Former Thunderbirds Coach leads new High Performance Sport program at Westminster

Former Adelaide Thunderbirds Coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson is leading a new High Performance Sport program at Westminster. Jane took up the newly-created part-time role of Head of Sport Development and High Performance at Westminster in late 2015. She recently presented her plans for High Performance Sport to the School Community and announced the appointment of our Head Coaches for elite football and netball. Please follow the link to read the announcements​.

As part of the new High Performance program, Jane is focusing on creating opportunities for students from Reception through to Year 12 by developing new approaches to increase participation and improve performance in all co-curricular sporting activities.

Jane is a dual championship-winning coach and the longest-serving coach in the history of the ANZ Championship. She comes to us from her most recent position as Netball SA General Manager – High Performance.

Many Westminster community members will also know Jane through her existing strong connections to our School: either as a parent; through her husband, Preparatory School Teacher, Adam Thompson; or through her time as a teacher here over 16 years from 1990 to 2006, when she taught Physical Education across the School, including a range of other curricular and co-curricular subjects.

As Head of Sport Development and High Performance, Jane is leading an exciting new approach to co-curricular sport at Westminster. The program has two arms:

It will further encourage students to take part in sport for fun, fitness and social interaction and help them discover individual sporting passions and interests.

It will also assist in identifying and nurturing students with exceptional sporting abilities and developing them to transition and excel into other high performance programs at an elite level. As part of this, Jane is also looking forward to tailoring a personal program for our many students involved in club, state or national sporting teams, to help them balance their competing commitments between sport and school.  

Reporting to the Director of Boarding and Co-Curricular Activities, Gary Davison, Jane has a whole School perspective and oversees our highly experienced Co-Curricular Sporting staff: Head of Boys’ Sport David Tiller, Head of Girls’ Sport Michelle Cassidy and Head of Preparatory Sport Steve Wayne, and provides guidance for coaching staff across the School.

Jane is one of the most elite and sought after High Performance coaches in Australia and brings to Westminster an extraordinary amount of experience, vision, knowledge and passion.

Jane’s appointment is clearly aligned to Westminster's aspiration to be the best school for an exceptional all-round education, and further demonstrates that Westminster’s commitment to co-curricular performance is as strong as our commitment to academic performance.

Principal Steve Bousfield said "We are extremely privileged to have Jane heading up this elite new program, which will create many new opportunities to help our students reach their sporting potential".