Netball has always featured strongly in the life of our chief executive Lana Winders.
“The game of netball makes me happy. I was always that girl on the court just grinning away and loving every moment,” she says.
When the opportunity arose to merge her passion and her career by leading the Netball South team, Lana eagerly embraced the role.
After a distinguished career with SBS Bank, combining her business acumen with a 30 year involvement in our sport has proved a winning combination.
General Manager of Corporate Performance at SBS for eight years, Winders previously held senior executive roles in market development and human resource during an 18-year career with the iconic bank.
In the sports arena, she is a former Southland representative with a vast involvement at the grassroots level of the game as both a player and coach.
She is focused on Netball South continuing to be an organisation that is respected in the community and has “the mana as a real southern identity”.
Naturally quite competitive, Lana is ultimately striving to ensure Netball South is the top performing zone in the country and Steel secure the coveted ANZ Championship silverware.
Whether it's delivering an elite ANZ Championship clash to live television audiences or the glamour of a Netball South awards function, Sonya thrives under pressure.
Epitomising the hard-working traits of a true Southlander, Sonya is an events guru who loves seeing a project executed to the highest standard.
After completing a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Hotel Management at the Southern Institute of Technology in 1994, Sonya embarked on a career in office management before commencing employment for over a decade with the Invercargill Licensing Trust.
Her roles at the Ascot Park Hotel – naming rights sponsor of our Southern Steel franchise – included Reservations Manager, PA to the Executive Manager and Functions Manager co-ordinating large events, conferences and weddings.
Seeking a new challenge, she joined the Netball South team in 2008 following the launch of the ANZ Championship to manage events for the Steel franchise.
Her extensive knowledge proved an asset for ILT firm Elmwood when Invercargill hosted one of the biggest global sporting events in the Rugby World Cup 2011 where she was recruited to manage the VIP Corporate Lounge. Other assignments include the Fast5 World Netball Series.
Sonya's organisational skills also come in handy on the home front where she is married to Craig and mum to three handsome boys - James, William and Callum. Socialising with family and friends and a penchant for scrapbooking occupy her spare time.
Carla's ticketing nous has proved an asset since she joined the Netball South team in 2012.
Graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Marketing and Management), Carla has worked the events industry for over a decade and brings an array of skills to her role.
As well as managing our ticketing and membership requirements, Carla assists with the co-ordination of various events and marketing initiatives.
Married to Michael, the couple have two adorable young sons, Riley and Cole.
With a "double degree with honours from the University of Life", Jan joined our netball family in 2009 as office manager. Tasked with overseeing the accounts and various administration duties, we think Jan's the most important in the organisation ... because she pays the wages!
Jan's extensive knowledge of finances stems from a background in banking with BNZ in Dunedin, followed by a stint in the Invercargill branch. Putting her career on hold to raise two daughters, she returned to the workforce managing the accounts for the family business before venturing into the media industry as office manager for Radio Central in Alexandra before transferring south to Foveaux Radio/More FM for several years, followed by a year at The Radio Network.
An animal lover, horses in particular have featured strongly in Jan's interests with an extensive involvement with three-day eventing and Pony Club. She also enjoys drinking wine and holidaying overseas in tropical climes.