Silver Ferns announce Commonwealth Games squad
The Silver Ferns squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been announced.
Ameliaranne Ekenasio of Ngāpuhi will be looking to go next level with the Silver Ferns.
This will be Ekenasio's first time playing at the Commonwealth Games.
She says she is extremely proud to represent her Māori heritage and her whānau at an international level. She is also happy that her son was able to be present at the squad announcement.
“Family is one of my biggest values. So for him to be welcomed in and me to be welcomed in with him is just going to make me a better player.”
Kayla Cullen is also a debutant; she missed out in the last Commonwealth Games due to a knee injury.
“Yeah, it's actually good for once, no injuries at the moment. My knee swells up from time to time but I think it’s just all part of being an athlete you've just got to stay on top of your body and make sure you're doing your recovery and rehab right.”
Losing six of the seven last games that they've played, the Silver Ferns were served to by the Diamonds in the finals of the Netball Quad Series last month.
According to Janine Southby, they're now focused on setting things right.
“I know that they're hugely disappointed in what we've put out in the last couple of weeks and they're absolutely determined to be at their best and to really challenge, and to go forward and get that gold medal.”
The Ferns have never missed a Commonwealth Games final in the event's history and they’re putting in hard work and training that this year won’t be any different.