Experienced event director Sue Clarke has been appointed to
the helm of Netball South.
Clarke was announced as chief executive for the new entity
yesterday,, tasked with the delivery of netball at all levels
throughout Otago and Southland, including the Southern Steel
She replaces David Bannister, who returns to Australia today
after nearly a year in the role.
The challenge of guiding netball into an exciting new era
following the formation of a zone-based structure proved too
hard to resist.
''The challenge was definitely part of the appeal for me,''
''This is a time of change and I embrace change - I find it
''Clarke brings a wealth of experience to the role with an
array of successful projects to her credit, including the UCI
Junior Track World Championships staged in Invercargill
earlier this year.
She is no stranger to the sporting world. She played a key
logistics role in the successful delivery of Dunedin's Rugby
World Cup games last year and served as executive officer of
Squash Southland from 1999 to 2001.
Clarke said she applauded the new direction the Southern
Steel franchise had taken in recent years, with a focus on
developing younger players through the ranks.
''It has provided a pathway for our development players to
travel on and ultimately reach their goal of being an elite
netballer,'' she said.
Netball South chairman Paul Buckner said Clarke's credentials
had impressed the appointment panel.
''She not only brings valuable experience to the role, but
also an incredible amount of passion and enthusiasm for what
can be achieved, Buckner said.
''We are thrilled to have Sue leading Netball South and
confident she will play a significant part in our future