Vicki Wilson

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Vicki Wilson
Personal information
Born (1965-02-11) 11 February 1965 (age 53)
Brisbane, Australia
University Queensland University of Technology
Netball career
Playing position(s): GS/GA/GK
YearsClub team(s)Apps
1997–99 Queensland Firebirds
YearsNational team(s)Caps
1985–99 Australian national team 104
Coaching career
2006–09 Queensland Firebirds
2016–present Fiji
Last updated: 2009-09-19

Vicki Wilson, OAM, (born 11 February 1965 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian netball coach and retired international player. She is the current head coach of the Netball Fiji side. [1]

Order of Australia series of Australian national honours

The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honours.

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the historic European settlement and is situated inside a peninsula of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs)—most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".

Queensland North-east state of Australia

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Netball career

Wilson was a part of the Australian national netball team for fifteen years, making her debut in 1985. Wilson became captain of the Australian netball team in 1996, while on the comeback trail from a knee injury sustained at the 1995 Netball World Championships. In 1998 she led the Australian team to the first ever netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and in 1999 she retired on a winning note, after leading Australia to a one-point win in the World Championship final. [2] [3]

Australia national netball team

The Australia national netball team, commonly known as the Australian Netball Diamonds and Samsung Diamonds for sponsorship reasons, represent Australia in international netball tests and competitions. The team was formed in 1938 and played that year in the first international game of netball against New Zealand.

Commonwealth Games multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations

The Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974. It is the world's first multi-sport event which inducted equal number of women’s and men’s medal events and was implemented recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Wilson was called up to coach the Queensland Firebirds in 2006, after consistent lacklustre performances in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy. She continued with the franchise in the ANZ Championship, but was stood down from the position by Netball Queensland after the 2009 season. [4]

Queensland Firebirds

The Queensland Firebirds are an Australian netball team based in Brisbane which compete in the Suncorp Super Netball league. The team previously competed in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. The Firebirds were formed as one of the foundation teams of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT), previously the premier netball league in Australia, which was contested from 1997–2007. After the retirement of the CBT and ANZ Championship, the Firebirds were one of five Australian franchises to transfer to the Super Netball league.

Commonwealth Bank Trophy defunct Australian netball competition

The Commonwealth Bank Trophy was the pre-eminent national netball competition in Australia from 1997 to 2007.

ANZ Championship netball league in Australasia

The ANZ Championship was the premier netball league in Australia and New Zealand. The competition was held annually between April and July, comprising 69 matches played over 17 weeks. It was contested by ten teams, five from Australia and five from New Zealand. The competition was administered by Trans Tasman Netball League, which was formed as a joint venture by the netball governing bodies of both countries. ANZ Bank was naming sponsors of the competition since its inaugural season.

In May 2013, Wilson was named as the new assistant coach for the New Zealand Silver Ferns until the end of 2015.

In June 2016, she signed to coach the Netball Fiji side for three years. [1]


Wilson received the Order of Australia medal in 1992. [2] In 2001, she was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'. [5] She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2004, [3] and the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in November 2008. [6]

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is a sports training institution in Australia. The Institute's headquarters were opened in 1981 and are situated in Canberra. The 66-hectare site campus is in the northern suburb of Bruce. The AIS is a division of the Australian Sports Commission.

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  1. 1 2 "Vicki Wilson appointed as new Fiji Pearls coach". Newswire. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  2. 1 2 Australian Workers Heritage Centre profile. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  3. 1 2 Australian Women Biographical Entry: Vicki Wilson. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  4. Morton, Jim (2009-08-07). "Netball legend Wilson axed by Firebirds". Brisbane Times . Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  5. Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best' Archived 17 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine . </
  6. AAP (2008-11-30). "Gerrard wins top Aussie netball gong". Retrieved 2009-03-28.