World Netball President Liz Nicholl said it the organisation had "made many achievements" in 2022 ©Getty Images

World Netball President Liz Nicholl has said the governing body is looking forward to 2023 with "excitement and optimism".

The Netball World Cup is due to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in July and August, while the Fast5 discipline is on the programme for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago for the forthcoming year.

Nicholl also reflected on 2022, claiming World Netball had "made many advancements" in its core strategies of grow, play and inspire which were launched in June 2021 following its rebrand.

She pointed to the addition of the Philippines and Eswatini as full members and the Dominican Republic as an associate member, the appointment of Rob Mills as World Netball's first independent director and the establishment of a Voice of the Athlete Working Group as examples of the organisation's growth.

As part of the play strategy, Nicholl said that 2022 had "seen the world begin to open up once again after COVID-19, with events returning across the world allowing us to drive game development and the worldwide delivery of a portfolio of thrilling world-class events".

These included first international events for Netball Fiji and Netball Australia in 400 and 1,088 days respectively.

Liz Nicholl said that the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was an
Liz Nicholl said that the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was an "extremely special event" ©Getty Images

"It has been fantastic to see so many netballers back on the court, with 233 matches taking place in the 10 months since the annual update of world rankings, which has broken our previous record of 169 matches in a one-year rating period," Nicholl said.

"These matches have taken place across many events throughout our five regions, including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the five regional qualifiers for the Netball World Cup Cape Town 2023, all of which allowed us to reconnect with our netball family in person."

Birmingham 2022 was referenced as an "extremely special event", with more than 140,000 tickets sold across the matches and 34.5 million viewers on linear television in World Netball's core markets.

The Fast5 Netball World Series returned this year, with the inclusion of invitational men's teams for the first time in Christchurch in November described by Nicholl as a "moment in history for our sport".

On the inspire element of the strategic plan, Nicholl referenced the launch of the digital over-the-top platform NetballPass and the "Our Netball Family" podcast, as well as progress on the establishment of the World Netball Foundation.