Helene was born and grew up in Auckland on the North Shore. She played representative netball for North Harbour.
Helene studied Physical Education at university and she has taught as a secondary PE, Dance, Outdoor Education, Health and Science teacher and been a Director of Sport; teaching in various schools in Auckland and NSW, Australia. After having children, Helene changed professions and began working for High Performance Sport NZ as an Athlete Life Advisor (her current job). She is the lead in Athlete Life for the NZ Blacksticks Women’s Hockey, NZ Women’s Sevens Rugby and the All Blacks Sevens. Helene is also a qualified life coach, career counsellor and studying psychology.
Helene coached her first netball team in 1993 and she hasn’t stopped since. She has coached at primary and secondary schools (Pakuranga, Diocesan, Westlake), club (Commodores netball Club and Shore Rovers Netball Club), age group and NPC representative (North Harbour and North), national (NZSS) and franchise (Mystics). Helene has also coached secondary school, age group representative and a state league team in NSW Australia.
Helene’s proudest coaching moments were coaching Westlake Girls High School to qualify for NZSS tournament for the first time in schools history, coaching Shore Rovers Netball Club to their first Premier Championship in 12 years at Netball North Harbour, and winning the Trans-Tasman Challenge with NZSS.
Helene’s greatest love of coaching is being a ‘change agent’ and supporting athletes to realise their potential and back themselves to perform at their best. The challenge of growing their skills at a rate faster than the opposition is rewarding for Helene.
“I look forward to bringing my knowledge of high performance in many sporting contexts to the U23 team and hope to grow athletes to succeed at the next level by understanding and learning the attributes needed to excel in a high performance environment”. – Helene Wilson
Tracey Spence has been involved in Netball for the past 30 years in mainly a volunteer role supporting the development of Netball in the following areas at Club, School and Representative level ,Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Poitarawhiti ( Counties Maoris) through playing, coaching, umpiring, mentoring and selecting.
Through this time Tracey has been able to build strong connections within the Community to further encourage participation at all levels through supporting the infrastructures of the Clubs she has been involved with.
Her passion for Netball has bought her to Netball Northern as the Netball Development Officer for six Counties Manukau Centres along with two satellites being Otara Scorpions Netball Club and Pohutukawa Coast Netball Club of which both are satellite to Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre.
Tracey’s passion is to work with grassroots officials to strengthen our foundations and provide pathways to enable growth and development in all areas, and to always strive to be better than before.
“Through sport we can build a myriad of connections that allow our passion for the game to shine through and influence others in a positive light.’
Angela is a National Bench Official and have been since 2010,
She is also a NZC umpire and Umpire Coach for the northern zone.
Being a bench official has been extremely rewarding for Angela, with still being able to be part of the game and knowing that she is able to continue on this pathway with the game even as her participation as an umpire lessons.
Zak’s role within Netball Northern is leading the South Auckland Leadership Program.
Having represented NZ as a player at u23 men’s level, Zak turned to umpiring to further his involvement in the sport.
He is currently a Netball Northern Performance Squad member, and in the NNZ National Umpire Squad, officiating the Beko Netball League in 2017.
Zak is also a coordinator of the AUT Netball Club, which is his former place of study and employment.
When not at the netball courts, Zak likes to hit the golf course as much as possible.
Vicki has over 30 years experience working in various office roles gaining invaluable experience in Sales, Accounts, Finance, and Payroll. Vicki possesses the skills needed to improve inefficiencies and deliver results. Uses a model of supportive and participatory leadership. Along with good business acumen Vicki has continuously worked on upskilling as a Coach and now holds her NNZ Performance Coach Qualification.
Vicki’s role as Centre Development officer is here to assist Centres in all the above areas as well as funding, reporting and general assistance to assist you.
Sharleen has enjoyed netball for over 30 years. Growing up on the side of a netball court from a young age and then becoming a player and umpire herself, she spent many weekends playing and umpiring at Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre and Netball Waitakere. After spending six years overseas and then starting a family Sharleen came back to Netball Waitakere to continue with her umpiring. She has had the pleasure of coaching up and coming umpires and running theory classes over the last few years as well as attending a few NNZ U17 tournaments. After spending time working in the travel, car and fitness industries Sharleen is happy to be able to now help develop umpires and support the netball community.
Melanie is Ngati Kahungunu and from Sunny Hawkes Bay. She moved with her family to the mixed weather metropolis that is Auckland in July 2016. Sport and being active has always been an important part of Melanie's life. She has played numerous sports throughout her childhood but during adulthood have always come back to Netball and Swimming. At a crossroads in Melanie's life she decided that study was the way forward so she enrolled in the Certificate in Health and Fitness at the Eastern Institute of Technology then went on to complete my Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. Melanie's study within the sport industry reaffirmed her passion for sport but also ignited a desire to promote health and physical activity in the community. Prior to working at Northern Netball Melanie worked as the Development Officer for Water Safety at Sport Hawke's Bay and also worked with Swimming New Zealand.