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Team Bios

Riz Borja
President

BORN: Manila, Philippines

HEIGHT: 5'2"

POSITIONS: WA and WD

NETBALL CAREER: I started playing in primary school through to high school, then took a break when I moved to America in 1998. Found SD United in 2006 and rejoined in 2010 cuz I missed it so much.

INTERESTING FACTS: I’m from an extremely tight knit family that extends to over 100 people (maybe more with 3 generations all on my dad’s side) & I’m the oldest child of 2 & my dad’s the youngest of 12.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Netball & the girls is the closest thing I get to being back home -- Keeps me from being homesick all the time.

WORST JOB EVER HAD: Door-to-door sales & prompting for a request for funds that essentially wasn’t considered as a “donation.” What made it the worst job was that it was commission based so up to 12hrs of wandering the streets & some days you walk away empty handed.

BEST JOB EVER HAD: Still working on it ~ Special Events & Planning.

Tanya Jewell
Vice President
Tournament Coordinator

BORN: Sydney, Australia

HEIGHT: 6 ft

POSITIONS: GA/GS and GD/GK

NETBALL CAREER: I played competitive club netball from primary school through university in Australia. After moving to the US, I had a 10-year break before joining San Diego United Netball Club in April 2006.

INTERESTING FACTS: I attended 12 different schools growing up.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Fun social sport that helps me stay fit.

Heather Schafer
Treasurer

BORN: Los Angeles, CA, USA

HEIGHT: 5'9"

POSITIONS: TBD - I'm having a great time playing them all!

NETBALL CAREER: Started playing Spring 2007 with SD United.

INTERESTING FACTS: I like to swim in the ocean.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: It’s a fun game with a lot of action
and teamwork. I’ve met a lot of people and I’ve learned several new words/phrases!

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Taking inventory at 2 past jobs-ugh. The jobs weren’t bad-just the inventory

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: I still love my old profession as a paralegal. I also taught handicapped children to ride horses-very rewarding.

Claire Taylor

BORN: Stoke on Trent, UK

HEIGHT: 5'6"

POSITIONS: GA and WA

NETBALL CAREER: Started playing aged 8 and played all the way through school, representing Staffordshire and being selected for Shropshire Schools and for West Midlands Trials. Played one year at college and rediscovered netball in 2010 at San Diego United!

INTERESTING FACTS: I have Blink 182 to thank for meeting my husband. I was a flight attendant in Bahrain and my husband was with the Navy. Blink played a concert on the Base and afterwards my husband went to the same bar as me and the rest is history!

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I’ve made new friends and re-connected with my misspent youth!

WORST JOB EVER HAD: Kitchen slave in an old folk's home!

BEST JOB EVER HAD: Flight attendant on corporate jets in the US.

Barbara Woods
Past President

BORN: Saginaw, Michigan, USA

HEIGHT: 5'5"

POSITIONS: WD and GK

NETBALL CAREER: Started in March 2007 when a Brit I was working with, introduced me to the wonderfully energetic sport of NETBALL!!  After I figured out that it wasn't basketball or volleyball, I gave it a try and love it!  Now I just have to remember that netballers don't dribble!

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I started playing because it got me back into fitness, and stay because the women are all brilliantly amazing! And of course because... NETBALL ROCKS!

WORST JOB EVER HAD: Working Christmas season at a department store.

BEST JOB EVER HAD: My current job as a Bioassay Lab Manager at UCSD. I love my research and getting paid to live in Southern California. Who could ask for anything more!

Sharon Semple

BORN: Singapore

HEIGHT: 5' 9"

POSITIONS: GD, GK

NETBALL CAREER: Started playing at 11 for the school, went on to play for Fareham and Fleet, had a break between 1998 and 2003 while living in Sweden and then began again for San Diego United. Retired 2 years ago and am wheeled out for International Day!

INTERESTING FACTS: I am a Trekkie.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Because of the camaraderie.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Never had a job I hated.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: The ones I have now.

Naomi Hooper

BORN: Norwich, England

HEIGHT: 5' 5"

POSITIONS: Anywhere but GA/GS

NETBALL CAREER: Played netball all through school from the age of 10. Also played in the Norfolk Squad. More recently played in a team called the Knights in the Norwich league.

INTERESTING FACTS: New to America and got married in Las Vegas.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I’ve played for 20 years and still love it. Also love the social side of the netballing world!

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Paper round!

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Homemaker!! AKA lady of leisure!

Nitya

BORN: India

HEIGHT: A wishful 6ft;

POSITIONS: WA/GA

NETBALL CAREER: Started in primary school and was on and off after that, but definitely back on now in San Diego!

INTERESTING FACTS: I am a born in India Australian who's accent is turning American sooner than expected

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Apart from the fitness it's definitely the team spirit!

WORST JOB EVER HAD: none so far

BEST JOB EVER HAD: I used to (and still do) teach science half the time and do science half the time and I love doing both.

David Klein

BORN: Chicago, Illinois

HEIGHT: 5'8"

POSITIONS: Anywhere

NETBALL CAREER: I was introduced to Netball during a four week training session at the ‘Y’ in July 2009. It was a great workout in between soccer seasons and I enjoyed finding a new sport since I’m a competition junkie. I was happily surprised when SD United invited me to join the team, it’s been a blast, especially playing in tournaments and meeting new people.

INTERESTING FACTS: I now know what a skort is but I’m not quite brave enough to wear one on court.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I’ve met some awesome people who were very supportive of an American guy learning how to play their sport, and I’ve been ‘educated’ in all sorts of interesting British phrases. Oh, the social events aren’t bad either.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Summer job in college as a telemarketer. It was a horrible experience having to cold call people and convince them to buy junk they neither wanted nor needed.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Spent a career in the Navy, saw the world and managed to settle in paradise – San Diego!

Celia Jenkinson

BORN: Oxford, England

HEIGHT: 5' 9"

POSITIONS: WA, GA

NETBALL CAREER: School, University, Club

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Fitness, fun and socializing

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Once worked on a prawn-trawler in Australia for 6 weeks

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Working in a bar during America's Cup

Steph Edmunds

BORN: Sydney, Australia

HEIGHT: 5' 4"

POSITIONS: C and WA

NETBALL CAREER: I started playing when I was 8. I played for a year with the Phoenix Heat and now with San Diego United.

INTERESTING FACTS: I won Victrix Ludorum at school for Sport.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I love playing because it’s fun. I love playing in America because of all the great people from all over the world you get to meet.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Beach lifeguard

Laura Rakotz

BORN: Kyabram, Australia

HEIGHT: 5' 2"

POSITIONS: C, WA, WD, GS, GA

NETBALL CAREER: A Grade Premiership with Lancaster in 2007. Played with Kyabram 2005-6, Lancaster 2007-8.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Reminds me of home and keeps me active and sane.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Check out chick at a grocery store.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Working for the parents - easy money!

Karen Getten-Powell

BORN: Kingston, Jamaica

HEIGHT: 5' 2"

POSITIONS: WA, GA & GS

NETBALL CAREER: Discovered the sport in 2nd form of High school played junior and senior high school leagues. Made Jamaica's Under 19 and 21 National teams and also Jamaica Business House All Stars. Played Jamaica National Leagues and Business House Leagues prior to relocating to the US, where I continued to play.

INTERESTING FACTS: Hmmmm I guess I'm a pretty plain person, nothing interesting about me.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: It kept me balanced as a young person and is also great stress reliever and you meet so many people

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Telemarketer with a Time Share Company

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Being a stay at home mom!

Kerrin Jasper

BORN: Albany, Australia

HEIGHT: 180cm

POSITIONS: GD, GK

NETBALL CAREER: Played netball since 7 years old. Played A grade netball in Perth for 10 years and State league in Perth for 5 years.

INTERESTING FACTS: Love horse riding. Commute to Australia every 3 months.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Fitness, socialization and keeps me moving. Love the comradarie and friendships made.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Nursing! Dish pig at Winery

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Nursing! Being a Mummy :)

Kate West

BORN: Kent, England

HEIGHT: 158cm

POSITIONS: WA, GA and C

NETBALL CAREER: Since age 7 – school, university and local leagues.

INTERESTING FACTS: Am one of 9 children.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Running round after a ball to keep fit is much more fun than going to the gym.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Kitchen hand in a smelly pub

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Working for Pfizer in California.

Fiona Tuite-Hamilton

BORN: Sydney, Australia

HEIGHT: 5' 6"

POSITIONS: C, WA, WD

NETBALL CAREER: Highschool and university.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Friends, fun and fitness.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Cleaning plates at a senior peoples center.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Traveling the world for Macy's.

Kerry Gottschalk

BORN: Northern Ireland

HEIGHT: 5'8"

POSITIONS: GS

NETBALL CAREER: Played from primary school through high school and now.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Great fun!

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Cafe

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Youth Worker

Denise Cook

BORN: England

HEIGHT: 5' 4"

POSITIONS: WA/WD/C

NETBALL CAREER:Primary school and local league (beginners) adult

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Keeping fit and social/making friends

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Homemaker in California!

Rachael Easterbrook

BORN: Liverpool, England

HEIGHT: 5' 4"

POSITIONS: WA, GA, C

NETBALL CAREER: All through school ages 10+. Liverpool team 16-18.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Haven't really had any bad ones.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: Working for Hugo Boss (lots of discount clothes)

Bex Cowie

BORN: Aberdeen, Scotland

HEIGHT: 5' 5"

POSITIONS: Still working that out. So far WA/WD

NETBALL CAREER: I played socially at school - over 10 years ago - before finding San Diego Netball.

INTERESTING FACTS: I grew up in New Zealand and went to Antarctica for my PhD research.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: I enjoy keeping active and being social.

WORST JOB EVER HAD!: Any of my past waitressing jobs.

BEST JOB EVER HAD!: My current job - although I think living in sunny California helps!

Bev Pamensky Murray

BORN: Johannesburg, South Africa

HEIGHT: 5' 4"

POSITIONS: GA, GS, WA

NETBALL CAREER: Played at school from age 6.

INTERESTING FACTS: Due to my love for netball, I started the San Diego United Netball Club in 2003.

WHY NETBALL IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: It is a great team sport and I have always enjoyed the administrative aspect of netball.

 
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