Adelle Auld, Netball

What sport do you coach?

Netball and I really enjoy it.

Why did you start coaching?

I’ve been exposed to netball since I was born. I started playing competitive netball when I was 12 years old.  It taught me a lot of great things - in particular, how to be a team player.

For 15+ years I have been actively involved with the role of developing umpires in the game of netball. With my own injuries compelling me to retire from both playing and umpiring in 2012, I altered my focus. I was happy to retire and let aspiring young athletes compete. At the same time, I didn’t want to let go of the netball community so I chose to follow another path of development and became a coach which allows me to give back to the sport and community that I love.

What sport do you play?

These days, I don’t play any competitive sport, however I keep active. I used to play netball, basketball and tennis.


Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2016 – Completed Netball Australia Select for Success Course
  • 2011 – Netball Australia Presenter of Umpiring Level 1 Course
  • 2010 – 2015 – Board member of the Geraldton Netball Association
  • 2010 – 2014 – President of Kazuals Netball Association
  • 2014 – Attained National Accreditation of Development Coach in Netball
  • 2012 – Attained National Accreditation of Foundation Coach in Netball
  • 2003 – 2006  – President of the Rookies Netball Club, Kalgoorlie
  • 2004 – National C Level Umpire, Netball Australia
  • 2003 – Attained National Accreditation of Development Coach in Netball
  • 2002 – Attained National Accreditation of Foundation Coach in Netball
  • 2005 – Current –  Netball Australia - Umpire Tester Certified

Three words that best describe you

Dedicated, passionate, committed. Also hard working and some people might also say that I’m loyal. 

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

Hmm, it is hard to pick. I would probably be an Owl, Sincere, Hardworking, Intelligent and Conservative (somewhat)!

Athletic career achievements

  • 1986 – I was the captain of a premiership netball team
  • 1987 – I played in a premiership netball team
  • 2010 – I played in a premiership netball team
  • I have a number of individual recognitions over the many years; however I believe when you play a team sport, your achievements are measured by team successes not individual achievements.

Coaching achievements

  • 2017 – Coach of the Red Ink Homes, Midwest Tigers 18 and Under
  • 2016 – Coach of the Red Ink Homes, Midwest Tigers 18 and Under
  • 2016 – Senior 1 Netball Coach, (competed in the grand final)
  • 2015 – Senior 1 Netball Coach – Premiership coach
  • 2013 – 2014 – Junior 2 Netball coach - Premiership coach
  • 2008 – Senior 5 Netball coach - Premiership coach
  • As an umpire mentor / coach I have received great pleasure in seeing people achieve their goals in the field of umpiring.

Do you have a sports idol?

I don’t have an idol. I’m somebody who likes to gain new learning from various coaches from all sports.

In 2016, I met Rick Charlesworth, Australian sport coach and former politician when he came to Geraldton. He made a huge impact on me; this also reassured me about coaching being the right choice for me.

I admire Australian netball player, Sharni Layton for her commitment and dedication to the sport that I also love. I can certainly relate to her passion for this awesome sport.  

I should also mention my parents. They have held administrative roles in various sporting bodies (across eight sports discipline). This gave me exposure to endless discussions about administration, rules, athletes, team commitment and won and lost games. I used to love listening to these talks and I know it had impact on my decision to not only play but also to be more actively involved in netball, and later, my progress into the coaching arena.

What sort of work you do?
I’m Senior Service Coordinator, Outotec PL (mining and engineering specialists). I like working for a company who is trying to help their customers to create smartest value from natural resources. 

What are your hobbies?

I love gardening and reading books. Right now, I’m reading a great book which was written by Rich Charlesworth “The Coach – Managing for Success”. He actually gave me this copy when I met him in Geraldton.

I miss my family so I take any opportunity to go back to our family farm in Southern Cross. During this time, I’m happy to take off my work or coaching hats, and be a free slave for my dad who is very hard working man. I strongly admire his commitment to his farm and livestock.

What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?

  • Be the best possible person you can be.
  • Have goals, but don’t over-focus on them.
  • If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.
  • Go back to basics - work on your core skills.
  • Practice, practice, practice as much as you can and you’ll be rewarded with great results.