Often sports people follow their parents into their chosen sport, but not only did Sarah Leitch follow her mum into netball, she followed both her parents into administration, and is now balancing both roles as president of the ECU Souwest Jets. In just her second season at the Jets, Sarah has fast become as much a leader in the centre position as she has in the presidency. “My mum was always playing and as we got older and she stopped playing she was always our coach, running some sort of committee or fundraising,” she said. “My brothers grew up playing baseball and my dad was also heavily involved in their baseball club. “Before I took on the role at the Jets I had a good chat to him about what kind of things were expected and the sorts of things a president actually does. “Dad was pretty honest about what the job would entail, and he made it sound all right.” Sarah began playing netball during primary school, and despite still being an important part of the Jets’ on-court setup, recognises the importance of giving back to the sport after the opportunities it has given her. “Netball has always been a part of my life and it has always been my sport of choice,” she said. “As I have become older I have become more interested in the management side of things. “I have been brought up to always be giving back, whether that be coaching or umpiring and it is important to stay involved in the sport you love so the next generation can enjoy it.” When Sarah moved to Bunbury ahead of last year’s WANL season, having previously lived in Perth and Pemberton, she was encouraged to join the club and take up the role, adding experience to the mid court, but a fresh face in the boardroom. “I was approached by someone I had known through netball for a while to see if I’d be interested in firstly coming to the Jets to play, but also to take on the presidency role, which had been vacated,” she said. The club’s specialist administrator role allows Sarah to take on a broader leadership role and gives her more time to interact with players and staff, unhindered by paperwork. “I think the role is more of a leadership and guidance kind of thing,” she said. “I chair the board and do some strategic planning and also need to be available for Netball WA commitments. “That might mean going to Perth for meetings and advocating for our club. “We are the only regional club playing in the WANL, so it is important we are represented fairly.” Sarah said her vision for the club was to see them return to more normal operations post COVID-19 and to their overarching aims of advancing the careers of young players in the region. “We want to get back to our strategic goals of getting players into the Netball WA player pathways and making sure we are qualifying coaches for assistant and head coaching roles in the future,” she said. Not only will Sarah prove important in steering the club through a difficult season off the court, she will be vital in guiding a young group of talented netballers through the next phase of their careers and contributing to some wins for the club.