20/04/2024

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One of the netball’s most popular personalities can add another bow to her cap as she takes up a new role at the West Coast Fever.

One of the netball’s most popular personalities can add another bow to her cap after it was announced Sue Gaudion is now West Coast Fever’s General Manager (Pathway and Performance), and she’s been tasked with finding a new coach.

Current Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich took over the Australian Diamonds program duties last year which means she will vacate her clubland role which she has held since 2014.

As the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season draws closer, Gaudion said her first priority in the role is to manage both the future of the club and the challenges presented by a dual-role coach.

“For me, the key focus is we have a dual-role head coach that we need to manage accordingly as the Diamonds head off [to play the Constellation Cup in New Zealand next month],” she told The Inner Sanctum.

“I am trying to manage that to the best of my ability. We really just want to make sure Stacey leaves the club in the best possible way.

“In the first instance, we need to search for a new coach and there’s a process with that. We will get onto that. And of course, [with a new broadcast deal from 2022] we have a massive job ahead with players and staff off-contract – already off the back of a tough year in 2020.

“And then, ultimately, my job will be supporting the club to be a success. We are starting from a handicap in 2021 and that is difficult, but we will take it one step at a time.

“The first thing [I need to do] is go shopping for a wardrobe. I haven’t worked in an office for a while.”

One of the biggest parts of the job will be to continue to build on the player pathway foundations in Western Australia, according to Gaudian.

“We need to make sure our pathway is right for athletes to get through to SSN,” she said.

“We would love to be in a position to have a team full of Western Australian players – but we will give them a foundation and the best chances possible.

“What we will look at over a number of years is how to align our systems in place and ensure our Fever brand is filtered down throughout that system.”

Gaudion has been a specialist High Performance Coach with Fever since 2018 and will continue with her coaching duties whilst transitioning fully into her new role upon Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich’s return from Australian Diamonds duty.

Gaudion has coached at all levels of netball in Australia, including Head Coach of West Coast Fever in 2008, when they transitioned from the Perth Orioles and in 2018, received Netball WA’s highest honour, with Netball WA Life Membership.

Gaudion’s netball coaching history is extensive, having coached the Perth Orioles in 2007, the WA State 21U team in 2005, where the team claimed their first National Championship in 33 years and in 2006 where the team finished second.

From 2003-2006, Gaudion coached South East Demons State team, she went on to become the Head Coach of the Australian Institute of Sport from 2009-2011 and was the Assistant Coach for the Australian 21U team in 2011.

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