Silver Ferns Coach Waimarama Taumaunu is of Ngati Porou and Ngai Tahu descent and was born in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay. Taumaunu played for the Silver Ferns from 1981-1991 winning gold at the 1987 Netball World Championships, and captaining the side for three years from 1989-1991. She earned 68 Test Caps during a stellar career.
In 1992, Taumaunu was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Netball, inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Maori Sports Hall of fame in 2007.
A formidable defender on the court, Taumaunu has forged an enviably successful career in Netball whether as a player, national, regional or club coach, or an executive member.
Taumaunu has a long international coaching record and had her first taste of coaching the New Zealand national team as assistant coach for Yvonne Willering in 1998.
A five year stint in England followed 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.
Taumaunu also gained invaluable experience as the assistant coach of the England Team, working with fellow New Zealander Lyn Gunson in 2002-2003. She landed the role as Silver Ferns assistant coach to Ruth Aitken from 2008-2011 before being named the 9th Silver Ferns coach since the sport first competed internationally in 1938.
Away from the court, the former secondary school teacher is married to George with three children and resides in Wellington.
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.