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Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander dreams of becoming the first female coach of a men’s AFL team (Australia)

The 55-year-old was in Warrnambool on Thursday to take a free 45-minute junior netball session, a two-hour clinic and a 90-minute coaching workshop.

Alexander told a group of excited youngsters she was hungry to lead the?Diamonds to a fourth consecutive World Cup title this July in Liverpool – and by doing so avenge the side’s shock one-goal loss to England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final.

But after fielding a string of netball questions?from the audience, one fan asked her something more left-field.

And Alexander didn’t break her stride.

“One of my goals is actually to become the first female coach of an AFL men’s team,” she said.

“It might take me another 10?years, I don’t know.

“But which team would I like to coach? Probably the Sydney Swans, because I just love the sound of their high performance program

Alexander also shared some tips with a group of south-west netball coaches.

“With the juniors, I know it’s a cliche, but you really just need to focus on the basics,”?she said.

“At the end of the day, I rely on the Diamonds having those skills spot-on, because otherwise they won’t make it. So your job is super important to me.”

But Alexander said junior coaches also played a major role in the lives of girls and young women.

“I think the greatest gift junior coaches can give is keeping players in the sport by letting them enjoy it and teaching them the importance of fitness, health and well-being,”?she said.

“And that’s the big thing – as a coach, you touch lives and you play a significant role in the mental health of young people.”

The Netball World Cup will be held from July 12 to July 21.


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