Parenting Rules Force Abby Bishop out of Worlds
This topic has sparked a bit of debate this week.
The other side of the argument
Netball Australia's take;
Insight into Team USA's handling of the parent situation;
Blog on downtown.net
BA seems to be implementing policies knowing their players situations in order to rule them ineligible. I find this strange. Perhaps they don't want to make any cuts and will wait until there are 10 players left on the team.
BA high-performance manager Chuck Harmison said:
"We are allowing her to bring the child to the training camps and the games. A number of teams wouldn't allow that.
"She can bring the child with her, if she funds the caregiver ... the Opals is the elite team. Caregivers come at a significant cost, and the athletes are provided with a salary and they also get Direct Athlete Support from the Australian government.
"Abby would have received that if she had made herself available for the Opals."
Comes across as though Chuck feels that women should be greatful for anything they recieve. He kind of sounds like a misogynist to me.
This quote from Chuck;
We're on a limited budget and if we start opening it up to covering cost of caregivers, we’ll run out of money pretty quickly and won’t win any medals."
Since 96 and without his involvment the Opals have won 2 bronze and a gold at the world champs and 2 Bronze and 3 silvers at the Olypmics. The men haven't won anything in this time.
It just seems strange that Kate Palmer of Netball Australia had some well thought out ideas on the topic. BA mentioned they sought out advice of NEtball Australia and the came back with a policy that rules out perhaps the one player that it will affect in the next decade.
Come someone please help me out with why Chuck has a job? Was he fired by the NBL, then ended up at BA?
Will BA make any decent hires in the near future?
Kristina Keneally - dud to the highest degree. Complete waste of space and money
Chuck - Not impressed in the slightest
Lemanis - good hire
Joyce - His hire appears to have been a bit of a bailout due to the Gold Coast Blaze issues although he seems like a nice guy.