VAN DYK Irene < Back  
Sport Netball
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 21 Jun 1972 in Vereeniging, SAF
Height1.90 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Christie, daughter Bianca
Residence Wellington, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Teacher
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? She enjoys the team element of the sport. "I love running around with my friends and winning together."
Club / Team Central Pulse: Wellington, NZL
Name of coach Robyn Broughton [club], Waimarama Taumaunu [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Goal shooter
International Debut
Year 1994
Competing for South Africa
General Interest
Nicknames I-Dizzle (Facebook Profile, 16 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours She is an honorary Master in Science at Waikato Institute of Technology. (yahoo.com, 14 Jan 2011)

She was the New Zealand flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (tvnz.co.nz, 04 Oct 2010)

She has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to netball. (mynetball.co.nz, 21 Jan 2010)

She was named New Zealand's Sportswoman of the Year at the 2003 Halberg Awards and 2005 People's Choice Awards. (halberg.co.nz, 12 Aug 2010; speakerlink.co.nz, 01 Jan 2011)
Other information MOVE TO NEW ZEALAND
After being impressed with New Zealand when South Africa toured in 1999, she decided to move there with her husband and 16-month-old daughter in 2000. She had previously captained the South African team, making 72 appearances in total before going on to play for New Zealand. (nzherald.co.nz, 28 Oct 2005; news24.co.za, 13 Sep 1999)

BRUSH WITH THE LAW
She had to take out a mortgage on her home in 2010 to pay fines, lawyers and remedial costs after she and her husband were fined 15,000 New Zealand dollars for illegally clearing gorse from their former property in Upper Hutt. The couple were charged with breaching the Resource Management Act. "My husband and I are such law-abiding citizens and hate to be in trouble for anything," she said. "It was a genuine mistake, we didn't do anything intentional to cause problems." (nzwomansweekly.co.nz, 20 Jul 2013; yahoo.com, 14 Jan 2011)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is an ambassador for children's charity Cool Kids Grow, encouraging gardening and outdoor activities in young children. (coolkidsgrow.com, 01 Jan 2013)