The NSW Swifts have announced Briony Akle as Head Coach for the team’s 2018 Suncorp Super Netball campaign and beyond.
A former Sydney Swifts representative, Akle has signed a three-year deal which will see her take the helm of the Club and look to continue the Swifts’ 2020 vision.
Akle said she was delighted to be taking over such a young, exciting and talented group of players.
“I am both humbled and honoured to be taking up this role at such a respected Club,” Akle said.
“Some of the greatest players to have ever graced the game have worn the Swifts dress and I am really looking forward to working with the current group who have really impressed me so far.
“I know that this Club has a long-term vision and I delighted to get the opportunity to take over and help steer the Swifts back to where they belong at the pinnacle of the game.
“I would like to thank Netball NSW for this chance and cannot wait to get to know the players one-on-one and work closely with them.”
A dual Commonwealth Bank Trophy Premiership winner as a player with the Sydney Swifts (1999-2004), Akle has extensive experience coaching emerging athletes.
Most recently she was Head Netball Coach at the NSW Institute of Sport where she was responsible for delivering the high-performance program for NSWIS scholarship and targeted national and emerging athletes.
Carolyn Campbell, CEO of Netball NSW, said the organisation was delighted to welcome Akle on board and felt they had appointed the right candidate to take the Swifts forward.
“We believe Briony has all of the qualities we look for in a Head Coach and is the right person to lead our wonderful group of young Swifts to the success which is very much within their reach,” she said.
BRIONY AKLE’S EXPERIENCE
Playing career: Sydney Swifts (1999-2004)
Coaching Career: Head Coach NSW 17/U Team (2011), Assistant Coach NSW 21/U Team (2012), Head Coach NSW 19/U Team (2014, 2015), Head Coach Netball NSW Blues (2014), Apprentice Coach NSW Swifts (2014), Assistant Coach Netball NSW Waratahs (2015), Head Coach Netball NSW Waratahs (2016, 2017), Head Netball Coach, NSW Institute of Sport (2016, 2017).
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