HOME STRAIGHT: Katrina Anderson hit the final 100m in her 400m race at the North Island Masters in Whakatane late last year. Photo File D9290-14

Katrina Anderson is not one to sit down and relax.

Anderson, a former netball star with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and NSW Swifts, had a successful career on the court as a dynamic midcourter before retiring to start a family.

Anderson moved to New Zealand with her husband, Jeremy, and set up a base in the Eastern Bay where they have remained ever since.

Netball wasn’t on her radar when moving to New Zealand but a chance encounter with netball staff from the Magic saw her take up an opportunity with the National Bank Cup side.

Since retiring at the completion of the eight team National Bank Cup in 2007, after falling pregnant with daughter Lily, Anderson has been keeping busy doing plenty of running – competitively and socially.

“I enjoyed netball and playing it at the top but I wanted to start a family so I retired and now I have two awesome children in Finn and Lily, who love sport.”

Anderson played alongside some Silver Fern stalwarts during her couple of seasons in the black and orange of the Magic, Irene Van Dyk, Leanna De Bruin, Joeline Henry, Laura Langman, Casey Kopua and Jenny May Coffin.

“They were a great bunch of ladies to play alongside. It was good fun.”

Now her talents lie in the running arena with Anderson seen running plenty of miles to stay active.

She still remains involved with netball, taking a future ferns programme at Te Puke, where her daughter Lily would play, but they have since moved to Matata so Anderson is going to look at helping the Whakatane Association in some way.

“I am helping manage Lily’s intermediate year seven and eight team but I thought I might take up the umpires course and help out that way as well.”

Since taking up running, Anderson has joined the Whakatane Athletics and Harriers Club like her two children and loves it.

She is the junior club captain and is often seen organising things in preparation for training each week or their trips away to compete.

“I thought I would give it a go since the kids were doing it and we were always down here at the athletics club.”

While she has only competed competitively in the masters section a couple of times, with the running events her forte, Anderson enjoyed the experience.

“I loved competing and hopefully in the future I might be able to run in a few more masters events. But for the moment, I am happy following my children and watching them do incredibly well.

“I actually did quite well at some of the throwing events when I was younger, and I think Finn has picked that up from me. Lily is an incredibly fast runner.”

She is full of praise for the athletics and harriers club, which has been fantastic to her and her children, and they all enjoy the laid back Eastern Bay lifestyle.

“I am pretty busy but it’s a good thing. I enjoy sport and keeping active.”