Coach­ing pas­sion awak­ened

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Netball -

ARMADALE lo­cal Rachel Southam is lead­ing the way for young net­ballers.

The 19-year-old player and coach started with the sport when she was 5, and in­creased her coach­ing roles while re­cov­er­ing from a knee re­con­struc­tion in 2015.

“Through­out my year off play­ing, I en­joyed coach­ing so much I knew I wanted to keep do­ing it in the fu­ture,” Ms Southam said.

“All my coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ences are ex­tremely re­ward­ing. For the past year I’ve been in­volved in de­vel­op­ing and co­coach­ing the South­ern Dis­tricts Red Devils No Lim­its team, which is a pro­gram for peo­ple aged 11 years and over with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

“In June, we com­peted at the As­so­ci­a­tion Mem­bers Cham­pi­onships and played off in the Grand Fi­nal. See­ing the play­ers in this team’s en­joy­ment and im­prove­ment in the sport is the most re­ward­ing team I have been a part of.”

Ms Southam said she loves build­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween every­one in­volved in net­ball, and the chal­lenge the sport of­fers.

She hopes to con­tinue coach­ing teams at grass roots level, the No Lim­its team and in the WA Net­ball League for the South-East Demons.

She also hopes to con­tinue play­ing for the Zo­di­acs Net­ball Club and work to­wards be­ing a player for the League side in the South-East Demons.

Ms Southam’s fa­ther David, who nom­i­nated his daugh­ter for the Lo­cal Sports Star award, said her en­joy­ment of the sport was ob­vi­ous.

“I’ve been ex­tremely proud of her ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed,” he said.

Rachel Southam coaches her un­der 15s Zo­diac Net­ball Club team.

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