team, as she brought her tactical brilliance and expertise, leading them to numerous successes and enhancing their standing in the global netball arena. 

“I just hope that the players that I had the luxury of coaching and it’s been an honour to have these girls like Bongi (Msomi), Phumza (Maweni), Izette (Griesel) and Karla (Pretorius), they’ve been there with me on the journey the whole time since 2015. I hope they get into coaching. I just hope they become the future coaches because now they’ve the knowledge of what it takes, it really does take a lot of work,” Plummer said.

Plummer has etched her name in the annals of world netball’s history. Hailing from Australia, she achieved the remarkable feat of winning the World Cup both as a player and as the coach of her native country, not once but twice. Her illustrious career showcases her profound impact on the sport and her ability to excel both on and off the court.

Plummer’s side failed to qualify for the semifinal stage of the Netball World Cup currently underway in Cape Town and they will be looking to book a place in the 5th and 6th placing match against Uganda on the final day of the tournament on Sunday, 6 August. 

Photo 1 Caption: Bongi Msomi leads team South Africa in too court during the Netball World Cup 2023, Playoff 2 match between South Africa and Tonga at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Court 1 on August 04, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)

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