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    February 24, 2020

Sara Hale Appointed as Wales Head Coach

Welsh
Netball is pleased to announce that it has appointed Sara Hale as Wales Head
Coach.

Hale has
been working with the squad since joining the Welsh senior team coaching staff
as Assistant Coach back in October 2018. In that time, she has helped guide
Wales through seven successive international test matches without loss. This
also includes winning a silver medal at the 2019 Netball Europe Open
Championship in Belfast.

Following
Netball Europe, Hale was integral to the selection process for the current
2019/20 Wales senior long squad. She then shortly thereafter led preparations
for Wales’ training matches against New Zealand and South Africa which took
place prior to the Vitality Nations Cup in January.

Prior to coaching, Hale earned 87 senior caps for Wales. She
represented her country at two Commonwealth Games: Manchester (2002) and
Melbourne (2006) as well as at three World Championships: Jamaica (2003), New
Zealand (2007) and Singapore (2011) where she captained the side.

Hale also played for Celtic Dragons from 2005 to 2013,
leading the franchise to the 2013 Superleague Grand Final. Moreover, she won
the Superleague title with Manchester Thunder in 2014 before retiring from
playing and moving straight into a coaching role as an assistant coach at the
franchise, until 2018. She has also worked under former England head coach
Tracey Neville as an assistant coach for the England Netball Roses.

Hale shared her thoughts regarding her appointment as Wales
Head Coach. She said:

“I am
honoured to be appointed as Wales Head Coach, having the opportunity to lead
your country is the pinnacle of any coach’s career.

“It’s
been an ambition of mine for a long time, and I am thrilled to be able to make
the dream a reality. I am looking forward to working with this exciting, dedicated
group of athletes, and leading them through the next stage of their development
ahead of the Commonwealth Games and Word Cup.”

Sarah Jones, Welsh Netball CEO said: “We are thrilled to have
appointed someone of the quality and calibre of Sara.

“Sara enjoyed a distinguished playing career in
elite international netball and demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities
during her time on court. As a coach, she has worked with and learned from the very
best and her work with the squad has already yielded some fantastic results
with Wales storming back into the world’s Top 10 ranked netball nations.

“To have a successful Welshwoman of such extraordinary talent in charge of the Wales senior team is a source of enormous pride for the National Governing Body, our athletes, members and public. We are confident that Sara, her fellow management team and our players will be enjoying even further success as we move into a critical year, with qualification for Birmingham 2022 on the horizon.”

With many of the Wales senior squad athletes returning to Vitality Netball Superleague duties over the coming months, Hale and the rest of the Wales management team will continue to work with other squad members. The full Welsh squad will return to training later in the year with preparation for the 2020 Netball Europe Open Championships on the horizon.

Sara Hale, one of Wales’ most distinguished netballers, has now taken the reins as Head Coach of her country – © www.sportingwales.com- Ian Cook

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