Victorian Institute of Sport


The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level and for selection in State and National teams.

The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level, both the ANZ Championship and the Australian National League (ANL), and to prepare athletes for selection in State and National teams.

In conjunction with the elite pathways, the program works in partnership with Netball Australia (NA) and Netball Victoria (NV), to deliver an underpinning program that provides world class coaching, training and support services to targeted nationally identified underage squad athletes to assist them to improve their competitive performance and reach their full potential on and off the court.

The VIS awards scholarships to twelve Melbourne Vixens athletes and a further twelve scholarships to athletes in the Netball Victoria pathway that have been nationally identified in the underage National Championships.

The Vixens high performance training program is based on preparing for and competing in the ANZ Championship, which consists of 13 home and away rounds plus a 3 week finals series. 

The demands of the competition require the athletes to perform maximal short, high intensity repeat efforts while maintaining their skill and concentration.  Strategies for recovery and regeneration are also important to enable the athletes to back up efforts within sessions and across the many training sessions each week.

The weekly training regime consists of skill training, fitness and strength training, sport science, strategic preparation, match analysis, sports medicine and ACE activities, with the athletes utilising the specialist facilities of the VIS gym for physical preparation, and various outdoor venues for skill based training.

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VIS Development Netball Coach & NV Pathways Manager

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The VIS & Netball Victoria have two exciting brand-new roles that may be combined to suit one candidate or remain separate to suit two.

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Vixens bow out of finals

Monday, 09 September 2019

The Melbourne Vixens’ 2019 season has come to an end after going down to the NSW Swifts in Suncorp Super Netball’s preliminary final in Sydney.

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Vixens stun Magpies

Monday, 02 September 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have proven to the netball world why they are still the best Victorian team in Suncorp Super Netball, defeating their cross-town rivals, the Collingwood Magpies, 62-49 in an absolute dominant performance.

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Vixens go down to Magpies, set up Derby for Finals

Monday, 26 August 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have suffered a shattering loss to the Magpies, paving the way for the ultimate battle in Suncorp Super Netball’s minor semi final next weekend.

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Lightning strike on Vixens

Monday, 19 August 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have suffered a heartbreaking loss at home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the final minutes of the game, going down 55-56.

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Vixens come unstuck to Swifts

Monday, 12 August 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have suffered a hard loss in Sydney, going down to the NSW Swifts 51-57; their second loss to the top side this year.

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Vixens survive the Fever

Monday, 05 August 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have battled against a competitive West Coast Fever side to edge one step closer to a top two finish.

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Vixens return to fight off the Birds

Monday, 29 July 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have fought hard against a determined Adelaide Thunderbirds team, defeating them 63-57 to regain their strong momentum from before the World Cup break.

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Netball World Cup Wrap Up

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Netball World Cup has come to an end, with the Aussie Diamonds going down to the New Zealand Silver Ferns in a heartbreaking gold medal match.

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Netball World Cup Updates

Monday, 15 July 2019

The Australian Diamonds, featuring VIS netballers Lizzy Watson, Jo Weston and Caitlin Thwaites have made themselves known as the netball World Cup kicked off in Liverpool, England.

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Head Coach

Simone McKinnis

Assistant Coach

Diane Honey

Development Coach

Leesa Gallard  


Training Venues

VIS Gymnasium

State Netball and Hockey Centre


Netball Australia

Netball Victoria

Other Netball athletes