Surrey Storm director Mikki Austin discusses challenges of leading franchise and playing at same time

In August 2018, Mikki Austin was announced as Surrey Storms manager of netball and she immediately took on the significant task of directing a franchise and playing for it at exactly the identical moment.
The mid-court player entered her very first manager of function with pedigree that was significant in Surrey Storm. She was a part of this back title winning group at 2016 and 2015 and was a three-time winner of the fans Player of the trophy.
Running a teenaged academy hub along with a coaching role placed foundations for Growing upward but the 26-year-old admits the last year was not straightforward.
Last year for all kinds of different reasons was really tough, Austin told Sky Sports.
I will be very honest. Everyone says this is your dream job and dont get me wrong, it is – that I am so blessed and so blessed for to mention I have this opportunity to do what I do – but theres nothing that can prepare you for this task other than just doing it along with trial and error.
Now Ive got a year under my belt, I feel far more ready for whats to come for the rollercoaster that is Superleague. But Im 26 and Ive worked hard for the majority of my career where Im an athlete 29, to place myself. I still have this mindset.
First and foremost I am a netballer. Im a player and thats what I want to do. I am quite lucky that Im supported by an organisation – a franchise in the University of Surrey that back me doing both roles.
After earning six victories from their 18 league 16, surrey Storm ended last season and Austin admits that the period was a challenge.
To be very honest I came into this job last year really late. Likely a lot needed to develop to a job in this way, and that means youre fighting flames and seeking to get things going and setting them up if this makes sense. This was a period that is stressful.
I always understood this time was likely to be completely different obviously because I had more hours.
I believe as last season was so stressful, when this Grand Final was completed, 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 so when it comes to devoting period in September, all we need to focus on is your playing part. I believe this was super smart.
Austins attention and trainings mean she now has her group locked down. Its some developments in areas that are key and a squad thats composed of 70 per cent of returnees.
Austin considers the new developments willpay actual dividends and they include Northern Ireland global Niamh Cooper and Leah Middleton from Queensland Firebirds.
Yasmin Hodge-England, the franchises appearance maker, Yaz Parsons and Katy Hughes have returned.
Austin will continue to announce the remainder of Storms 15-player group over the coming months.
The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship, that is live on Sky Sports on October 12, will be our first chance to see some of them in actions.
I really like this job and I completely understand how much of a chance I have that is actually rare, Austin added. I definitely do not take that for granted regardless of how stressful it may seem.
Ive always wanted this opportunity and I will take every day as it comes. We have aims and ambitions for Fast5 and past that which we want to accomplish in Vitality Netball Superleague in 2020, so Ill do everything I can for us as a playing team to attain that.
Sky Sports is the house of netball and it yields to your displays shortly, beginning with all the Fast5 All-Stars Championships on Saturday although the Roses returning into action that is televised under Jess Thirlby whenever they see South Africa in November.

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