PM Schols: Silver Fern Anna Thompson

Christchurch-based Silver Fern Anna Thompson has received a Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship for the past six years, benefitting from the scholarship in a number of areas.  

She has studied Travel and Tourism, Massage Therapy, Photography and this year will begin a Diploma in Interior Design. 

"All of these courses have been beneficial in many ways," explains Anna. 

"Life after netball is something I think is really important to consider, so for me knowing that I have a variety of skills to use when netball finishes gives me confidence in my future," she says. 

While athletes on scholarship prioritise their sport, studying to give them qualifications outside of their sport is also important.  The ability to study while having a hectic training schedule and national sporting commitments helps athletes gain qualifications while also providing some life balance. Anna says this gives her a balanced mind which positively reflects on how she plays on the court.

"The support I've received from the Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship has been fantastic, allowing me to educate myself and put everything into my netball."