Netball Southland and Steel chief executive David Bannister
has resigned, citing family commitments.
Bannister has been at the helm since January and was expected
to be appointed chief executive of Netball South.
However, he has decided to return to Australia to be with his
"As a family, we made the decision for Kylie and the boys to
return home to Brisbane in September for a variety of
reasons," he said.
"It has been extremely difficult living in different
countries so I have made the tough call to resign so I can
return to Australia to be with my family. They have always
been, and continue to be, my No1 priority."
Netball South chairman Paul Buckner said while Bannister was
unable to take up the role with Netball South, the board had
plenty of expertise to call on to ensure minimal disruption
until a chief executive was appointed.
"We will continue to make positive progress for netball in
the south - we have a talented and exciting roster of players
competing for the Steel next season and some great
initiatives to roll out for the benefit of community netball
across the region," he said.
"The strong and professional delivery of our sport remains a
focus and I am confident we will have the right personnel to
make that happen - from the top down."
Bannister was confident the introduction of Netball New
Zealand's zone-based governance model would prove successful
across all levels of the sport - from the grassroots to the
elite ranks of the Steel.
"The transition from Netball Southland to the new Netball
South entity is an exciting one but it also needs someone who
can commit to seeing the process through in its entirety.
Unfortunately, that's not something I am able to do so, with
the organisation's best interests also in mind, I have
stepped aside," he said.
"I'm proud of what has been achieved in my time here,
specifically leaving the franchise in a better financial
position, giving a strong base to build on in the future."