Sport for Women

Top 100 Sportswomen Nominations

Liz has done amazing things for women's sport in Australia. Her strong opinions and commitment to seeing women's sport on TV / more pay has been inspirational. Liz was also an amazing GK and captain of the Australian netball team.

- Larissa Kunnen

Greatest Australian netballer of all time. Dominated world netball for more than 12 years, often against much taller and stronger opponents. Australia never lost when Ellis was on her game. She now holds the record for most Australian test caps (122) and

- Sarah Polzin

A fantastic goal keeper, the Dustin Fletcher of netball. 14 years in the Australian team and most capped netballer for us. 3 World championship golds from 4 appearances, 2 Commonwealth games gold from 2 appearances. Was best player in the last game of her

- Phillip Turville

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Captaining Australia to World Championship win in 2007

Greatest achievement off the field: A happy marriage to Matthew and being a mother to a beautiful little girl named Evelyn

Who is your sporting heroine? All of the women who play in the ANZ Championships! The players I most love watching are defenders Laura Geitz and Casey Williams, midcourter Natalie von Bertouch and shooters Cath Cox and Irene van Dyke. I particularly admire Irene – she is 39 years old and still going strong!

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Now that I am retired I try to do 40 - 60 minutes of exercise every day. Sounds like a lot but mainly it is pushing my little girl in the pram for our morning walk!

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? None! I do tend to favour healthy foods. I shop each week at the farmers market for fresh fruit and veggies and try to eat seasonally. I drink litres of water and heaps of milk each day. I steer clear of takeaway and sweet foods.

What do you love about your sport? The fact that it is constantly changing and growing at the elite level but it still retains its position as the premier participation sport at grassroots because fundamentally it is a fun sport to play!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? I would allow more contest for the ball between defenders and attackers. The women who play netball at the elite level are incredibly strong and fit, so they could cope with the increased physicality. It would make my job easier as a commentator not to have to explain why the whistle is constantly being blown!

What motivates you? When I was playing it was the desire to be the best player I could be. Now I am motivated by a desire to be happy and content.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I used to be a solicitor, practicing in property and infrastructure. Now I could best be described as a broadcaster and head coach of the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics.

Three words that describe you: Talk too much.

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Don’t hesitate! Register with a local team – and don’t worry if you don’t know anyone, as the beauty of the team aspect of netball is that once you step onto the court with your team, you are all mates.

Liz Ellis Supports Sport for Women Day

"Sport for Women Day is Ia great initiative to raise the profile of women’s sport."