Kangaroo Island's Mia Helyar is enjoying training with world champion netballer Sarah Sutter at Westminster School in Adelaide.
Westminster School recently appointed champion netballer and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sarah Sutter, as the "Face of Netball" at Westminster School.
Mia is currently in Year 12, having transferred from Kangaroo Island Community Education to Westminster in Year 10.
She said she had enjoyed training with Sutter and has already learned lots about the sport she loves.
"The things I enjoy most about netball is the competitive nature of the game, and the opportunity to work as a team," Mia said. "I also love the social side to playing netball, and building friendships with people that extend beyond the netball court
"It's fantastic to have someone with Sarah's expertise join our netball coaching team.
"Along with our amazing head coach, Marg Angove, Sarah brings a unique set of experiences and knowledge that will help all of our netballers to improve.
"As a defender, I'm looking forward to picking up on any tips that Sarah can give me to develop my skills."
Mia said she would love to play netball for as long as she can and continue to play at a competitive level.
Regarding her life after high school, she has a plan in place.
"I'm still keeping my options open, but I'm hoping to study medicine when I graduate from Westminster," she said.
Sutter brings an impressive list of achievements to the court. Beginning her netball career at age eight, she has been able to achieve everything that a netballer could hope for, including winning gold at both the Commonwealth Games in 1997 and the World Championships in 1995.
"We are delighted to welcome such a celebrated sportswoman to Westminster School," said Westminster School principal Simon Shepherd.
"Our holistic approach to education supports various high-performance pathways, including a broad sporting curriculum that sees us fielding 125 sporting teams each year.
"Having someone like Sarah in our netball program will provide further support for our budding netballers to hone their athletic skills and grow into talented young athletes."
Westminster School's Netball Program includes an Academy program that is conducted eight weeks ahead of the winter season, allowing 20 hand-selected players to receive close coaching and high-quality guidance across various aspects of the game.
As well as having a successful career as a professional athlete, Sutter has a passion for outdoor education and is the CEO of Nature Play SA. Westminster's extensive outdoor and physical education programs are what attracted her to the School.
"I am thrilled to be working with the School to further develop the already highly successful netball program, and support each individual student's sporting abilities, helping them achieve their personal goals," says Sarah.
"I'm particularly looking forward to working with the junior players in the preparatory school to help them carve out their netball journey at the school and beyond."
In her role, Sarah will work closely with the School's resident coach, the legendary Marg Angove, to provide support and ensure that students are given close attention.
A veteran of elite netball herself, Marg is a previous State League and Thunderbirds coach and has been the Senior School coach at Westminster for four years.
About Sarah Sutter
As well as being the CEO of Nature Play SA and the Face of Netball at Westminster School, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Education with a major in Physical Education.
She has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games and won a Gold Medal, is a World Champion and has played in 14 consecutive Grand Finals.
Her achievements include:
- Gold Medal Winner at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Australian Netball Team
- Gold Medal Winner at the 1995 World Championships, Australian Netball Team
- Vice-Captain of the 1997 - 2001 Thunderbirds Netball Team
- Premiership winner in 1998 & 1999 (Thunderbirds)