McKinnis played netball with the Australian National team, in the wing defense position from 1986 to 1998. She played 63 tests with the Australia National team. She was a member of the world championship winning teams of 1991 and 1995, and the Commonwealth games gold medal winning team in 1998. Since retiring, McKinnis has had a number of coaching roles both in Australia and overseas. She was named the Coach of the Year for her managing performance at the Melbourne Vixens in 2017.
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- Adrian Ballantyne (17 September 2012). "Simone McKinnis takes reins as coach of Melbourne Vixens". Herald Sun.
- "Australian Netball Awards". Netball Australia. 24 June 2017. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017.