Van Dyk proves a hit with schoolchildren
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.
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.