Name: Megan Anderson Megan Anderson NSW Opens SLIDER

DOB: 9/11/1974

Nickname: Megsy

Height: 178cm

Positions: GA/WA/GS

Age started playing: 8

Association/s: Woy Woy

Started playing because: Watching my mum umpire, I was bored so I gave it a go

Netball Teams: 


NSW 19/U Team 1992

NSW 21/U Team 1993-1995

NSW Open Team 1996-2000

Australian: Australian Open Team 2000, 2002, 2004-2006

ANZ Championship: Southern Steel 2008-2010, Northern Mystics 2011

CBT: Sydney Swifts 1997-1998, Adelaide Ravens 1999, Sydney Swifts 2000-2006

Other National Leagues: National Bank Cup (NZ) Northern Force 2006-2007

Australian Test Caps: 20

Playing style/strength: Creative, reads the play well

Fondest netball memory: Making Australian team for the first time and winning three CBT titles

Earliest netball memory: Netball carnivals in Woy Woy and braiding everyone’s hair

I prepare for a game by: Trying to relax, have a sleep and then watch some video of the opposition

Tips for future netballers: Not everyone gets it easy, find a way to make your skills work. Always look for ways to keep improving

Most embarrassing moment on court: 0 from 5 (attempts) in a quarter for the AIS

What did your first uniform look like? It was a wrap-around yellow skirt (not pleated) and a white bonds t-shirt

What have you done with your past uniforms: I have kept one uniform from each of the important teams and competitions. Eventually had to throw out most of the tracksuits as they were taking up too much room in my parents place!

One team you always wanted to beat: In Australia it was always the Thunderbirds, I guess they were the benchmark and it’s always good to know you can match it with them. In NZ it is the WBOP Magic, again, same reason

What was the big hairstyle craze of your netball career? Probably braiding hair, when I was a kid everyone did it, now it’s coming back into fashion.

Most memorable game? First game for Australia against South Africa in South Africa, Grand Final in National Bank Cup in NZ, First Grand Final for Swifts where we thrashed the Thunderbirds

What’s one of the biggest things that has changed in the game since you first played netball? The players are fitter and more committed to training and having netball as a full-time occupation rather than a few times a week and games on the weekend. The game itself is faster and more physical and now as everyone is as fit as each other, the smartest players or the team that plays together often wins. One or 2 great players won’t win you games anymore…

Any current involvement with netball? Assistant Coach for NSW Swifts

Education:   Primary School: St John the Baptist, Woy Woy

High School: St Josephs, East Gosford and Corpus Christie, Tuggerah

Further Study: Bachelor of Human Movement, Graduate Diploma in Business

Occupation: Coaching

In my spare time I enjoy: Relaxing, sleeping, spending time with friends and shopping

Things I dislike include: Rude people

Other sports/hobbies: tennis

Favourite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favourite TV show: Offspring and Greys Anatomy

Favourite Singer/Band: R&B, Beyonce, Usher, Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys

Favourite Colour: Blue

Favourite Food: Vietnamese

Dream Job: A food and travel writer

Which sporting event would you love to attend? A Davis Cup Final in Spain

Most admired sports person: Martina Hingis, because of the way she thinks on the court, and Roger Federer because he makes everything look so easy but he is constantly trying to improve

Who do you enjoy an on court battle with? Peta Scholz and Liz Ellis

What would you spend your last $20 on? Probably a great coffee and a big mango

If you were a cartoon character who would you be? Sleepy – he gets to sleep all day

If I was on Australian Idol I would sing: I wouldn’t be – you haven’t heard me sing! No musical bones in my body!