When Ella Fitzgerald sang of potatoes and potahtoes, Kelly Ryan was listening.
In her view, obstacles should rather be seen as opportunities – a mindset which will be pivotal to her success as Netball Australia’s incoming CEO. A highly respected marketing executive and business leader, Ryan will face a multitude of challenges as she looks to drive netball forwards in a marketplace impacted by factors such as competition from emerging women’s codes, the boys’ club and Covid19 related financial issues.
Ryan said, “It’s an amazing time where there is a lot of focus on women in sport. Even just five or ten years ago, it wasn’t spoken about as much as it is now. The challenge will come as there are a lot of competing products that exist, but I’d like to think that netball is at the forefront, and will continue to be an attractive proposition for people to play or contribute in some way, shape or form.”