Let's Kōrero Women's Basketball

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

This is an open invitation extended to all those wishing to get involved with women's basketball and hear from some of the leaders of sport in Aotearoa and across the world:

Pulman Arena Function Room, Pulman Park, 90 Walters Rd, Takanini, Auckland

Tuesday 1 December, 3:00pm – 7:00pm

ABSL is taking the opportunity of the Sal’s NBL 18in18 to host a Women and Girls Basketball Development Forum. The purpose is to learn from people and organisations involved in women’s sport development to inform women and girls basketball development in Auckland, and in New Zealand in general.

The guest speakers will bring perspectives on participation approaches to girls and women’s sport in general, specific examples from sports that have had success in developing female participation and performance, and an understating of the wider women in sport movement.

The guest speakers will be followed by interactive workshops considering topics including - participation development, performance and pathways, coaching and sport leadership.

Attendance will be by open invitation to all those involved in basketball with an interest in growing the women and girls game.


3:00 Arrival and sign-in

3:15 Introduction

3:20Guest speakers

5:30 Workshops

7:00 Finish with option to attend Sal’s NBL 18in18 game at 7.30


Denise Aitkin

Board Member, ABSL and Senior Lecturer, AUT.

Denise is a current board member of ABSL, Basketball Auckland and Aktive Sport and Recreation, as well as Chari of Drowning Prevention Auckland. Denise is a senior lecturer and academic development advisor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University lecturing on both the North and South Auckland campus, and undertakes research in the fields of Health & Physical Education, pedagogy, play and children’s voice. As a previous senior advisor with the Ministry of Education, Denise worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand (formerly SPARC) and was responsible for implementing the Physical Activity Initiative (2005-2007).


Simone Spencer

Portfolio Manager: Women & Girls, Goods Sports® & Coach Development, Aktive Sport and Recreation

Simone is the first women to lead in the Coach Development space across New Zealand bringing a wealth of skills and expertise to the position, including significant Good Sports® and Coach Development experience during her three years with Aktive. Prior to this, Simone was Sport Manager, Surf Life Saving Northern Region for six years.

Rachel Froggartt

CEO, Women In Sport Aotearoa, Secretary General, International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022

Rachel brings considerable global experience to the task of developing Women in Sport Aotearoa into the leading research and advocacy body for gender equity in sport nationally, and supporting opportunities for women and girls to be visible, valued and influential across all facets of New Zealand sport. A senior commercial communications strategist, over the past 18 years Rachel has worked around the world, collaborating with numerous international sporting bodies, including IOC, IPC, FIFA, FIA and World Rugby, as well as working extensively with many high-profile global brands and rights holders across Formula 1 (i.e. Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault F1 teams), football (i.e. FC Bayern, FC Barcelona), plus cricket, rugby and Paralympic sport.

Nicole Dunn

Head of Female Engagement & ICC Women’s World Cup, NZ Cricket

Nicole’s sporting background has been with basketball – playing junior representative and WNBL back in the day. Currently focused on developing women’s cricket at New Zealand Cricket, Nicole has considerable experience in international sports events, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2017 World Masters Games and the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Nicola Demaine

Sports Director, James Cook High School

Nicola Demaine has had a wealth of experience in the coaching field. Not only has she worked with the Auckland Football Federation as the National Women’s League Team Assistant Coach, she has also worked with international youth teams, including leading Papua New Guinea at the Youth Olympic Games and was Head Coach of the Samoa Women’s National Team for the OFC Nations Cup and the 2019 Pacific Games.

Jennie Wylie

CEO, Netball New Zealand

Jennie has been with Netball New Zealand for 10 years, starting in the finance and services area, and in 2016 was appointed to the CEO role. Jennie has a strong commercial and financial career background, and comes to sport with a deep passion for the massive impact involvement in sport can have on individuals and communities, regardless of the level and role that they participate in.

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