Former Australian netball coach and captain Michelle Den Dekker is the secret weapon for the Goolwa Netball Club in 2020

DEVELOPMENT: Goolwa Netball Club players will receive a boost in 2020 with Michelle Den Dekker joining the club as part of player development.
DEVELOPMENT: Goolwa Netball Club players will receive a boost in 2020 with Michelle Den Dekker joining the club as part of player development.

The Goolwa Netball Club is doing everything in its power to be a strong club over all grades and the appointment of an Australian netball legend to its ranks has the club excited for its future.

The committee of the club has started the process to implement plans to build on and improve the success it achieved in 2020.

Goolwa Netball Club has appointed Michelle den Dekker OAM as a consultant to assist with coach education in 2020.

Michelle will act as a consultant to the club's coaching co-ordinator Karen Steel and also with League team leaders Kylie Jarrett, Jo Wilson and Olivia Longmire to continue to plan for the development of all players.

Michelle starts as a consultant with the Goolwa Netball Club on March 11, 2020 where Goolwa are hoping to build on their 2019 success where all their five senior teams made the finals along with their Inter 1 team, and the Under 13 premiership success.

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The appointment of former Australian netball coach and captain Michelle Den Dekker in a coach education role is one of the biggest coups in Great Southern Netball history. Den Dekker has been an assistant coach to the Australia A team in New Zealand and has been assistant coach with the Australian Diamonds.

She played 87 tests for Australia, having the longest reign as captain of Australia from 1988 to 1995, including captaining Australia to Gold in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and the 1991 and 1995 World Championships.

Goolwa Netball Club president Mark Tenny said the club was very fortunate to be able to have secured a world class netballer as Michelle Den Dekker.

"Michelle will be a great support for our club and we look forward to seeing her in action during our preseason campaign. The Goolwa Netball Club is all about supporting local girls and women. We see this as an opportunity to have Michelle role model the values needed for all our players to aspire to be the very best they can be, not only in sport, but in life as well," Mark said.

Sporting clubs at Goolwa are on a high, as due to council support there is development approval of the Goolwa Oval precinct facility. Work is expected to start by the end of the 2020 netball season with a management model meeting to be held on November 27, for all clubs.

Mark paid tribute to great volunteers at the club. "Thank you to all who are working very hard for the club and the community. "A very big thank you Toshimi Angus for her great work as umpire co-ordinator and to Bob and Gail Pritchard for their enormous work over the years," Mark said.

The club will have a float in the Goolwa Christmas Pageant on December 15.

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