Introducing Commonwealth gold medallist Natalie Avellino

Natalie Avellino is a new face in our Sports Department looking after our netball program which involves more than 200 students.

About Ms Avellino

A netball player since the age of six, Ms Avellino has played at all levels including for Australia. She won gold for Australia in the world cup in both 1994 and 1995 and silver for Australia in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne. She has also played for New Zealand (2004) and attended the Australian Institute of Sport on a netball scholarship from 1989-1991.

What she does

She looks after the netball program and is a sports administrator.


She has coached at various levels coaching in Invercargill, New Zealand. In 2012 she was co-coach of the Southern Steel and assistant coach in 2013, training for the ANZ competition against teams from across Australia and New Zealand. She also coached the Southland Womens and Mens team, and for Invercargill, Southland Girls’ High School. She coached the top school team from 2011 to 2018 attending nationals for seven years. 

Life before Santa

Ms Avellino was Sports Coordinator at Southland Girls’ High School.

Life outside of Santa

She follows her five-year-old daughter around at her activities. She also spends time with family and watches sport.

Favourite sport

Netball and various other sports.

A surprising fact

Ms Avellino drove in the celebrity Grand Prix race in Adelaide in 1995.