Chiara’s a shooting star on the netball court
If you need a netballer who can play both shooter and defender with proficiency, then look no further than Chiara Semple. The Te Atatu Peninsula product talks with Julian Raethel about her ambitions when she leaves school and how her younger sister keeps
Growing up was something Chiara Semple took to with ease.
When she first walked on to the netball courts she was thrown in the deep end straight away.
‘‘I was quite big for my age,’’ the 17-year-old says.
‘‘So when I started at the age of 8 I was made to play with 14-year-olds.
‘‘I was put at wingdefence but I wasn’t doing much out there.’’
Chiara later switched to shooter and found scoring goals came naturally.
She still plays defender from time to time and credits her dynamic skill-set to her parents.
But the Mt Albert Grammar School student admits there can be some creative differences.
‘‘Mum’s my netball coach and Dad’s my fitness trainer.
‘‘Dad used to make me run up the long stairs at Trusts Stadium and do bear crawls up the hills,’’ Chiara says.
‘‘I didn’t enjoy it and we got a bit frustrated with each other but my fitness went up. That’s the thing when you’re younger – you think you just need the skills but you actually also need the fitness,’’ she says.
And with netball six days a week, Chiara will need it.
Her younger sister, Sheye, has started at Mt Albert Grammar this year and has become a competi- tive training buddy. Chiara admits Sheye is keeping her on her toes and she doesn’t need an alarm clock most mornings.
‘‘Sheye will wake me up now, she’s always looking after me.’’
Chiara has had a busy year with representative netball, including playing in Adelaide with the New Zealand team which defended its title at the TransTasman Secondary Schools Netball Tournament.
She will also represent North Harbour at the under-19 and under-23 National Championships in Dunedin next week.
The ultimate goal is to secure an ANZ Championship contract but this being her final year at school she’s already got one eye on university in 2015.
‘‘I want to communications so become a journalist.
‘‘I’ve grown up watching Jenny-May Coffin reporting the sport news and also James McOnie who gets to be funny and also travel.’’ study I can
Sporting buzz: If netball doesn’t work out for Chiara Semple then there’s always journalism.