AWARD WINNER: Lightning coach Noeline Taurua.
AWARD WINNER: Lightning coach Noeline Taurua. Patrick Woods

Taurua nets coveted state coaching award

NETBALL: She has played for and coached the New Zealand netball team, but Noeline Taurua's welcome to Queensland has been enhanced by her award as the state's sports coach of the year.

Taurua, the coach of the dual netball champions Sunshine Coast Lightning, is the second winner in four years from her sport to receive the award, joining Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke (2015).

The Kiwi has been a serial winner in her coaching career, guiding New Zealand club the Magic to a title before proving a player magnet when she took up the Sunshine Coast job.

Taurua had a busy year, taking on the New Zealand coaching role for matches later in the year when their side had a change of coach in response to their missing a medal at the Commonwealth Games in April.

The other nominees for the coaching award, presented on Wednesday night, were 2017 winner David Nilsson (baseball), Wade Seccombe (cricket), Mel Andreatta (football), Dean Boxall (swimming) and Claudia Brassard (basketball).



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