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Dedicated coach helps players achieve net gain

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Adam Cooper

Norma Plummer AM

Coach Norma Plummer.

Coach Norma Plummer. Photo: John Kirk-Anderson

NORMA Plummer has been on top of the netball world as a player and coach, but there's good reason why she walked away from leading the Australian side after its 2011 world championships triumph.

Sensing her position was becoming more managerial than a hands-on coaching role, Plummer left the Diamonds for the club game, to lead the struggling West Coast Fever.

Since shifting to Perth, she has experienced more of what provides her with the biggest thrill of coaching - helping players become elite athletes and fulfilling their potential by representing their country.

''I get a lot more enjoyment out of that than winning, probably because I know that the player has taken on everything that you've been working on. That's the passion that I love, that I can make a difference that way and show them the way and what's required to make it,'' she said.

Plummer has done it all in a coaching career spanning six decades, from leading Melbourne sides as a playing coach in the amateur era while juggling a job and family life, to becoming a professional coach in 1999 with the Australian Institute of Sport.

Recognised this Australia Day for her significant service to netball, she has no plans to stop her involvement in a sport she has been ''besotted'' with since first playing in primary school. ''I'll probably be 110. While I'm capable, still making decisions and coming up with new ideas, I'll keep going. It's not a job to do me, I just love it,'' she said.

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