After four rounds of the ANZ Championship/Trans-Tasman Netball League our Kia Magic team find themselves with a 50/50 record and a difference of only four goals between them and the teams they have encountered, showing just how tight the competition is. Also of note are the three draws that have already occurred in the championship so the ten teams competing have a tense time ahead as they prepare for the rounds ahead.
At the conclusion of the second game in Tauranga we honoured Leana de Bruin who joined a select group of players to reach 100 ANZ Championship matches. Leana has enjoyed a stellar career including collecting a string of accolades, the highlight being when she was part of Kia Magic in 2012 when the team became the first, and still only New Zealand team to win the ANZ Championship. She was also awarded the 2012 Grand Final Player of the match.
To be able to play 100 games at the highest level and sustain quality performances over the length of time required to reach milestones like this is a significant achievement and it is so important that such contributions are recognised.
Sometimes milestones or contributions in sport are not necessarily recognised for a number of reasons and ultimately this can be a sad indictment on those of us who are involved in the industry. People deserve to be recognised at whatever level, from the committee worker behind the scenes through to the professional athlete who has achieved at the highest level. I encourage all sporting organisations to consider the merit of recognising those who have and/or are making a difference on and off the ‘field’ of play. Such recognition goes a long way for not only the individual and the club or organisation they represent or come from but also for the betterment of sport and the next generation of people who will help us become a leading sporting nation.
Chief Executive Officer
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