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

As Surrey Storms manager of netball, Mikki Austin was declared Back in August 2018 and she immediately took on the task of playing for it and leading a franchise.
The player that was mid-court entered her very first director of netball function at Surrey Storm with pedigree. She was part of this title winning squad at 2016 and 2015 and has been a three-time winner of the lovers Player of the Season award.
Also the 26-year-old admits the last season wasnt straightforward although running a teenaged academy heart beat along with a coaching role at Putney High School placed foundations for stepping up.
Last year for all kinds of different motives was really tough, Austin told Sky Sports.
Ill be quite honest. Everyone says this is the dream job and dont get me wrong, it is – that I am so blessed and so blessed for to say that I have this opportunity to do exactly what I do – but there is not anything that can prepare one for this job besides simply doing it and trial and error.
Now Ive got a year under my belt, I feel a lot more prepared for what is to come to your rollercoaster that is Superleague. But I am 26 and I have worked really difficult for the majority of my career to place myself in a position where I am an athlete. I still have this mindset.
First and foremost I am a netballer. Im thats what I want to do and a participant. I am quite fortunate that I am encouraged by an organisation – a franchise at the University of Surrey that back me doing both roles.
After getting six victories from their 18 league 16, surrey Storm ended last year and Austin admits that the period was a struggle.
To be really honest I came to this project last year quite late. Probably a lot later than anyone needed to develop to a job like this, and that means if this makes sense you are fighting flames and seeking to get things and setting them up. This was a period that is stressful.
I always knew this time around was going to be entirely different obviously because I had much more time.
I think as last season was so stressful, once that Grand Final was done, it had beenRight, all things go in preparation for next year and lets get as much done as physically possible in May, June and July when it comes to pre-season time in September, all we need to focus on is your playing component. I think that was super smart
Austins focus and ancient preparations mean she has her squad. It is some developments in places that are key and a squad thats made up of 70 percent of returnees.
Austin believes the new developments willpay actual dividends and additionally comprise Northern Ireland international Niamh Cooper and Leah Middleton from Queensland Firebirds.
Yasmin Hodge-England, the franchises appearance maker, Yaz Parsons and Katy Hughes have also returned.
Austin will be ongoing to announce the rest of the 15-player squad of Storm .
Will be our first chance to observe some of them.
I love this job and that I totally understand just how much of an opportunity I have which is really rare, Austin added. I definitely do not take that 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 beyond that which we want to attain in Vitality Netball Superleague at 2020, so I will do whatever I could for us as a playing team to accomplish that.
Sky Sports is the house of netball and it yields to your displays soon, while the Roses returning to activity that is televised under Jess Thirlby when they see South Africa in November, starting with the Fast5 All-Stars Championships on Saturday, October 12.

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