School teacher gunning for Silver Ferns squad at age of 28

Central Pulse mid-courter Claire Kersten is aiming to get her first ever spot in a Silver Ferns, taking part in her first trials at the age of 28.

Kersten, who works as a school teacher at Newlands College in Wellington, has enjoyed a meteoric rise this year as a key member of the Pulse, having not even made an ANZ side in 2015 and featuring sporadically in 2016 - hoping to take her game to the international level.

At the age of 28, Kersten is one of the older first-time triallists hoping to wear the black dress, even admitting that she thought the chance might have passed her by.

"A couple of years ago, I wasn't even playing ANZ, so there's been a big change since then," she told 1 NEWS.

"It's a great experience to be here, I'm just enjoying the week."

Kersten also says that she has the full backing of her students, who are without their teacher once again due to sporting commitments.

"They think 'oh yeah - she's away again'"

"They're pretty cool about it. It's nice having that support from the school and the staff."

Claire Kersten from Wellington is taking part in Silver Ferns trials for the first time. Source: 1 NEWS