Netball GM focuses on growth

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 13:17 09/04/2014
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NUMBERS GAME: Bronwyn Meads.

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New Netball Manawatu general manager Bronwyn Meads would like to grow the game at grassroots level.

Meads takes over from Louise Clarke, who has moved to Australia.

She starts on May 5 and already has plenty of things she wants to get started on, including retaining sponsors, a major issue for not-for-profit organisations, and making people more aware of netball in Manawatu.

"But definitely growth of netball is on the high-priority list, retaining those numbers," she said. "I look back to when I played in Marton and now they don't have any senior teams and that's such a shame.

"I want to look at ways we can make that happen again. I don't know if it's an impossibility or something that can happen."

Meads has been the Bulls and District Community Trust co-ordinator for the past 10 years, but said the netball job was an opportunity for bigger and brighter things.

The 48-year-old felt there would be similarities with her old job and said being a general manager is something she has been doing anyway, just without the title. But managing staff would be a new experience.

"I have a passion for netball, I care about the future of netball . . . I feel I can give a lot to the organisation. I know I work really well in a team here in Bulls."

The co-ordinator job involved promotions and her work ethic should come in handy in the new role.

"I'm the type of person when I walk out the door at 5pm I'm still working, still looking for opportunities."

In her netball career, she has played for Bulls and Te Kawau and represented Rangitikei, and she has coached at primary school and senior level.

She still plays at the New Zealand Masters Games in Wanganui every couple of years and is occasionally dragged along to play at Vautier Park.

"I've always been a big netball fan."

Meads is the secretary at the Rangitikei Golf Club and plays squash and tennis.

Netball Manawatu had many applicants and Meads was chosen from a shortlist of seven.

Business development officer Barbara Broederlow is the acting general manager until Meads starts.

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- Manawatu Standard

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