“NEVER give up” were the encouraging words West Coast Fever player Erena Mikaere gave to students when she recently visited St Stephen’s School in Duncraig.
The 27-year-old defender spoke to students at the school’s annual sports award assembly.
Mikaere said she was not the best netballer in high school but it did not deter her from trying and she encouraged students to have the same mentality.
“I was always told I would only make it because I was tall, or I was told I was tall but couldn’t jump, but it’s only their opinions and it does not matter,” she said.
“It’s about what you believe you can do and never giving up.”
Mikaere was the first New Zealand import signed to play for an Australian team in the ANZ Championship.
The school’s head of secondary Bruce Titlestad said it was an honour to have a professional athlete talk to students.
“Erena is proof that when you put in the hard yards dreams do come true,” he said.