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7 December 2018 | Uncategorized

Pow wow with a Pivoteer

Since the age of eight, Miriam Sawyer has been immersed in the world of netball. As a Pivoteer at next year’s World Cup, Miriam tells us why she is giving back to the sport which has given her so much...

From player to coach, Miriam Sawyer has been immersed in the world of netball since the age of eight. A Pivoteer at next year’s World Cup, Miriam is now giving back to the sport which has given her so much. We caught up with her to find out what she is most looking forward to and why she decided to volunteer…

Name: Miriam Sawyer
Age: 51
Pivoteer role at Vitality Netball World Cup 2019: Team Liaison

What is your day job?
I am a netball coach and umpire, run an Airbnb business, have a property development business and run a social netball league. I am also the founder and chairperson of a charity in Uganda called Butale Project.

Have you volunteered at any sports events before?
I have just volunteered at the England v Uganda series

Why did you decide to volunteer?
Netball has been a big part of my life since I was young, so to be involved with a netball event of this significance in the UK is a privilege and very exciting.

What are you most looking forward to doing / seeing at the event?
Being involved and seeing netball at the highest level is an opportunity that I can’t wait to be a part of. As a coach, I am hoping I might pick up some insights that will help my own development, not to mention seeing England hopefully winning the gold medal!

Do you play netball yourself or have any previous experience in netball?
I am head coach at Chippenham netball club, for the senior and youth teams. I have played netball since I was eight, trialing for England under-21’s when I was 17, and still play for my club who are hoping for regional playoffs this year. I still feel I have so much to learn though – netball has become so technical and the standard is now set so high.

Do you have any friends or family attending the event?
Yes, a lot of my friends are coming.

Do you have a party trick or fun fact?
My favourite thing is putting on a brand new pair of socks. It’s only when you try and answer a question like this that you realise how unglamorous your life is at times!

Miriam coaching the She Cranes before their clash with England’s Vitality Roses.


                                        Miriam with her team – Chippenham netball club