Netball was my Destiny – Ine Mari Venter

The netball World Cup was a highlight on the calendar this year and the Spar Proteas inspired the nation as they represented South Africa on African soil. This week on She Speaks Sport, I am joined by the extraordinary Proteas goal shooter, Ine – Mari Venter. Not only does Ine – Mari take centre stage in the circle for the Proteas, but she also plays for the Saracens Mavericks.
Together, we discuss the impact of the Netball world Cup, how Ine – Mari reenergised after the training and the tournament (think, a hidden cabin in the middle of nowhere!) The exciting October tournament for the Spar Proteas when they head down under to take on Australia, and the senior role Ine – Mari now takes in the team. Sharing about her journey and passion for veterinary science, Ine – Mari reveals how professional netball did not seem to be her destiny until one day a call came and a decision had to be made. What is Ine – Mari looking forward to in the future after retirement? She drops this straight truth on the show. Tune in and get to know our shooter, front and centre.

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Netball World Cup with Dumisani Chauke

A She Speaks Sport Exclusive!

In just a few days the Netball World Cup begins and as the final teams touch down in the mother city. All eyes are on Africa, as it is the first time the Netball World Cup will be held on African soil since its inception in 1963. Sixteen teams are participating this year, with New Zealand as the current reigning champs.

I caught up with Spar Proteas assistant coach and HOD of sport at TUT university, Dumisani Chauke. We talk about her journey in netball and coaching, the responsibility she feels towards those she coaches and those who find her presence to be a beacon of inspiration and representation. I also ask her what this netball world cup means for Africa, the feeling in the team ahead of the games, as well as making history for women’s sport.

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