11 Jan 2016

Sport: Fiji hoping to appoint new netball coach by April

12:16 pm on 11 January 2016

Netball Fiji hope to have a new national head coach in place by April following the sudden resignation of Kate Carpenter.

Carpenter quit last month after 15 months in charge, citing personal reasons.

Netball coach Kate Carpenter

Former Fiji netball coach Kate Carpenter. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

During her tenure, Fiji hosted the Silver Ferns in Suva, defended their Pacific Games title and finished 11th at the World Cup in Sydney.

The Fiji netball team in discussion on court.

The Fiji netball team in discussion on court. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Netball Fiji President Wainikiti Bogidrau says Carpenter's decision to quit came as a surprise but they've already begun the hunt for a replacement.

"We're looking for someone with experience in coaching in a higher-ranked national team or even an ANZ franchise team [from the Trans Tasman competition]

or aged representatives, so we are looking at a coach that will be able to develop our national team and be on par with player development and also to guide local coaches to get some form of national accreditation".

Wainikiti Bogidrau says funding from the Fiji National Sports Commission, to attract high-profile coaches from overseas to work in Fiji, is still available and they plan to talk to the government again

the they're also working hard to secure some test matches for the Pearls programme later in the year.