The 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is “Invest in women: Accelerate progress”, where we must all unite to transform challenges into opportunities and shape a better future for all.

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Assistant Coach Jenny Brazel joined the Club ahead of the 2023 season and brought with her an impressive coaching resume that spams more than 20 years.

Jenny (AKA Jeno) has been recognised as Netball Queensland Coach of the Year four times (2018, 2010, 2006 and 2004) and is known for her ability to forge strong, genuine connections with her players. She highly values trust and respect within the team, and creating an environment that is motivating, challenging and caring.

Jenny started her elite coaching career on the Sunshine Coast and while she spent some time coaching in Brisbane and even Fiji as the Head Coach of the national team, she’s always felt a strong connection to the region.

What made you begin a career in women’s sports? And what has kept you in it?

“My love of the game of netball and team sport. It’s incredible that I can do this 24/7 as my paid job.

“The people have kept me in it, including other coaches and of course the athletes. It’s all the connections I’ve made and continue to make that keep me in the sport… I just love it!”

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? And can you speak to how important it is for sporting organisations (in particular) to honour these days?

“It’s a day to celebrate the achievements of women but also a day to shine the spotlight on the inequity that women face in society and around the world.

“The day provides the opportunity for everyone to unite, raise awareness and be that inspiration for others.”

Do you have a message for young women thinking about a career in sport?

“Sport really does have the power to change lives. I feel many successful sporting organisations increasingly understand the value women bring, and have started to emphasise the importance of diversity and inclusion.

“I feel there are huge opportunities in sport for talented, strong and savvy women to make a real impact and empower.”

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