Springvale District Netball Association’s (SDNA) Melanie Quigly’s memories of being coached by her mum sparked an interest in taking the reins of her own daughter’s local netball team.
Now, with almost five years of coaching under her belt, Quigly enjoys watching her daughter’s netball journey follow a similar path to her own.
“I had the best memories of my mum coaching me when I was five years old, so I wanted to pass on some family history and memories to my own daughter. I’m 44 and think I know that I want to coach for the rest of my life,” Quigly said.
Through her coaching pathway, Quigly was introduced to former Phoenix goaler and current Victorian Fury assistant coach, Eloise Southby who she works alongside as assistant coach at the School Girls Championships in Waverly last year.
It’s experiences like these which have helped Quigly develop as a coach to see athletes reach their potential.
“I feel like I’m in a really fortunate position where I can help guide players in their development, but also trying to give them a voice and some confidence.
“In this day and age, it’s tough being a kid and if you have the right person putting you up rather than pulling you down it can alter a child’s life.”
With plenty of coaching clinics under her belt, as well as completing the theory side of the Foundation Coaching course, Quigly has ambitions of one day coaching in the Bupa Victorian Netball League – the state’s premier league as part of Netball Victoria’s pathway.
“I’d love to get into the Bupa VNL, I want to develop further and hopefully get my elite coaching accreditation one day, but I don’t want to rush it, I want to make sure I’m using all the good resources as well as learning from experienced coaches, as they have so much to offer.”
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