Victorian Institute of Sport


The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level and for selection in State and National teams.

The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level, both the ANZ Championship and the Australian National League (ANL), and to prepare athletes for selection in State and National teams.

In conjunction with the elite pathways, the program works in partnership with Netball Australia (NA) and Netball Victoria (NV), to deliver an underpinning program that provides world class coaching, training and support services to targeted nationally identified underage squad athletes to assist them to improve their competitive performance and reach their full potential on and off the court.

The VIS awards scholarships to twelve Melbourne Vixens athletes and a further twelve scholarships to athletes in the Netball Victoria pathway that have been nationally identified in the underage National Championships.

The Vixens high performance training program is based on preparing for and competing in the ANZ Championship, which consists of 13 home and away rounds plus a 3 week finals series. 

The demands of the competition require the athletes to perform maximal short, high intensity repeat efforts while maintaining their skill and concentration.  Strategies for recovery and regeneration are also important to enable the athletes to back up efforts within sessions and across the many training sessions each week.

The weekly training regime consists of skill training, fitness and strength training, sport science, strategic preparation, match analysis, sports medicine and ACE activities, with the athletes utilising the specialist facilities of the VIS gym for physical preparation, and various outdoor venues for skill based training.

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Vixens win season opener in a thriller

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have claimed the first win of the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, defeating cross-town rivals Magpies Netball 59-58 in a thrilling contest!

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VIS' rising stars on show for Victoria

Monday, 23 April 2018

VIS’ future netball stars were on display at last week’s National U19 and U17 Netball Championships playing for Victoria.

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2018 Melbourne Vixens Preview

Monday, 23 April 2018

With round one starting at 3pm on Saturday for the Melbourne Vixens, here’s everything you need to know in the lead-up to the first whistle.

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Netball Review: Commonwealth Games

Monday, 16 April 2018

In a desperately close and thrilling gold medal match, VIS’ Jo Weston, Liz Watson and their Australian Diamond team mates had to settle for silver against the most professional and proficient team England has ever fielded.

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Weston and Watson enjoying netball Commonwealth success

Monday, 09 April 2018

Weston and Watson have been playing consistently throughout the tournament, and are getting regular court time in the Centre and Goal Defence.

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Vixens fire up

Monday, 19 February 2018

Our Melbourne Vixens have enjoyed the perfect start to their pre-season with back-to-back wins over the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane at the weekend.

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Weston and Watson Commonwealth Games selection confirmed

Monday, 05 February 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport and Melbourne Vixens athletes, Liz Watson and Jo Weston have been named in the Australian Netball team competing at Gold Coast 2018.

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Liz Watson wins MVP in Netball Quad Series whitewash

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Samsung Diamonds have won the Netball Quad Series in a 3-0 whitewash, defeating New Zealand 67-48 in Johannesburg.

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Diamonds win opening test over South Africa

Monday, 22 January 2018

The Samsung Diamonds have begun their 2018 Quad Series campaign with a 4-goal victory over South Africa, 54-50 in London.

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Vixens stars to shine at Quad Series

Sunday, 05 November 2017

Three Melbourne Vixens stars have been named in the Australian Diamonds Quad Series side, following impressive performances on the international stage over the past year.

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Head Coach

Simone McKinnis

Assistant Coach

Diane Honey

Development Coach

Leesa Gallard  


Training Venues

VIS Gymnasium

State Netball and Hockey Centre


Netball Australia

Netball Victoria

Other Netball athletes