Van Dyk proves a hit with school­child­ren

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SOPHIE LEGGETT

Net­ball star Irene van Dyk held the rapt at­ten­tion of Ad­ven­ture School chil­dren when she spoke about her ca­reer and took them through a train­ing ses­sion last Tues­day af­ter­noon.

About 50 pupils and par­ents turned up af­ter school to hear van Dyk speak as part of a pro­gramme run by the Cen­tral Pulse net­ball team, who have been vis­it­ing schools in the Welling­ton re­gion for two weeks. Van Dyk, who is an am­bas­sador for real es­tate com­pany Tall Poppy, spoke about her ca­reer, start­ing from her in­tro­duc­tion to the game in South Africa when she was 9.

She also pre­sented the school with an Adi­das sin­glet signed by each mem­ber of the Sil­ver Ferns.

The chil­dren weren’t short of ques­tions, ask­ing van Dyk what she would be do­ing if she wasn’t a net­ball player, for hints about shoot­ing tech­niques, and, in­vari­ably, how tall she is. The an­swer? 1.92m (6ft 3in) for the cu­ri­ous.

Al­though it was a blus­tery af­ter­noon, she later took the young play­ers to the net­ball courts to run through some train­ing drills.

Van Dyk was last month named Per­son­al­ity of the Year at the Welling­ton sports awards.

She re­cently re­tired from in­ter­na­tional net­ball, but will con­tinue to play for the Pulse.

Photo: SOPHIE LEGGETT

Shoot­ing star: Irene van Dyk with Ad­ven­ture School chil­dren, from left, Katie Pre­ston, Ja­cob Craigie, Breeanna Kie Tonga, Nina Har­ris, Jes­sica Lett, Cas­san­dra Amer, Cait­lyn McGill, and, in front, Ana To’iahi Havea.

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