Ian Harkness- Executive Officer

Ian is responsible for leading the strategic direction and operational management of Netball NT, focusing on the development of netball in the Territory in accordance with its Constitution and Strategic Plan.  As well as provide support to Member Associations in all areas of netball development, including athlete, coach and officials pathways, implementation of best governance principles, grass roots development, volunteer recruitment and sustainability.

Ian has had an extensive sports management career spanning 30 years with roles in various organisations with his most recent position being that of five (5) years as Executive Officer at Hockey NT.

Between 2000 and 2006 Ian occupied the roles as General Manager at Netball NSW.

Ian lived in Darwin until 1974 returning two (2) years later before following his career path with a move to WA in 1986, to Sydney in 1993 before returning ‘home’ in 2009.

His experiences across Rugby League, Touch Football, Netball, Swimming and Hockey provide a strong platform to assist Netball NT in its next growth phase.


Contact Details for Ian:       Mobile: 0499 779 487      Email: manager@netballnt.org.au


Stacey Carkeek – Community Development Manager

• Manage the implementation of Suncorp NetSetGO programs in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Gove areas.
• Manage and deliver Suncorp NetSetGO programs, clinics and come and try events.
• Manage centre and participant registrations on MyNetball.

• Manage and deliver Australia Post One Netball programs and events.
• Manage and deliver Inclusion (Indigenous, disability and CaLD) Suncorp NetSetGO programs and clinics.
• Coordination of the NT Australia Post One Netball Ambassador.
• Compile School Sports Voucher Proforma for remote schools.
• Deliver netball programs in remote schools.

• Manage and Deliver the Sporting Schools Program


Stacey comes with a solid background in office administration and account management which includes a Diploma of Event Management. Stacey has played club netball from a young age and has her Intermediate Coaching accreditation she currently plays and coaches for the local Darwin Netball Association team Nightcliff Tigers.

Contact Details for Stacey:       Mobile: 0429 617 059       Email: community@netballnt.org.au

Penny Shearer – Pathway Manager

Penny is responsible for managing our Coach and Athlete Pathways across the Northern Territory.

This includes;

• Managing and delivering NT representative team programs
• Managing and delivery of NT Academy programs
• Management and delivery of Coach Development opportunities including Coach Accreditation Courses across the NT
• Mentoring coaches across the NT across all age groups and all competitions
•Chairing the High Performance Committee

Penny holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and a Bachelor of Recreation Planning and Management. Penny has been coaching for the last 12 years including coaching positions across Club Junior and Senior’s, NT Championships, NT underage teams at Nationals and most recently the NT Storm at ANL.

A born and bred Territorian, Penny is passionate about Netball in the NT and delivering quality programs for all athletes and coaches.

Contact Details for Penny:          Mobile: 0475 825 864       Email: pathways@netballnt.org.au


Trudie Hopgood – Development Manager

• Develop an effective and inclusive Coach, Umpire and Bench Official Development Program for NT







Contact Details for Trudie:       Mobile: 0428 524 787     Email: development@netballnt.org.au


Chelsea Mifsud – Development Officer – Alice Springs

Chelsea is responsible for developing netball in the Central Australian region.

This includes:

• Managing the implementation of Suncorp NetSetGO programs in Alice Springs
• Managing and delivering Suncorp NetSetGO programs, clinics and come and try events in Alice Springs and Barkly areas
• Managing and delivering Inclusion (Indigenous, disability and CaLD) Suncorp NetSetGO programs and clinics
• Delivering netball programs in remote communities
• Delivering Sporting Schools programs
• Managing centre and participant registrations on MyNetball
• Working with stakeholders to encourage participation in sport for the Central Australian community

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Education) and has a background in Indigenous engagement. She has played, coached and umpired netball and Fast5 in NSW from the tender age of 7.

Contact Details for Chelsea:       Mobile: 0428 779 700    Email: alicesprings@netballnt.org.au