As Surrey Storms director of netball, Mikki Austin was announced Back in August 2018 and she immediately took on the substantial task of directing a franchise and enjoying for it at the moment.
The participant that was mid-court entered her first manager of character in Surrey Storm. She was part of this back-to-back title winning squad at 2016 and 2015 and was an winner of the fans Player of the Season award.
Running a coaching role along with a Storm academy heart beat in Putney High School placed strong foundations for stepping up however, the 26-year-old admits the year was not straightforward.
Last year for all kinds of different reasons was really hard, Austin told Sky Sports.
I will be really honest. Everybody says that is your dream job and do not get me wrong, it is – that I am so lucky and so blessed for to mention that I have this opportunity to do exactly what I do – however, theres not anything that could prepare you for this task apart from simply doing it and trial and error.
Now Ive got a year under my belt, I feel far more prepared for what is to come for the rollercoaster which is Superleague. But Im 26 and I have worked really hard for the vast majority of my career to put myself where I am an athlete first. I still have this mindset.
First and foremost I am a netballer. I am a participant and thats exactly what I wish to do. I am really 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 ended last year and Austin admits that the interval was a struggle.
To be quite honest I came to this project last year quite late. A lot required to develop to a job like this, and that means if this is reasonable, you are fighting flames consistently and trying to get things going and setting them up. This was a period.
I always understood this time was going to be completely different obviously because I had much more time.
I think as last year was stressful, after that Grand Final was completed, 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 regards pre-season period in September, all we need to concentrate on is your playing component. I believe that was super smart
Early trainings and austins attention mean she has her squad down locked. Its a squad thats made up of 70 per cent of returnees and some new developments in key places.
Austin considers the new additions willpay real dividends and they comprise Northern Ireland international Niamh Cooper and Leah Middleton from Queensland Firebirds.
The franchise s all-time leading appearance manufacturer, yasmin Hodge-England, Yaz Parsons and Katy Hughes have returned.
Austin will continue to announce the rest of Storms 15-player squad over the coming months.
The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship, which will be live on Sky Sports on October 12, will be our first chance to see some of them in activity.
I really like this job and that I totally understand how much of an opportunity I have which is really uncommon, Austin added. I definitely dont take this for granted no matter how stressful it might appear.
Ive always wanted this chance and Ill take every day as it comes. We have goals and ambitions for Fast5 and outside what we want to achieve in Vitality Netball Superleague in 2020, so I will do whatever I could for us because a playing group to attain that.
Sky Sports is your house of netball and it returns to your displays while the Roses returning to activity that is televised under Jess Thirlby when they tour South Africa in November, beginning with the British Championships on Saturday, October 12.