Bredin ‘absolutely stoked’ to have Andrew back in the fold

Joyce Andrew
Joyce Andrew
Dunedin Netball has enticed back a familiar figure.

Joyce Andrew was this week announced as the organisation’s new operations manager.

The 26-year-old has spent the past year in the United Kingdom, working in the sport and recreation industry on her OE.

However, she will return to begin her new role in Dunedin in January, in time for the New Zealand Masters Games.

Andrew has previously been involved with the organisation as its competitions co-ordinator and done umpire development work for it.

That had seen enabled her to  leave a favourable impression and Dunedin Netball chairman Jono Bredin was "absolutely stoked" to have her back.

"I think what makes her really stand out is her organisational skills and her ability to efficiently run the competitions that we offer," he said.

"We’ve taken this opportunity to really look and say what’s our bread and butter and fundamentally. We want to make sure that we’re delivering good quality netball competitions to our members.

"That’s something I know Joyce is really passionate about and organisation is a really big part of that and being able to work under pressure.

"Joyce has carried out parts of that role for us before and we know that she’ll be able to tick all those boxes."

Having graduated from the University of Otago with a master’s degree in physical education, Andrew comes from an umpiring background.

She is a qualified New Zealand B umpire and had been in New Zealand umpire development squads as well, while also playing.

That experience would be beneficial in being able to see things from the member’s end.

"She knows the sport inside-out and how it works," Bredin said.

"She also knows from the user side of things the challenges and frustrations that can occur if you don’t get it quite right."

Before leaving for the UK she had a stint as the operations manager at the Otago Tennis Association, and has worked in facilities and clubs this year.

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