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Akle appointed NSW Swifts Head Coach

The NSW Swifts are delighted to announce that former Club representative Briony Akle will take over as Head Coach for the team’s 2018 Suncorp Super Netball campaign and beyond.

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, who cut her teeth as an elite player before moving into high performance coaching, takes over from Rob Wright who held the position of Head Coach from seasons 2014-2017 and stepped down on personal grounds last month.

Speaking today, Akle said she was delighted to be taking over such a young, exciting and talented group of players. She is also looking forward to adding to the rich history and legacy of the NSW Swifts.

“I am both humbled and honoured to be taking up this role at such a respected Club,” she 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.”

Playing in front of the Swifts’ army of fans is also something Akle said excites her.

“We have all seen the great games the Swifts have played and won at both the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre and Qudos Bank Arena and I am anticipating some more wonderful occasions next season.

“Players often feel they have an extra player out on court thanks to their supporters, and the colour, passion and support of the Swifts fans is something I’ll be looking to feed off too.

“This is a very special Club which is steeped in history, but not weighed down by it, and I am ready for the challenge that lies ahead.”

A dual Commonwealth Bank Trophy Premiership winner as a player with the Sydney Swifts (1999-2004), Akle has extensive experience coaching emerging athletes.

She was Head Coach of the NSW 17/U State Team (2011), Assistant Coach of the NSW 21/U State Team (2012), Head Coach of the NSW 19/U State Team (2014, 2015), Head Coach of the Netball NSW Blues (2014), Assistant coach of the Netball NSW Waratahs (2015) and was appointed a NSW Swifts Apprentice Coach in 2014.

Akle led the NSW 19/U State Team to the National Netball Championships title in 2015 and was subsequently appointed as Assistant Coach of the 19/U Australian Gold team in the same year.

She became Head Coach of the Netball NSW Waratahs in 2016 and led them to the Australian Netball League Grand Final. 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.

“The NSW Swifts are all about setting high standards and meeting them through hard work, honesty, integrity and fairness,” she said.

“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 has a fine track record and proven herself at every level she has coached at. Not only that, as a former player and high performance coach, Briony knows netball in this state better than anyone and it is very special for us to appoint another home-grown coach.

“Netball NSW has a clear vision of what it wants for the NSW Swifts and Briony’s ideas fit perfectly with this.

“On behalf of everyone at Netball NSW I would like to congratulate Briony on her appointment and we look forward to working alongside her in this great new era for the Swifts.”

Further information regarding Akle’s coaching team and Swifts Training Partners for 2018 will be made in due course.

Watch Briony’s full interview with NSWSwiftsTV in the player below.

BRIONY AKLE BIO

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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