Netball: Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua commits to next World Cup

Netball New Zealand has confirmed world champion coach Dame Noeline Taurua will coach the Silver Ferns through to the next Netball World Cup in 2023.

The new deal means Dame Noeline will guide the Silver Ferns at next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, before the chance to win back-to-back world titles in South Africa the following year.

Currently preparing the Silver Ferns for next month’s series against Australian Diamonds, the 52-year-old says re-signing for such a length of time was something new for her, but felt right.

"This is the first time that I have actually signed a long-term netball contract," she says. "For me, I feel extremely positive about the direction that netball is going in New Zealand and I want to continue to be a part of that.

"I'm incredibly proud of where we have come from, but also really excited about where we are going to next."

Since her appointment in 2018, Dame Noeline - who earned 34 international caps as a player - has been instrumental in the Silver Ferns' resurgence, highlighted by a world championship triumph in Liverpool in 2019.

Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie is delighted to retain the services of the world-class coach.

"Noeline has a proven record at all levels, and is an outstanding coach and leader," says Wyllie. "Just as importantly, she has played a major role in driving our high performance netball community in the same direction.

"Under Noeline's watch, we have seen growth within our Silver Fern environment in many areas and we're excited about the future of our national team."

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