Not featuring since the 2018 Commonwealth Games, hard-working midcourter Shannon Saunders (nee Francois) won her spot back in the Silver Ferns for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool on the back of an impressive domestic season.
A stalwart in the Steel midcourt where she predominantly plays centre, Saunders started out as a wing attack, so provides the necessary cover to play both positions to a high standard.
The opportunity to have a full pre-season with the Steel and refocus her priorities have given Saunders a new lease of life, the tireless midcourter delivering a succession of consistent and top-quality performances during 2019.
Saunders got her break for higher honours in 2013 when called into the Silver Ferns squad as cover and quickly made a mark with her speed and fitness levels while also making her debut. She remained a permanent fixture until 2018.
A product of Motueka High School, near Nelson, Saunders’ Netball career gained traction when she headed to Otago University, finding her niche with a young Southern Steel team and going on to become an integral member since joining them in 2012.
A no-frills type of player, Saunders is a whole-hearted performer who can match it with the best through her dogged determination, relentless commitment and ability to execute.
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