'Changing Colours' tells the story of a remarkable sportswoman who has captured the hearts of international netball fans and exasperated her opponents for the past eight years.
Irene van Dyk first rose to prominence in 1995 at the Netball World Championships in Birmingham, England. Representing South Africa, she played a major role in the tournaments most astounding result the ignominious defeat of the Silver Ferns, at that stage hot favourites for a showdown with their long-time Australian rivals, the defending world champions.
The tall, stunning blonde wowed the crowd and netball media alike. With her bubbly personality and deadly accurate goal shooting, she quickly became one of the games hottest properties. Some years later she decided to leave South Africa to further her international career in New Zealand. It was to prove a controversial decision, with bitterness and acrimony surrounding her initial selection as a Silver Fern.
In this revealing new biography by leading sportswriter Russell Grey, Irene talks frankly about the issues, controversies, challenges and rewards of her decision to change colours. Also included are interviews and comments by team mates, leading opponents and coaches, such as Jill Macintosh (current Australian coach), Vicki Wilson (Australia's ex-captain and living legend), New Zealand coach Yvonne Willering and leading Silver Ferns.
There is also extensive coverage and commentary on the inter-dominion netball series during the past two years, along with behind-the-scenes comments from players closely involved in the games.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2002
- 153 x 234mm