UK Sport's Nicholl to stand for International Netball Federation presidency
Liz Nicholl, the outgoing chief executive of UK Sport, the national sports funding and administration body, will stand for the presidency of the International Netball Federation.
Nicholl has been nominated by England Netball, the domestic governing body, for which she served as chief executive for 16 years before joining UK Sport in 1999, taking the chief executive role in 2010.
She is presently the sole candidate to succeed Molly Rhone, the Jamaican executive who has been in the post since 2003 but is not seeking re-election.
The INF congress will elect a new president on 10 July, two days before the start of the World Cup in Liverpool, England.
UK Sport announced last November that Nicholl would be stepping down in the summer of 2019 after nearly 20 years with the organisation, a period spanning 10 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Nicholl said: “As I step down from my role with UK Sport this summer, I feel drawn back to the sport that helped me become who I am today. I feel a responsibility to ‘give back’ to give others the opportunity to develop as I did through netball and I know that I now have a broader experience and perspective to share.
“I have huge respect for the progress of INF under Molly Rhone’s leadership. If I were to be elected as INF president in July, I would want to build on Molly’s tremendous legacy to take the sport to its next level in terms of its leadership, impact and relevance to a wider audience while increasing its resources and partnerships to drive its growth and potential.
“During the next two months I will be contacting and listening to a cross section of representatives from the sport to better understand what they need from their president and their international federation. The INF’s current strategy runs to 2020 and so there is a perfect opportunity to work together to build on the tremendous success of the sport to date.”
The INF is headquartered in Manchester, England and run on a daily basis by chief executive Clare Briegal.