Nelson Netball manager Chelsea Routhan will leave her role in September to take up a new job as manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Photo: Andrew Board.

Netball boss to Big Brothers Big Sisters


Chelsea Routhan’s stray finger has cost Nelson Netball its manager.

Chelsea has been the centre manager at Nelson Netball for three years and says she “loves her job”. But when she inadvertently touched the wrong button while searching TradeMe she found an advert for her new job – programme director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

She says the role struck her as an exciting challenge, so she decided to apply.

“It was a really tough decision because I love my job and I’ve really enjoyed it. But when I saw this opportunity I thought ‘how can I not?’”

During Chelsea’s tenure player numbers have increased in both senior and junior grades, and in early September Nelson will host its first ever netball test match when the Silver Ferns host Jamaica.

Nelson Netball’s board chair, Julie Baxendine, says they will be sad to see Chelsea go.

“The Board are extremely grateful to Chelsea for all that she has done to lift the profile and performance of Nelson Netball in the 2-3 years she has been in this role. No one could question Chelsea’s passion, drive and hard work and these are the hallmarks of her style and delivery.”

Chelsea says a focus of her new role will be continuing the good work done by out-going manager Rachel Saunders, while trying to grow the newly-established Motueka branch.

Chelsea’s last day at Nelson Netball is its finals day, September 17, and she will start with Big Brothers Big Sisters on September 19.