Former Australian vice-captain and Queensland coach, Joanne Broadbent, has been named Head Coach of the Lend Lease Breakers for the 2012/13 season.
Broadbent brings with her extensive experience as a player and a coach at the elite level. She represented Australia between 1989 and 2001, serving as vice-captain of the team between 1993 and 1996.
She was the first Australian woman to score a Test double century, finishing with a Test batting average of 109.25, and was part of the team which won the 1997 World Cup in front of 70,000 spectators at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
In interstate cricket, Broadbent represented South Australia winning National titles in 1991, 1992 and 1994, while also captaining the side from 1996 to 1999.
Her significant coaching experience includes seven years in charge of the Queensland Fire. In that time she took the team from the bottom of the ladder to the 2005/06 Women’s National Cricket League Finals, where they came within two runs of upsetting the Lend Lease Breakers in the third and deciding match, which would have given Queensland the title.
She also coached the Australian Youth team in 2003 and 2008, and was Assistant Coach in 2007.
Cricket NSW General Manager – State Cricket, David Thompson, said Broadbent was the perfect coach to challenge the Lend Lease Breakers players.
“The Lend Lease Breakers are already a very successful team and we see Joanne as the ideal coach to take them to the next level. She brings experience and insight to the program from her time as a player and a coach, and I am certain her enthusiasm will bring the best out of the individual players,” he said.
Broadbent said she was looking forward to linking with the Lend Lease Breakers to begin preparations for the 2012/13 season.
“I am so excited to be given this opportunity and I am thrilled to be working with Alex (Blackwell) and the team. It’s a dream come true to be coaching again as it is my passion,” she said.
Broadbent will join the Lend Lease Breakers in the first week of August after completing her commitments to Queensland Cricket.