Kiwi Ath­letes Agency is all about the qual­ity

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The Kiwi Ath­letes Agency is on a roll.

The agency, es­tab­lished a year ago by Ti­tahi Bay hus­band and wife Rob and Liesl Cheyne, now has three agents.

Four ath­letes on its books will start univer­sity in the United States in Au­gust, in­clud­ing prom- ising hep­tahlete Phoebe Ed­wards and ju­nior Black Sticks Whena Munn.

‘‘We’re re­ally happy with where we are,’’ Liesl said. ‘‘We started small and we’re not get­ting ahead of our­selves – it’s about qual­ity, not quan­tity. We need to give each ath­lete due care.’’

Liesl – orig­i­nally from Texas – and Rob – a for­mer New Zealand Davis Cup ten­nis player – went through the Amer­i­can col­lege sys­tem and know the pit­falls.

They didn’t re­strict them­selves to cer­tain uni­ver­si­ties, but tried to find the best fit for the ath­letes head­ing to the US, Liesl said.

She had stayed in touch with one of their first suc­cess sto­ries, hockey player Ge­or­gia Gar­den- Ba­chop, who at­tends Mon­mouth Univer­sity in New Jer­sey.

‘‘She’s lov­ing it there. She’s with a great group and is do­ing well.’’

Kiwi Ath­letes Agency has not done any mar­ket­ing, but word of­mouth has made it a full­time job for Liesl.

Ath­letes from as far away as South­land are now in the fold.

PHOTO: FAIRFAX

Hep­tath­lete Phoebe Ed­wards will at­tend the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin this year.

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