As the manager of netball of Surrey Storm, Mikki Austin was announced Back in August 2018 and she immediately took on the substantial task of enjoying at the moment for it and directing a franchise.
The mid-court player entered her very first director of role at Surrey Storm with important pedigree. She was part of the title winning group at 2015 and 2016 and has been an winner of their lovers Player of the Season award.
Running a Storm academy hub along with a training role placed foundations for Growing upward however, also the 26-year-old admits the last season wasnt easy.
Last year for all sorts of different reasons was really hard, Austin told Sky Sports.
Ill be quite honest. Everyone says this is the dream job and do not get me wrong, it is – I am so blessed and so blessed for to say I have this chance to do exactly what I do – however, theres nothing that could prepare you for this job apart from just doing it along with trial and error.
Now that Ive got a year under my belt, I feel a lot more prepared for what is to come to your rollercoaster which is Superleague. But Im 26 and Ive worked really difficult for the majority of my career where I am an athlete 29, to put myself in a position. I still have this mindset.
First and foremost I am a netballer. Im thats what I wish to do and a participant. I am very lucky that I am supported by an organisation a franchise in the University of Surrey that back me doing both roles.
Surrey Storm ended last season after earning six victories and Austin admits that the entire period was a challenge.
To be really honest I came to this project last year extremely late. Probably a lot needed to come to a job in this way, which means if this makes sense, youre fighting fires and trying to get things going and setting up them. This was a period that is stressful.
I always understood this time was likely to be totally different clearly because I had much more hours.
I believe because last season was stressful, when that Grand Final was done, it wasRight, all things go in prep for next year and let us get as much done as physically possible in May, June and July when it has to do with devoting period in September, we all need to focus on is the playing role. I think this was super smart.
Trainings and austins attention mean she now has her squad down locked. It is some developments in key locations and then a squad thats made up of 70 per cent of returnees.
Austin considers the new developments willpay actual dividends and additionally include Northern Ireland international Niamh Cooper and Leah Middleton from Queensland Firebirds.
Yasmin Hodge-England, the franchises all-time top appearance manufacturer, Katy Hughes and Yaz Parsons have also returned.
Austin will continue to announce the remainder of Storms 15-player squad within the coming months.
Will be our first chance to see a number of them.
I love this job and I totally understand just how much of a chance I have which is really rare, Austin added. I definitely dont take that for granted regardless of how stressful it might appear.
Ive always wanted this chance and I will take each day as it comes. We have aims and ambitions for Fast5 and outside what we would like to attain in Vitality Netball Superleague in 2020, so Ill do what I could for us as a playing group to attain that.
Sky Sports is your home of netball and it yields to your screens shortly, starting with the British Championships on Saturday, October 12, while the Roses returning into actions that is televised under Jess Thirlby whenever they see South Africa in November.