Former Silver Fern Temepara Bailey in Queenstown last week.
Photo by Christina McDonald.
When Temepara Bailey, nee George, was young, she was told
she would never be a netballer because she was too short.
She eventually spent over 10 years with New Zealand's
national netball team the Silver Ferns before retiring after
the 2011 season.
Bailey (38) spoke to Wakatipu High School pupils at their
annual blues awards on Friday night. Speaking to the
Queenstown Times before the talk, she said a key
message for pupils was not to give up.
She added youngsters should never be afraid to ask for help.
While she is no longer a professional netballer, she is still
heavily involved with the sport, commentating on television,
''helping out'' with representative coaching in Pukekohe and
running a netball academy from One Tree Hill College in
Asked what she thought of Southern team the Southern Steel,
she was full of praise.
''It's fantastic what they are doing with the netball down
Looking at the bigger netball picture, the Silver Ferns have
suffered consecutive losses to Australia recently, but Bailey
believes the Australians are beatable.
''Obviously they [Silver Ferns] had some things out of their
control - there were interesting umpiring calls throughout
Bailey predicts the Silver Ferns will ''shock the
Australians'' and take home the gold medal at the 2014
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow