Liz Ellis AM

Liz is one of Australia's highest profile elite athletes and most successful Netballers ever. She surpassed the record for most test matches played for Australia in 2005 and captained the Sydney Swifts and Australian Netball Team until her retirement in 2007.

Personal Information X
  • Date of Birth: 17 January 1973
  • Eye Colour: Blue
  • Hair Colour: Brunette
  • Height: 184cm
  • Health: Asthmatic
  • Family: Ralph and Margaret (Parents). Ralph was a former Australian Stock car champion. Kath (sister) - Former Ku-ring-gai, Hawkesbury and Penrith State League Rep - Goal Attack/Shooter.
  • Marital Status: Married to Matthew Stocks (Former Rugby Union player - represented Australian Schoolboys, Australian U/21's and NSW Waratah's)
  • Proud parent of a beautiful little girl, Evelyn, and gorgeous baby boy, Austin
  • Principal Occupation: Broadcaster, Speaker and Coach
  • Tertiary Education: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University 1991-1996
  • Admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1998
  • Practised Property and Infrastructure Law with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 1997 - 2000
  • Launched the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics in 1997
  • Liz has coached enough kids over the past decade to twice fill Sydney's ACER Arena
  • Awarded an AM in the 2009 Australia Day Honours list
  • Named in The Bulletin's "Smart 100 - Australia's Best and Brightest" edition for 2007.  Of the 10 named from the sporting industry, Liz was the only athlete
  • Retired from Netball November 2007 after leading the Australian Netball Diamonds to their 2007 World Netball Championships victory
Quick Personal Facts X
  • Liz’s hobbies include reading, cooking and golf, but most of her days are taken up being a Mum to Evelyn and Austin!
  • People Liz most admires are her Mum, Jane McGrath and Michelle Obama.
  • Liz’s first job was at Jewels Richmond as a part time register attendant.
Playing Achievements X
2007 - Best Player World Championships
2006 - Commonwealth Bank Trophy Most Valued Player
  - Player of the CBT Grand Final
  - 150 Commonwealth Bank Trophy Matches
2005 - Achieved record for the most test matches ever played for Australia (122)
2004 - 2007 - Captain Australian Netball Team
2002 - 2007 - Captain Sydney Swifts (Premiers 2004)
  - Goal Keeper of the Year
2002 - Commonwealth Bank Trophy Most Valued Player
  - Players’ Player of the Year 
  - Gold Medallist Commonwealth Games
2001 - Awarded Player of the Grand Final 
  - Captain NSW Netball Team – National Champions
1998 - Gold Medallist Commonwealth Games
  - National League Most Valued Player
1993 - 2003 - Australian Netball Team member (World Games Gold Medallists 1993, World Champions 1995 and 1999)
1992 - Captain Australian Under 21 Team
1991 - Australian Netball Squad Member

Liz coaches the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics, which are now in their 16th year, and run during the NSW school holidays.

There have been over 27,000 participants who have attended over that time and they are the largest commercial netball clinics in Australia.

Click here for more information on the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics.

Quick Netball Facts X
  • Liz started netball at the age of 8 years, with Green Hills Netball Club in the Hawkesbury Association.  Liz is still a member of the Green Hills Netball Club and is now a club sponsor. 
  • Liz was the tallest kid in team and played centre. She switched to Goal Attack when she was 9 years old and was a defender at the age of 14 years.
  • Chosen in Hawkesbury Representative teams 11 - 15 years.
  • Scholarship holder at AIS in 1991.
  • Joined Ku-ring-gai Netball Club in 1993.
  • Liz’s netball idol as a young player was Keeley Devery, Australian Netball Representative 1985 – 1993
  • Some of the people who influenced Liz’s netball career are Joyce Brown, former Australian Netball Coach, and Julie Fitzgerald, Former Sydney Swifts Coach.
  • Her Mum and Dad, and Husband, Matthew Stocks, have also been a great support for Liz
  • Liz’s previous training schedule included 7 - 9 sessions each week (minimum), depending upon competition phase. Schedule included Club training, 2 - 3 weight training sessions, 2 sprint sessions, 2 endurance sessions and NSW/Australian training weekends.
Awards/Merits X
2011 - Inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame
2009 - Presented with an Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the Australia Day Honours List
  - Inducted into Sports Australia ‘Hall of Fame’
  - Inducted into NSW Sports “Hall of Champions”
2008 - Introduction of the “Liz Ellis Diamond” awarded to Australia’s most outstanding netballer
  - NSW finalist – Australian of the Year
  - Inducted as one of NSW Institute of Sport's "Most Outstanding"
2007 - 10th place in the Fiat Celebrity Challenge, Melbourne Grand Prix
2006-00 - Australia Day Ambassador
2006 - Nominated Australian Sports Award
  - Voted Favourite Female Sports Star at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
  - Sydney Swifts awarded National Team of the Year along with West Coast Eagles (AFL) at Aust. Sport Awards
2003 - 10th place in the Mini Celebrity Challenge, Melbourne Grand Prix
Biography X

For more information on Liz’s media career, click here.

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All playing photos by Michael Bradley, Website design by Viewd, built by Efront