Will to Win

New Zealand netball greats on team culture and leadership

Lana McCarthy, Andy Martin and Geoff Watson

Insights and revelations from some of the legends of New Zealand netball

This book is a fascinating deep-dive into the development of the Silver Ferns’ traditions, the evolution of team culture and the nuts-and-bolts of leadership at an elite level. Legendary players and coaches — including Lois Muir, Leigh Gibbs, Bernice Mene, Ruth Aitken and Casey Kopua — candidly discuss the highs and lows of their careers, and of the Silver Ferns, the effect of the intense rivalry with Australia, coping with gut-wrenching losses, and the resilience of players and coaches.

For the first time the perspective of these key actors is the subject of serious analysis, and Will to Win offers a real insight into the psychology of a women’s high-performance team. As such, it provides a practical guide for developing team culture and leadership for netball coaches at all levels. It also includes comments from Farah Palmer on women in sport and leadership, and a brief history of New Zealand netball, including the gains and losses as netball moved into a semi-professional era, and the struggles for sponsorship and for media recognition, despite it being New Zealand’s most popular team sport.

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  • CATEGORY: History
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951135-5-8
  • ESBN: 978-0-9951354-8-2
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 02/06/2020
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Dr Lana McCarthy is a lecturer in teacher education at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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Dr Andy Martin is a professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition at Massey University, Palmerston North.

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Dr Geoff Watson is a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities, Massey University.