As Surrey Storms manager of netball, Mikki Austin was declared Back in August 2018 and she took on the substantial task of playing in the same time for it and directing a franchise.
The player entered her first director of function at Surrey Storm with pedigree that was significant. She was a part of the title winning group at 2016 and 2015 and has been an winner of their lovers Player of the Season award.
Running a training role along with a Storm academy heart beat in Putney High School placed foundations for stepping up but also the 26-year-old admits that last season wasnt straightforward.
Last year for all sorts of different reasons was really tough, Austin told Sky Sports.
Ill be very honest. Everybody says this is your dream job and dont get me wrong, it is – that I am so blessed and so blessed to get to say that I have this chance to do what I do – however there is not anything that can prepare one for this task apart from simply doing this along with trial and error.
Now Ive got a year under my beltI feel a lot more prepared for what is to come to your rollercoaster that is Superleague. But I am 26 and I have worked hard for the majority of my career to put myself where I am an athlete. I still have this mindset.
First and foremost I am a netballer. I am thats what I wish to do and a participant. I am very blessed that I am supported by an organisation – a franchise in the University of Surrey that back me doing both roles.
After earning six victories surrey Storm finished last season and Austin admits that the period was a struggle.
To be very honest I came to this project last year extremely late. A lot later than anyone needed to develop into a job like this, so if this is logical, youre fighting flames consistently and trying to get things and placing up them. This was a period that is stressful.
I always knew this time was going to be entirely different clearly because I had more hours.
I think because last year was so stressful, the moment this Grand Final has been done, it had beenRight, everything go in preparation for next year and lets get as much done as physically possible in May, June and July so when it has to do with devoting time in September, all we need to concentrate on is your playing role. I think this was super smart.
The attention and early trainings of austin mean she has her squad. It is a squad thats composed of 70 per cent of returnees and some new developments in places.
Austin considers the new developments willpay actual dividends and they include Northern Ireland international Niamh Cooper and Leah Middleton from Queensland Firebirds.
Yasmin Hodge-England, the franchises on site leading appearance maker, Katy Hughes and Yaz Parsons have returned.
Austin will be ongoing to announce the rest of the 15-player squad of Storm within the coming weeks.
The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship, that will be live on Sky Sports on October 12, will be our first opportunity to observe a number of them.
I love this job and I totally understand just how much of an opportunity I have which is truly rare, Austin added. I certainly dont take this for granted no matter how stressful it may seem.
I have always wanted this chance and Ill take each day as it comes. We have aims and aspirations for Fast5 and beyond that which we would like to achieve in Vitality Netball Superleague in 2020, so I will do everything I could for us because a playing team to attain that.
Sky Sports is your home of netball and it yields to your screens soon, starting with the British Fast5 All-Stars Championships on Saturday while the Roses returning to actions that is televised under Jess Thirlby when they see South Africa in November.