Chair Profile: Liz Ellis


Celebrity Featured: Liz Ellis
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About Liz Ellis

Captain of the Australian netball team, Liz Ellis was born on 17 January 1973 and is widely recognized as one of netballs greats. Growing up in Windsor NSW Ellis became captain of the Sydney Swifts in 2000.

She has won Netball Australia's Most Valued Player Award, the most prized individual award in Australian netball, four times. In the Test against the Silver Ferns played in Auckland on October 29, 2005, Ellis suffered a serious injury to her knee's anterior cruciate ligament, which required surgery and rehabilitation lasting several months. As a result she missed netball's next major international series, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Since her return to the side, the Australian team has been more successful against their main rivals for international dominance, the Silver Ferns.

In 2006, she displayed champion qualities by rebounding from a career-threatening knee reconstruction to play one of her best ever netball seasons, leading the Sydney Swifts through an undefeated season, culminating with her being named best-on-court in the 2006 Commonwealth Bank Trophy Grand Final against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Ellis is a fully-qualified solicitor, but has given up legal work to concentrate on business and media work. She has been a regular panellist on a number of sports panel shows such as The Fat, where her gently self-deprecating humor has been popular. For 5 years she presented a weekly sports segment on the ABC's national youth radio network, Triple J. She has also appeared several times on The Glass House. Her business activities include running junior coaching clinics amongst a number of other activities and endorsements.