Netball New Zealand name panel to conduct review into Commonwealth Games failure

A three member panel has been appointed to carry out a wholesale review of the Silver Ferns failed Commonwealth Games campaign.

It will be headed by Auckland lawyer and former Netball New Zealand chair Don Mackinnon.

It will also include America's Cup Team New Zealand chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge along with former Silver Fern, businesswoman and Pasifika community Linda Vagana.

New Zealand failed to win a medal at the Gold Coast Games and it was the first time since the sport was introduced at the Games in 1998 that the Silver Ferns had not reached the final.

The review will cover all aspects of the Silver Ferns performance at Commonwealth Games including the performance preparation and planning, team strategy and tactics, resources committed to the campaign, leadership capability, selection policies and processes and team culture.

It will cover a period from January 1st, 2016 until the present time and the panel will be asked to identify and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the campaign and any other factors contributing to the Silver Ferns' results.

They will also be asked to identify any other relevant areas that may have contributed to the performance of the Silver Ferns including high performance pathways, competition structures and alignment with the zones and franchises.

The review process will include Silver Ferns coaches, management and athletes, NNZ management and board members, ANZ Premiership franchise coaches, New Zealand Netball Players' Association, High Performance New Zealand and key influencers to Netball as determined by the panel.

"We were extremely disappointed with the results at the Commonwealth Games and need to understand what influenced the team's performance," said Netball Netball New Zealand chair Allison Ferguson.

"We believe a thorough independent review is needed if we're to get it right for the future of the Silver Ferns and we are thrilled with the quality of the panel we have been able to secure," she said.

Chair of the Review Panel Don Mackinnon said the panel was looking forward to the challenge ahead and confirmed that the process would be thorough and fair.

"Netball is an incredibly important part of the fabric of New Zealand sport and the sport should be applauded for having the courage to open themselves up to the scrutiny of an independent review," he said.

A peer review will take place at the completion of the panel's findings to ensure the appropriate questions have been asked in all areas.

Former Silver Ferns captain Tracey Fear, who has a wealth of High Performance experience in both Australia and New Zealand, and High Performance Sport New Zealand senior performance consultant Eddie Kohlhase will lead the peer review.

Katrina Grant of New Zealand competes against Serena Guthrie of England. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Netball, New Zealand Silver Ferns v England, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia. 11 April 2018 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz
Katrina Grant of New Zealand competes against Serena Guthrie of England. Source: Photosport