Margaret Foster

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Margaret Foster
Personal information
Full name Margaret Mary Anne Foster (née Bray)
Occupation Netball coach
Netball career
Playing position(s): WA, C
Years Club team(s) Apps
1986–1999; 2001 Canterbury Hearts/Flames
Years National team(s) Caps
1992–1994; 1997  New Zealand 7
Coaching career
Years Team(s)
2000; 2002–07 Canterbury Flames
2009 Southern Steel
2011 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (asst)
Last updated: 5 November 2010

Margaret Mary Anne Foster, MNZM is a New Zealand netball coach and former Silver Ferns player. Foster played 14 international matches from 1992-1997. She played domestic netball in the National Bank Cup for the Canterbury Flames, playing in 1998, 1999 and 2001. She also played for Canterbury for over ten years, and played one season for Wellington.

Coaching career[edit]

Foster also coached the team in 2000 and from 2002–2007. Foster took the Canterbury Flames to five final appearances, losing each time to the Southland-based Southern Sting. She also previously coached the New Zealand A squad.[1]Margaret was also a Silver Ferns selector, the sports analyst for the Silver Ferns at the Commonwealth Games, Manchester and the Netball World Cup, Jamaica where NZ won.

After the National Bank Cup was replaced by the ANZ Championship in April 2008, Foster was replaced as coach of the Christchurch-based Canterbury franchise. She pulled out of an offer to be head coach of the Northern Mystics, after Yvonne Willering was sacked from the position. Instead, Foster took up the role of assistant coach of the Southern Steel for the 2009 season.[2] She subsequently signed on as assistant coach of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic for the 2011 season.[3] She was also appointed head coach for the Cook Islands netball squad for 2011 and took them to the South Pacific Series. Margaret has been coaching in the UK, where she was helping a super league franchise, the Loughborough Lightning. She also designed a high performance programme and ran coach workshops in St Lucia, and Hong Kong.Margaret has also been an international coach assisting the Sri Lankan National team.Margaret owns a coaching company in Canterbury called Motivationz Netball. This academy provides coaching for young children from 8 to 16 years of age.[4]

Outside of netball[edit]

Foster was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She later wrote a book, Silver Linings, about both her career and battle with cancer.[5] Margaret is the ambassador for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, and has been guest speaker throughout NZ inspiring other people .In 2009, Foster was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit as part of the Queen's Birthday honours list, for services to netball.[6]


  1. ^ Williams, Katarina (25 April 2010). "Foster itching to pull side out of doldrums". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  2. ^ Seconi, Adrian (16 May 2009). "No division of loyalties for Foster". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  3. ^ NZPA (2 November 2010). "Marg Foster joins Magic coaching staff". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
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  5. ^ Hepburn, Steve (29 April 2009). "Straight-shooting Foster made of the write stuff". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours - full list". The New Zealand Herald. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009.