Sports Star of the week
Age: 17 Years
School: Tuakau College
Position: Goal Shoot/Goal Attack
The year 13 student has just been selected for the National U21 Development Netball Squad, which is a huge achievement for the humble player who is playing well out of her age group.
The teenager has been playing netball for eight years, with Ivana receiving her first break after being selected for the U19 Representative team through Pukekohe Netball.
At the end of the year, Ivana will be taking part in a training camp, which will determine her position within the team who will be travelling to the Cook Islands to compete.
Ivana has also been selected for the ANZ Transition Squad, in the hope to be selected for the Northern League team which will see them travel with the Mystics.
While most of her free time is taken up with trainings, Ivana is currently studying for her final NCEA Level Three exams and says that she has good balance with her social life.
The young netball star was also part of the winning team for Maramarua, who came out top of the table at Pukekohe Netball Centre this year.
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