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Sport Netball
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 09 Jul 1977
Height1.90 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Son Caleb
Residence Cambridge, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Communications - Waikato University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing netball as a girl in South Africa.
Why this sport? She chose netball as it was the only female team sport available for her to play in the small town where she grew up in South Africa. "I come from a really small city and it was the only girl's sport there was at the time. Obviously being tall it came in quite handy."
Club / Team Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic: Hamilton, NZL
Name of coach Waimarama Taumaunu [national], Julie Fitzgerald [club]
Training Regime In addition to netball sessions, she also does up to three weight sessions a week as well as two cardio workouts.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Goal defence
General Interest
Nicknames Floyd, Vlooi [Afrikaans for flea]. (mynetball.co.nz, 14 Jul 2010)
Most influential person in career Her mother, coach Yvonne Willering. (southernsteel.co.nz, 09 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (southernsteel.co.nz, 09 Aug 2010)
Injuries She missed a week's training in October 2013 after tearing fibres at the top of her left calf muscle. (stuff.co.nz, 10 Oct 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She writes down the goals she wants to achieve before a game. (youtube.com, 02 Jun 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Believe in yourself because nobody else will. Keep on keeping on." (southernsteel.co.nz, 09 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours She was the joint recipient of the 2011 ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player Award. (womensportreport.com, 18 May 2011)
Other information FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO NEW ZEALAND
She began her international netball career playing for South Africa, representing the country of her birth 34 times. She moved to New Zealand in 2000 and debuted for her adopted nation in 2003. She made her 66th appearance for New Zealand in November 2012, bringing her to a total of 100 international caps. (mynetball.co.nz, 04 Oct 2013; nzwomansweekly.co.nz, 18 Sep 2013; 3news.co.nz, 30 Oct 2012)