Mo`onia Gerrard`s Side Project

NSW Swifts defender Mo’onia Gerrard always has her hands full; she has just completed a gruelling 10-week International netball season with the Australian Diamonds, continuing to train hard in the gym, and visiting regional areas such as Bourke for the Womensport NSW Girls Get Active Gala Day last week.

This weekend, Mo’onia is travelling to her spiritual home country Tonga to oversee the Mo’onia Netball Cup – a competition for local Tongan girls to get active and have some fun!  The idea gave Mo’onia inspiration to hold a netball competition in Sydney to encourage girls of Pacific Island heritage to get active…the inaugural Oceania Netball Cup, held at the Anne Clark Centre in October.

Amongst all her netball commitments, Mo’onia also finds time to study to become a Personal Trainer at the ACPE Academy, part of the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), planning for life after netball.

“I’m currently studying to complete my Certificate III in Fitness, and then I can start my Certificate IV next year which on completion I will be a fully qualified personal trainer,” Mo’onia said.

“I’ve still got plenty of netball in me, plus I have a goal to make the Rugby Sevens team to represent Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio…but it has always been important for me to have a qualification on the side.”

“Trying to juggle my different commitments, where I am I training five to six days a week, running my own fashion business, plus my NSW Swifts commitments…it was important to me to find a higher education option that could be flexible, and ACPE certainly fits that category.”

Mo’onia explains she has a great working relationship with her subject coordinator, who understands the demands of being an athlete with commitments such as training schedule, travelling and balancing family life.

“My subject coordinator at ACPE Academy, Paul, is fantastic.  He is a huge help as most of the year I am studying via distance education…but I really try to get down to Sydney Olympic Park where classes are held as much as I can,” says Mo’onia.

With the netball season wrapped up for the year, Mo’onia is now preparing for 2013 to help take the NSW Swifts to their second ANZ Championship.

“We have a great team for 2013 and I have no doubt we can be the first team to win a dual ANZ Championship…I’m pumped for a fantastic season!”

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