Meet the Interns: Dumisane Chauke, Netball, South Africa

Meet the Interns

Name: Dumisane Chauke         

“The WCIP means that the CGF takes women coaches seriously and has decided to play an influential and critical role in the empowerment and uplifting of women coaches.”

Sport: Netball

Mentor Coach: Norma Plummer

Country: South Africa

Games Responsibilities: Dumisane will be involved with all team training, meetings, video analysis, and team selection, and will work on the floor with the players. She will sit behind the bench during matches and will listen to the coaches’ talk during breaks.

Current Occupation: Spar Protea assistant coach; national U21 assistant coach; head coach Limpopo Baobabs

Athletic Background: Always an active child, Dumisane played basketball and soccer before getting involved in netball around the age of 10. At first, she did not like the game, but changed her mind when she realised how good she was. She retired from international netball in 2014 to focus on her coaching at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, where she was a player-coach before being made head coach.

Coaching: During her playing days, Dumisane thought carefully about her future. “Coaching came naturally as I enjoyed assisting other players and guiding those younger than me … it is a way of giving back to the sport.” Guidance was always available from her coaches, whether at the high school, tertiary, provincial, or national levels. Her ambition is to coach the senior South African team at the African championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the world championships. One issue is the failure of her male counterparts to take women coaches as seriously as they do their male counterparts. Another is that remuneration of women coaches falls far below that of male coaches.


Studied sport at NMMU

National diploma – Sport Management

NSA Level 2 Accreditation

Importance of the WCIP: “The WCIP means that the CGF takes women coaches seriously and has decided to play an influential and critical role in the empowerment and uplifting of women coaches. I expect to be exposed to different styles of coaching and the latest trends. I will absorb all the knowledge I possibly can to improve netball in South Africa and will share my experience with fellow coaches and players.

“As a young coach, it is very important to have people experienced in netball to mentor and guide me; their wisdom and experiences is invaluable. Meeting new coaches and developing networks and working relationships is of vital importance in enabling coaches to stay in touch and facilitate easy communication and sharing of information. This is the realisation of a childhood dream. It indicates the endless possibilities that exist within sport and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … “

After Gold Coast: Dumisane plans to stay involved in coaching and help empower other coaches in her immediate environment. She is responsible for eight coaches at the NMMU and intends to share her experience and help them improve their coaching. After the Commonwealth Games, she will continue as assistant coach of the Spar Proteas and will attend all courses and conferences relevant to her coaching role.

Commonwealth Connections: “The Modern Commonwealth represents opportunity and endless possibilities, the realisation of dreams, and the overcoming of challenges. The Commonwealth Sport Movement seeks to not only give opportunities, but to empower beyond the field of play."


Meet the Mentors

Name: Norma Plummer

“The Australian netball structure is the world’s best with great pathways for players, coaches, and umpires so opportunities are better than ever.”

Sport: Netball

Country: South Africa

Current Occupation: Coach of the Proteas and an international mentor coach

Athletic History: Norma is a former captain for Australia, winning the World Cup in 1975. Her career included a four-Test stint as national captain in 1978. She won two World Youth Cups and two World Cups with the Australian Diamonds. She was also playing coach of the Melbourne Netball Club and Victorian state team, retiring as a player in 1982.

Coaching History: Norma was coach of the Australian national netball team from 2004 to 2011, compiling 67 victories from 89 Tests, a 75 per cent success rate, and leading the team to two World Cup titles. She coached Victoria’s state team to several national championship victories and was the founding coaching of the Melbourne Phoenix. As coach of the national youth team, she won two world titles. She retired from coaching the Australian team after winning the 2011 World Cup and took up roles with Netball Wales and England Netball. In 2015, she became the head coach of South Africa’s national team, the Proteas, on a fly-in and fly-out basis. Norma is a Member of the Order of Australia and was inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Importance of the WCIP: “Dumisane is an aspiring young South African coach who in the future can be the senior Protea coach. It is my role to support and assist new coaches about the varied issues in coaching and help avoid the pitfalls and suggest solutions to coaching all age groups.”

Regarding coaching as a viable career for women, Norma says: “It’s taken a long time for women to be recognized in coaching, but the issue is much, much better now in netball although there is room to improve … Women’s sport has never been a priority for governments and still isn’t in a lot of countries … Netball South Africa needs financial assistance, sponsorships to support female sport, and resources to help build pathways for coaches and players.”

Commonwealth Connections: “The Commonwealth Games is one of netball’s highest competitions on a par with our World Cups. The Commonwealth Sport Movement is fantastic for our sport and unites the Commonwealth countries. This will be my third Commonwealth Games; it is always a privilege to attend such a great competition and I am proud to assist South Africa, which has exploded onto the netball arena … sharing my knowledge has been extremely rewarding.”