Former NZ netball star visits Fiji schools

FORMER Silver Ferns legendary goal shooter Irene Van Dyk is in Fiji promoting healthy living as part of the new junior development program the NetGo.

Van Dyk visited primary schools to share her experience and skills with children as to how to play netball.

“It has been absolutely incredible visiting the kids and the little ones have no idea who I am and the teachers have made a really good job to inform the older students who I am,” she said.

“They are very reserved at first when they get to see you and quite but as soon I started to show them some netball skills to play with than they kind of get out of their shell and become more relaxed.

“They not very good at asking questions they are very shy, but it has been amazing and I love my first day meeting these young ones.”

The South African-born New Zealand netball player visited Holy Trinity Anglican School, St Annes primary and St Agnes primary schools as part of her ambassador duties informing our children on the basic skills of netball.

“We are piloting this NetGo program in six schools and it is for year one and year two so hopefully after the teachers have done their workshop with me which is on Monday and Tuesday next week they will know every activity.

“The teachers will be given a kit pack with all the gears that they might need and their resources.

“This is not only for girls but for the boys who want to play netball and just enjoy their experience of being in an intense sport in a team environment.

“Hopefully the kids and the teachers will love the program.”

Van Dyk is one of the world’s best known netball players and the most-capped player of all time, Van Dyk is renowned for her accurate goal shooting skills.

She made her debut for the Silver Ferns in 2000 against her former team, South Africa.

She left behind a successful netball career in South Africa when she decided to move to Wellington with her husband and daughter.

Van Dyk became a citizen of New Zealand in 2005 and won the Halberg Award for New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year in 2003 and was nominated again in 2005.

As a member of the Silver Ferns, Irene’s successes include the 2003 World Championship, as well as the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medals.

She will be visiting Vatuwaqa and Delainamasi Primary school today.

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