1. ITV Report

Wales Netball appoint Julie Hoornweg as Interim Head Coach

Julie Hoornweg has been appointed as as Interim Head Coach of Wales.

Credit: Welsh Netball

Hoornweg will replace Trish Wilcox, who left in January.

The ex-England and Fiji coach will lead Wales at the Commonwealth Games in April and the take charge of the Celtic Dragons for the rest of the Superleague season, before returning to Australia at the end of the season.

Hoornweg began her career as a netball player in the Australian state of Victoria. She then moved into coaching, becoming the Fiji national coach in 1997. She was awarded Fiji Coach of the Year in 1998 and was made an Officer of the Order of Fiji in 1999.

Recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, Hoornweg became head coach of England in the same year.

It is absolutely fantastic for Wales and Celtic Dragons that we are able to welcome Julie to the Coaching team.”

Julie has an exceptional track record as a head coach that spans the last two decades.

Her range of experience across the netball world will be hugely beneficial to our players in both the Superleague season and the Commonwealth Games.

Julie’s appointment is interim and we are happy that Julie was able to commit to Wales and Celtic Dragons at short notice.

Julie will take the lead for the Superleague season and the Commonwealth Games before returning to her family in Australia at the end of the season.

– Sarah Jones, Welsh Netball CEO