Ian Brady is a Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Western Australia, with a passion for netball and bringing more spectators and participation to the sport.
His idols include Madi Robinson, Kim Green, Tempara George, and Nat Medhurst, who he was able to meet at the at the 2017 UWA Sports Awards.
Ian first played netball in Year 8, playing mixed netball and as a training partner for his school girls’ team.
“What I loved most was the speed and the agility of the sport, and how strong the players were in the air to grab those passes. I instantly became obsessed and would do warm up drills with the girls and train with them.”
Fast forward to his first year at UWA, and Ian got involved in the UWA Social Sport competition, which led him to represent UWA at Western UniGames and Australian UniGames.
In 2017, the UniHall resident was selected in the men’s state team for Nationals, and this year will play for the Wheatbelt Flames in the Western Australian Netball League men’s division.
Ian is passionate about building the profile of netball for all audiences, and is inspired by the recent success of the West Coast Fever.
“West Coast Fever has done an incredible job in building a strong profile of netball in our state. Their success this year gives us something to cheer for, which translates to more people wanting to be involved in the Fever’s journey and to get involved in netball.”
Ian’s long term goal as a player is to represent WA at the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championship.
For the sport in general, he is keen to grow the sport on a state level and national level, opening netball to new audiences and raising the profile of mixed and men’s competitions alongside the established women’s divisions.
Head to Netball WA to find out more about how you can get involved in one of Australia’s best loved sports.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events