Former Shakers captain and Samoa international Pelesa Semu has been appointed to the joint roles of Zone Performance Manager and Beko team head coach for Netball Central.

With a growing resume, first fashioned as a player before turning her hand to coaching and selecting, the Wellington stalwart is now well-prepared to make netball her fulltime career.

``I was always quite keen to make a career out of netball and this is very exciting,’’ she said. ``I have always wanted to give back which is part of my make-up and philosophy so when this job opportunity came up, it did create some lightbulb moments.

``I’ve had some great opportunities through coaching, I do enjoy it and with this role coming up, everything has come together at the right time.’’

Semu has built on her experience as a coach over the last 10 years while forging a successful record at school, club, age-group and NPC level.

She is part of Netball New Zealand’s Performance Coach Qualification (PCQ), an on-going professional development pathway, and has also been involved with the Advanced Performance pathway run through Sport New Zealand.

Recently, Semu has been an Emerging Talent selector for Netball New Zealand, which included helping with selections for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the World Youth Cup-winning NZU21s.

``That was a very rewarding experience and a big learning curve,’’ she said. ``It gave me an idea of the talent coming through, not just nation-wide but more particularly in relation to this role within the Central Zone.’’

As Zone Performance Manager, Semu will be responsible for the delivery of the Beko programme, the competition that sits immediately below the ANZ Premiership, programmes for New Zealand secondary school players as well as talent identification and development while also supporting the Centres and their work with age-group programmes.

Her vision is to grow, improve and keep players in the Zone while building a successful succession plan in the pathway to the Pulse.

``There are already a number of players who have come through the pathway in the Zone and gone on to reach national and franchise level representation which is reflective of what’s already been put in place,’’ Semu said.

``There have been really positive outcomes for the Zone and that’s what I’m excited about. I would like to enhance that and keep discovering new talent and players to bring through.’’

In what is considered one of the most important roles in the Zone, Netball Central Director of High Performance, Waimarama Taumaunu is delighted to welcome Semu to the position.

``One of the things that set her apart was her recent experience as an emerging talent selector which has enhanced her experience in that area,’’ Taumaunu said.

``She’s a very experienced and highly successful age-group coach and this is another step forward for her. Pelesa has great potential and is a local which is all in keeping with our ethos of developing our homegrown talent.’’

Semu, who currently works at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners as a Senior Programme Advisor, replaces Natalie Milicich, who was recently appointed national coach of Singapore. She will start with Netball Central on November 1.