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Netball - 04. February 2014.

Tania Obst appointed 21/U coach

Tania Obst named Australia's 21/U coach
Netball Australia has appointed one of the country’s leading underage coaches Tania Obst as the new coach of the Australian 21/U program.

Obst has been appointed to the role for the next two years and will work closely with Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander and Netball Australia’s High Performance team in developing Australia’s emerging talent.

Obst said she’s excited to be taking on such a coveted position and believes her background in coaching underage South Australian State and Australian Netball League teams will benefit the national program.

“I am extremely honoured to have been appointed the national 21/U coach,” Obst said.

“I believe the way I coach the game and my skill set are well suited to the development of elite athletes.

The significance of the role is not lost on me at all and I look forward to preparing as much talent as I can for the Diamonds program.”

Obst has served as head coach of the South Australian Sports Institute netball program since 2010 and been an assistant coach with ANZ Championship side the Adelaide Thunderbirds since 2012. She previously coached the Thunderbirds for one season in the former national league in 2007.

She also coached South Australia to 21/U national championships in 2002, 2003 and 2013 and the Australian Netball League title in 2012.

“I’m passionate about my sport and about developing Australia’s next pool of Diamonds,” Obst said.

“To make that pool even bigger, and keep pushing the boundaries and standards of our current Diamonds so we’re always in a healthy state.”

Alexander said the 21/U national coach was a critical position in Australia’s pathway.

“It’s a turning point; when the juniors in the 17/U and 19/U teams make that key step up in terms of competition and performance,” Alexander said.

“They’re still learning how to play at international level but it’s about winning as well as about development.

“Tania’s role is to make sure the 21/U athletes are well prepared for the Diamonds environment and her extensive head coaching experience will help her achieve this.”

Netball Australia’s Head of High Performance Carol Byers said Obst’s success with the SASI program provides her with the perfect foundation for success with the 21/U program.

“She has implemented significant change within the SASI program,” Byers said.

“It’s changed from a team program to an individual program which has been extremely successful in developing athletes for the international stage.

“Winning the SASI Program of the year in 2013 is a great testament to the work she’s done over the four years.”
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