This week we spoke to Netball Strength and Conditioning Coach Catherine Phillips about all things netball!

How long have you been involved in netball and what attracted you to join?

I have been involved in netball for 35 years, I started playing netball when I was 6 years old.  My sister played netball and some of my friends from primary school wanted to try it so we joined and I haven’t looked back since.

What do you do for work?

I am the Senior Technical Support Officer for the Paramedicine and Allied Health programs at Western Sydney University.  I do class set-ups and pack-ups, equipment maintenance, support research, assist with the Uniclinic, ordering, stocktakes and a whole range of other tasks.

What has been your favourite experience as an Academy coach?

The tournaments that we get to participate in, as you get to see the players transfer what they have learnt at training onto the court and that is a rewarding feeling as a coach.  I will always remember the year we won Division 1 at Maitland in 2014 when Heather and I were coaching the team! 😊

Catherine (Left) with Olivia Harris and Head Coach Heather Smith

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No, I don’t … I’m not superstitious with things like that.

If you weren’t involved in Netball what sport would you play/be involved with?

Most likely gymnastics.  I had to make a decision at the end of my first year of university, which sport to continue in as I was doing gymnastics and playing netball and something had to give.  I was offered a coaching position in gymnastics but I chose to stick with netball as I was still playing as well as coaching.

Catherine testing athletes in the 2021 Netball Program

What is the best advice you have been given?

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” and “Believe you can and you’re halfway there

What has been your greatest coaching achievement?

Winning Division 2 of State Age with the Parramatta Auburn Netball Association 12 Years Team.

If you could have one super power what would you choose?

Never really thought about it before…but I think invisibility would be interesting!