Kia ora koutou

I trust you are all are keeping safe and managed some newfound quality time whilst spending time in your bubbles.

As we head into the second week of COVID_19 Alert level, I just wanted to reach out and thank our members for your patience during this unprecedented event and a reminder that more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the fight against this global pandemic.

Auckland Netball will remain closed during Level 3. Once the government releases more Level 2 protocols, Netball NZ will provide more details and advise when a return to netball may happen at a safe level for our sport.

The staff all remain very positive and have been working extremely hard at home, holding a number of virtual meetings, proudly partaking in an ANZAC biscuit bake-off and keeping connected regularly with our wider community via our social media pages.

We have consulted with club and school contacts, seeking valuable feedback before pulling together a number of scenarios for this season that will be dependent on potential start and finish dates.

Finally it is with sadness that our Netball Development Manager, Leigh Ashton’s final day at Auckland Netball will be Friday 1 May.

Leigh is leaving to pursue some exciting challenges in the coming months and in the interim will continue to focus on her book, The Talent Trap and her new social media site, Winning Beyond Game Day. Leigh has continued to mould the current role of representatives, coaching, umpire and player welfare. Her leadership and knowledge in these areas has been beneficial for her ability to influence and collaborate both internally and externally of our organisation. She has always represented Auckland Netball with professionalism, passion and pride and will be greatly missed.

Due to the 2020 representative season being cancelled and the uncertainty of a season start date we will not be replacing this role until further notice. All development initiatives will continue to be covered off by the Auckland Netball team.

Once again thank you all, keep safe, keep connected and we hope to see you all soon.

Nga mihi

Dianne Lasenby