and Dancing with the Stars
winner Temepara George
has many balls to juggle. She spoke to Good Health
magazine in between finishing the ANZ Champs and gearing up for International games.
What do you love about your netball career? I think it's varied throughout my career. Initially, I loved the challenge of being on-court playing the game. But it's also the friends and people I meet and the travel. However, the travel isn't so great now because there's lots of flying time. I live out of a suitcase and it's very hard being away from my kids. These days, it's the challenge of being an older, more experienced player – learning from the younger ones coming through, but also passing on my knowledge.
What are Kiwi crowds like to play in front of? If you're playing in the Silver Ferns, the NZ fans are fantastic! They're not as harsh as Aussie crowds can be – they boo you! Kiwi crowds are great – no matter where you go the stadium seats are full and they’re so supportive of their national team.
You have lots of areas of life to juggle. How do you keep a healthy balance? I was a young mum and I've had great support from my mum and family. It's nice now because my kids are quite self-sufficient - my daughter's learning to drive so she might be able to drive me to training! Oh, and my son's not too bad at cooking so when I come home from training maybe dinner will be ready (laughs). At the moment I'm really enjoying my kids, they're like friends - but they know the boundaries.
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