Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Former Pulse Star to Develop the Next Generation

Former Pulse Star to Develop the Next Generation

Media Release
21 August 2014

Frances Solia, former Central Pulse and Samoa captain, has been appointed as Emerging Talent Manager for Netball Central Zone.

Frances, aka ‘Froggy’, has played netball at an elite level, including taking part in two Commonwealth Games and three world championships with Samoa, a World 7s series and stints in the ANZ Championship with both the Pulse and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.

The 37-year old mid-courter retired from playing in 2012 to start a family, but returned to the netball world last year as the Centre Manager of Kapi Mana Netball.

Frances feels she has a lot to offer the role given her enormous playing experience. “I’ve finished playing and I’ve got a lot of playing experience. I’m in a position now where I can share and give back.

“This is an exciting and challenging role and I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity. The new Netball New Zealand (NNZ) programme that is due to be released at the end of the month is a great initiative, especially for netballers striving to play at an elite level. To be a part of this new implementation is such a rewarding feeling as I've always enjoyed helping players fulfil their dreams to succeed in the sport we love to play,” explained Frances.

The Emerging Talent Manager replaces the previous High Performance role and will be working closely with both Netball New Zealand and the centres within the zone to ensure that both the national and zone programmes are integrated.

“I have lots of ideas on how to make it happen, but I need to make sure that we plan the most effective way to make it happen for our players.

“It means tapping into U15s and U17s and making sure that the right pathways are available to those youngsters, so that we eventually get them into the U23s, and then on to the Haier Pulse.

Although the new manager doesn’t officially start her role until 9 September, she will join high performance personnel from the other zones around the country at a forum on 24 August.

“I’m really looking forward to talking to people like Julie Fitzgerald, to see what ideas they might have.

“Julie is amazing, I was very fortunate in playing career to have been coached by her and Lisa Alexander during the World 7’s in 2009 where I picked up little things. The Australians tend to approach things a bit differently to New Zealand…. little things, but highly effective.”

Haier Pulse and Netball Central Zone CEO Carolyn Young believes Frances will be a huge asset to the zone, bringing with her a wealth of netball experience from grassroots to international tests. “Frances has a long pedigree in netball, having played in representative teams for Wellington, and as a member of the Shakers, Pulse, Magic and the Samoan national team during her playing career,” she stated.

“Her experience will be invaluable to the implementation of the new NNZ programme,” added Carolyn.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

  • Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

    “Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

    ALSO:

    Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

    Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

    ALSO:

    Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

    Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Review Of Books: Excerpt - Ice Bear: The Cultural History Of An Arctic Icon

    “During the last decade the image of the polar bear has moved in the public imagination from being an icon of strength, independence and survival in one of the most climatically extreme of world environments, to that of fragility, vulnerability and more generally of a global environmental crisis.” More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news