Chanel Pompallier is not the first woman to join an Australian
National Basketball League coaching staff, but she will be one of the
few women coaching at the elite level in New Zealand.
Statistics show just under 20 percent of High Performance Sport New
Zealand, or HPSNZ, coaches over the past five years have been women.
And HPSNZ’s own research showed women faced significant challenges to
even get a look in when it came to filling coaching vacancies.
Unlike many of her peers, Pompallier was promoted from community
coach through the New Zealand Breakers coaching system to work alongside
the club’s top players after five years with the club.
HPSNZ’s Sonia Boland said there are many more women like Pompallier ready to step up – if the system allowed.
“There is no shortage of talented or inspiring female coaches in New
Zealand but their is a failure in the system at the moment to support
them to succeed in those roles.”
“Appointments like Chanel’s by the Breakers is really critical to
raising the visibility of female coaches but also challenging the
stereotype of what it means to be an elite coach in New Zealand,” Boland