Debbie Christian, Auckland Netball’s Player Liaison, came on board in May 2017 and has worked with players, parents and coaches to support and advocate player well-being, plus guide and connect players who aspire to play at the highest levels with a variety of resources, tools, and connections with wider support and contact personnel.
In her Player Liaison role, NZSS squad members and Representative Under 19, Under 17 and Under 15 players can contact Debbie throughout the season and arrange 1-on-1 catch ups which typically involve week and season plans, discussing training and loading imbalances, managing study and sport commitments, or understanding the various playing and selection opportunities on offer. Alternatively players can exchange text/phone conversations with Debbie asking for tips and advice. Debbie has hosted coach discussions and facilitated connecting coaches where players are involved in multiple teams, worked with parent groups and been involved in wider player development programmes on offer at Auckland Netball.
Player Welfare is a top priority for Auckland Netball with the key focus on caring for our emerging players.
Players have loved having someone to help balancing their playing and training schedule to maximise performance and minimise injury risk, are more reassured that it’s not just them facing challenges, and more confident making decisions when they have all the key information, and relish simply having a chat about navigating their busy lives as student-athletes.
Debbie is part of the Netball New Zealand Emerging Talent Working group 2018/2019, has frequent meetings and conversations with the New Zealand Players Association, PLUS is a former Silver Fern with a career background in teaching and counselling.
Looking ahead to 2019, Auckland Netball is excited to have Debbie continuing her great work in our Player Liason role, and expanding our services to the wider secondary school community with more access for sharing resources, answering individual questions and supporting more players.
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