Congratulations to Renae Hallinan and Our Sporting Life SA Ambassador Leigh Waddington!!!
Off the back of a stellar 2014 season, Renae Hallinan has been re-appointed as Captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds for 2015 alongside new Vice-captain, Leigh Waddington.
Taking over the captaincy from Natalie von Bertouch last year, the respected Australian Diamond star developed her leadership skills in a tough year for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, putting her in great stead to build on this in what we hope will be a successful 2015 ANZ Championship season for her and the team.
“Renae Hallinan is such a highly regarded leader by players and staff alike,” said Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach, Jane Woodlands-Thompson of the 28-year-old mid-courter. “She’s so dedicated, humble and has a genuine team-first attitude. She was the standout choice for Captain and I can’t wait to take the team forward together with her in 2015.”
Supporting Hallinan in 2015 will be Waddington, who has overcome a season-ending knee injury last year to bounce back stronger than ever, ready to combine her strong leadership traits from her career, life and netball experiences.
“I’m delighted that Leigh has earned the coveted Vice-captain position for this season,” said Woodlands-Thompson of Adelaide-born and raised Waddington, a qualified social worker who is currently studying to become a personal trainer. “Like Renae, she is very highly regarded by both the playing and staff groups and I'm delighted that her time has come to take her leadership forward in a formal capacity.”
Taking a different approach to previous seasons where captaincy has been determined predominantly by a peer-nomination system, this year applicants faced a three-pronged approach. A set of selection criteria was developed for candidates to address and formally apply for the positions of Captain and Vice-captain. The process then progressed with peer-nomination input being sought and an interview of the candidates.
Netball SA Chief Executive Officer, Ben Scales says both Hallinan and Waddington are well-respected within the team and wider netball community and is delighted by their appointments. “Renae and Leigh are great ambassadors for both the organisation and the sport, and they set outstanding standards of professionalism and preparation, on and off the court.”
The team hit the court this Saturday at Netball SA Stadium for match play in an invitational tournament which is open to Adelaide Thunderbirds members and the public from 10.30am.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds kick off the 2015 ANZ Championship against the Waikato BOP Magic at home at Netball SA Stadium on Saturday, 28 February 2015.
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