Leah Ala-Outinen and her husband Kevin are national coaches.
Leah Ala-Outinen and her husband Kevin are national coaches. Rob Williams

Sporty Ipswich couple make a top team

LEAH Ala-Outinen smiled when asked what it was like to secure a national coaching role after watching her husband of 30 years achieve the same feat with indoor cricket sides.

"He does a lot of coaching as well. He went to England this year with his cricket,'' Leah said.

"We just support each other in our dreams and our goals that we want to achieve while we can.''

Kevin is a co-manager, preparing for the couple's seventh year as part-owners at the important indoor facility.

Life member Darren Lehmann and his wife Sharon are other part-owners overseeing the centre's indoor netball, indoor cricket and indoor soccer winter and summer programs.

The Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre will close from December 22 to January 4, giving the busy part-owners a well-deserved break.

However, next year's focus will again be on providing quality competition in the three main indoor sports.

Indoor netball Super League resumes in February with indoor cricket Super League firing up again in April.

Ipswich's indoor cricket men's team won the A title at the Gold Coast this year, breaking a 10 year drought.

Leah said indoor netball was growing as a sport, with the six-a-side format being introduced leading up to next year's World Cup.

"Just the interest that we are getting outside of outdoor netball,'' she said.

"It's a hard road to get to the top of outdoor netball and we're just giving them another avenue with indoor netball.''

Devoted coaches like Leah Ala-Outinen are making that happen.



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