All eyes were on two young Brightwater netball fans as they met their Tactix and Mystics heroes on centre court at Sunday’s ANZ Premiership match at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson.


Thirteen-year-old Olivia Shelling, who attends Waimea College, won the opportunity through the ANZ Future Captains competition to meet Jane Watson and Phoenix Karaka and lead the teams out onto centre court at the start of the match, live on SKY Sport. Thirteen-year-old Hayley Peterson, a friend of Olivia who also attends Waimea College, was able to join her for the exciting on-court experience.


“My favourite part was getting to high five the players,” Olivia says. “I hope I can be a Silver Fern when I’m older. Bailey Mes is my favourite player and I hope I can be as good as her one day.”


ANZ head of sponsorship, Sue McGregor, says the bank is committed to its support for netballers in New Zealand, whether it’s at the grassroots level or the professional athletes representing our very best, playing in the ANZ Premiership.


“That’s why we’re giving 94 kiwi children around New Zealand the chance to be part of the ANZ Premiership and meet their netball heroes as an ANZ Future Captain.”


The match saw the Tactix beat the Mystics by 52-48.

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