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New Pearls Head Coach To Be Selected

Netball Fiji released a statement on Saturday that they had accepted with respect and understood Brazel’s resignation.
13 Sep 2021 12:22
New Pearls Head Coach To Be Selected
Outgoing Fijian Pearls head coach, Jennifer Brazel (left) and Netball Fiji president, RubyAnn Sorovaki at Nausori International Airport, on March 8, 2021. Brazel has resigned from her coaching role. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Netball Fiji will be working on the selection of a new head coach in the next few weeks.

This was after coach Jennifer Brazel resigned last week, citing personal reasons.

President, RubyAnn Sorovaki said the executives will meet to decide on the new coaching role criteria.

“She (Jenny) resigned on Wednesday,” Sorovaki said.

“We will have to meet and thoroughly work on the selection of the new coach, because COVID-19 has affected a lot of things, so we will have to plan within that for the next four years.

Netball Fiji released a statement on Saturday that they had accepted with respect and understood Brazel’s resignation.

She was in the role for nine months and been living in the country since March.

In her formal advice to Netball Fiji Brazel said: “This has been an extremely difficult decision made all the harder by the current COVID-19 situation and my family’s wishes which I regard as a priority at this time.”

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that Netball Fiji has provided me during the last 9 months as well as the loving support and tremendous opportunity to be a part of the wonderful Netball community in Fiji,” she added.

Sorovaki indicated Brazel has made a huge impact in all areas of her role and they completely understoodd the circumstances surrounding her decision not to continue as national coach.

“Rightfully priorities have changed with the current COVID 19 situation and we know this decision would not have been an easy one for her given the plans she had put in place to improve the ranking of our Fiji Pearls and her passion and focus on pathways.

Sorovaki added that as a result of Jenny’s hard work over the same period, plans and discussions are now underway, based on funding, to set up the Netball Fiji Academy. She had also begun work on both a High- Performance Plan and a ‘Coach the Coaches’ Program with a plan to grow the numbers and technical capacity of local coaches.

“While we are saddened at losing someone of Jen’s caliber, we thank her for the work she put in during her short stint with us and we remain focused on the opportunity to find someone who can work with Netball Fiji and the direction we want to move in over the next four years,” Sorovaki said.

The former Queensland Firebirds assistant coach was a debutant national coach for Fiji.

Brazel had joined the Queensland Firebirds team as assistant coach in 2015 experiencing success at the highest level of netball, winning the ANZ Championship in both 2015 and 2016.

She has been recognised as Netball Queensland Coach of the Year four times -2018, 2010, 2006 and 2004 and has achieved many successes including the role as head coach of the Australian Netball League Queensland Fusion Team and the 2010 Netball Australia National Under-Age Championship (19/U) winning team.

Brazel joined the Queensland Firebirds team as assistant coach in 2015 where she experienced success at the highest level of netball, winning the ANZ Championship in both 2015 and 2016.

Last year she stepped into a specialist coaching role with the Queensland Firebirds as she assumes the Head Coach position of the Queensland Fusion and Elite Development Programme.

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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