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World Masters Games athlete profile: Multi-sport athlete competes in dual events

09 Apr 2017 11:45 am

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Ti Point resident Antoinette Spain will compete in both touch rugby and basketball at the 2017 World Masters Games.

At 52, she will be in the 40-plus category for touch and 50-plus for basketball.

Antoinette grew up on the North Shore and started playing netball at Birkdale intermediate and secondary schools.

“Mum was definitely sporty and coached me through my netball years,” she says.

She made the Auckland U20 representative netball side two years in a row, before taking up basketball at 27.

She has competed in the North Harbour women’s basketball competition and was in a gold medal winning team at the 2015 Australian Masters Games held in Adelaide.

This will be the first time she has competed in the World Masters and she has high hopes of turning in good performances.

“I always want to win and my team mates are equally competitive.

“We don’t know what level of opposition will show up, though, and Australia has some high calibre players.”

Antoinette will have a busy schedule. On one day, she will play basketball in the morning followed by a touch match immediately afterwards.

Her involvement with touch rugby came quite late after she was scouted at a Becroft touch module to trial for the North Harbour mixed over 35s team, for which she was selected. 

She played mixed for five years before switching to the women’s over 35s team, which has claimed gold in three of the past four touch nationals.

She has also participated in the Whangateau and Mahurangi touch competitions.

However, her highest sporting achievement came with indoor cricket, when she represented New Zealand in the women’s team at the 2000 World Cup held in South Africa.

Antionette has also tried her hand at multi-sport events, including the Coast to Coast race in the South Island. She competed three times with her best result being sixth in the women’s open grade two-day event.

After the games she would like to continue playing basketball and touch, and will compete in the Coromandel Classic during the off-season. 

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