A former Silver Ferns captain Waimarama Taumaunu becomes just the 9th Silver Ferns coach since the sport first competed internationally in 1938.
Taumaunu says “this is such an honour and I am determined to take the Silver Ferns to the next level and would like to acknowledge the amazing record and legacy left by coach Ruth Aitken,” Taumaunu said.
One of the great indomitable defenders in New Zealand netball history, Waimarama Taumaunu’s name has featured prominently in netball, whether as a player, national, regional or club coach, or an executive member.
Taumaunu represented New Zealand for a decade from 1981 – the highlight winning the 1987 World Championships - and captained the Silver Ferns from 1989 to 1991. She was the assistant coach for Yvonne Willering in 1998 and she has been in the role as Silver Ferns assistant coach from 2008-2011. Taumaunu has a long international record also being the assistant coach of the England Team, working with fellow New Zealander Lyn Gunson in 2002-03.
Taumaunu spent five years in England from 1998, as national performance director of All England Netball, during which time she gained an unprecedented five years of lottery funding for the sport. She was also a foundation director of the English Institute of Sport.
Away from the court, the former secondary school teacher has worked on a number of government initiatives to boost sport – managing the CoachForce programme for SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) and developing coaching and Maori sport for the Hillary Commission.
Vicki Wilson is a former Australian Netball captain possessing a netball pedigree few can rival. Vicki started her international playing career in 1985, selected into the Australian netball team, a spot she held for fifteen years. In that time, she earned 104 Test Caps, three World Championship gold medals and one Commonwealth Games gold medal. The 48 year old was awarded the Australia Order of Australia medal in 1992.
Since retiring in 1999, Vicki has forged a successful High Performance coaching career, most recently for ANZ Championship team Queensland Firebirds and a coaching consultant for the Australia Institute of Sport. Originally from a teaching background, Vicki is highly sought after all around Australasia delivering, coordinating and managing high performance programmes. Vicki’s ability to deliver professional leadership which sets vision combined with individual and team goals sets her apart.
Vicki is currently the Principal Advisor at Sport and Recreation Services in Queensland and joins the High Performance team at Netball New Zealand as the Silver Ferns Assistant Coach in August.
Vicki currently serves on three Boards including Sport Australia Hall of Fame.