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SHARING SKILLS: Former Australian netballer Liz Ellis soon will hold coaching clinics in the region.
SHARING SKILLS: Former Australian netballer Liz Ellis soon will hold coaching clinics in the region. Trevor Vealethe Coffs Coast Advocate

NETBALL legend Liz Ellis cannot wait to boost the talent of the region's promising young guns.

Former Australian skipper and Sydney Swifts star Ellis is hosting three coaching sessions for keen young players in Casino, Ballina and Lismore.

Ellis, an experienced coach who moved to the Far North Coast area last year, is eager to get started.

"It is rewarding," she said. "I love getting out and working with the kids.When you are playing, you are selfish. It's about your own performance.

"The satisfaction for me comes in different ways now. I love looking at the girls and seeing how they have enjoyed it."

The 40-year-old is one of the most respected names in netball. Her string of accolades includes playing 122 times for her country, winning three World Championships, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and several other top honours.

In 2009 she became a Member of the Order of Australia and later became a successful media personality and broadcaster.

Ellis, who now lives on a farm close to Booyong with former rugby player husband Matthew Stocks and 16-month-old daughter Evelyn, said she did not miss playing.

"My body was giving up on me," she laughed.

"I play basketball in Ballina once a week and my body aches for six days afterwards.

"I love the pace of life here and the fact you have time to chat to people."

In retirement Ellis set up coaching clinics and already has helped develop promising players across the state.

Although she hosted an initial one-day clinic in Lismore last year, this will be her first clinics in all three major centres in the area.

Children aged 7-13 are invited to the clinics. They are on in Casino on March 14, Ballina a day later, and in Lismore on March 22.

The sessions will cover footwork, positional play, passing and other drills.

Ellis said she was looking forward to teaching the children new skills and providing some entertainment as well.

"The coaches have already taught them some great stuff," she said "Maybe this will help the kids to think about the skills they have been taught.

"If the kids walk away saying they have had a lot of fun, that is the most important thing."

Each session runs from 4.30-7.30pm. Places must be booked beforehand.

For more information, call 0421 323 901 or email kath@lizellis.com.au.



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