Robyn Broughton attended Hutt Valley High School before enrolling at Otago for the Diploma in Physical Education in 1961. An outstanding netballer, she was a non-travelling reserve for New Zealand in 1960 and represented Hutt Valley, Otago and Southland, captaining the latter two provinces. She also captained Otago University and New Zealand Universities, and was awarded Otago and New Zealand University blues.
A Southland physical education teacher, Robyn's contribution to netball administration has been lifelong, serving on the Southland Netball Union executive from 1970-2001 and chairing South Island Secondary Schools Netball from 1997-2008. She has also coached her school team, Verdon College, to South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship titles.
Her outstanding coaching at elite level has made Robyn a household name. She coached Southern Sting which contested the National Bank Cup final for ten consecutive years, winning it for the seventh time in 2007. She has been Assistant Coach of the Silver Ferns and selector/coach of New Zealand A and NZ Young International Teams. Robyn is a Life Member of Netball Southland and Netball New Zealand, and has recently been appointed to coach the Southern Steel Team in the ANZ Trans Tasman netball competition.