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    November 12, 2019

Julie Hoornweg’s Tenure as Wales Head Coach Ends After a Successful 18 Months

Welsh Netball can confirm that Julie Hoornweg’s tenure as
Wales Head Coach has come to an end, after a transformative 18 months for
Wales’ elite national side.

Following Wales’ failure to qualify for the 2019 Netball
World Cup, Hoornweg took charge of the senior team on an interim basis for the
2018 Commonwealth Games where she led the side to a best-ever result against
New Zealand and a record win over Fiji. She then agreed to stay with the squad
for 2019 to implement a new vision for the squad, establishing the ‘Welsh Way’
of netball – a new tactical doctrine that would help propel the team back up
the International Netball Federation World Rankings.

2019 saw Wales go from strength-to-strength as Hoornweg led
the team through Welsh Netball’s ambitious programme of 6 Summer Tests. In
those games, Wales defeated higher ranking opposition in Malawi (for the first
time ever) and Trinidad & Tobago at the Viola Arena. This was swiftly
followed by two wins against Grenada.

Hoornweg’s winning streak continued at the 2019 Netball
Europe Open Championships in Belfast where Wales beat hosts Northern Ireland,
recorded a dramatic draw against England and won comprehensively against the
Republic of Ireland. Wales secured a silver medal only very narrowly missing
out on gold by goal difference.

By the end of 2019, Hoornweg had led Wales back into the top
10 of the INF World Rankings and the squad had welcomed 6 newly capped players.
Her work mentoring Wales’ two assistant coaches, Sara Hale and Jenna Culley has
also ensured that the ‘Welsh Way’ of netball will continue to steer Wales to
success with qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on the horizon.

Speaking about the impact Hoornweg has had on netball in
Wales, Sarah Jones, Welsh Netball CEO said: “Julie has been a true leader for
netball in Wales over the last 18 months and has been instrumental in the
success that we have seen on and off the court in that time. I would like to
thank Julie personally for her dedication to our sport and our country.

“Julie came on board at a time of instability unrest and
uncertainty within the Wales performance structure. During her tenure, she
never shied away from the challenges and the difficulties that lay ahead. Julie
is a game changer – a true leader – who embraced the vision we have for netball
in Wales and grabbed every opportunity to deliver success. She has exceeded the
goals we originally set out and she has revived the Wales squad, its culture,
and its expectations of itself.

“Julie has been embraced by everyone she has met,
particularly the players and management team, which she has mentored, taught
and led. She has been integral to the netball family here in Wales. She has laid
strong foundations and expectations for the next phase in our ambitious journey
and she leaves the squad and country in a far better place.

“Julie will be missed hugely by all of us, and it has been a
privilege to watch her create, change and deliver. She will be an honorary
Welsh woman forever more.”

Welsh Netball would like to thank Julie for everything she
has given to the netball community in Wales throughout her time as head coach.
Her legacy of transformation will help deliver future success and her work with
the Wales senior team has inspired a new generation of ambitious young athletes
to one day wear the red dress of Wales.

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