April Ieremia

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April Ieremia
Personal information
Born (1967-10-31) 31 October 1967 (age 46)
Occupation Television broadcaster
Netball career
Playing position(s): GA
Last updated: 30 March 2010

April Ieremia (born 31 October 1967)[1] is a New Zealand former netball player and television host.

Netball career[edit]

Ieremia was a New Zealand goal-attack player, playing provincial netball for Canterbury from 1986–96. At age 20, Ieremia represented the Silver Ferns (New Zealand's national netball team) at the 1987 Netball World Championships, remaining with the team until her retirement in 1996. Ieremia also contested the 1991 and 1995 Netball World Championships and as many international test series. Ieremia gained 52 caps for the Silver Ferns and captained the side for a test series against Wales in 1992.

Sports Presenting career[edit]

After retiring from international netball, Ieremia became the sports anchor for ONE News from 1994 until 2003. In 1994, she began presenting for ONE Sport hosting at the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the 2003 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She also hosted national netball competitions for One Sport from 1995 including the National Bank Cup, Fisher and Paykel Internationals and the World Netball Championships in 1999 and 2003. In 2002, April hosted ASB Classic international tennis championship in Auckland featuring Anna Kourikova and the men's Heinekin Open with Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic. April co-hosted the Halberg Sports Awards from 1994 - 2003. April retired from sports presenting at TVNZ in December, 2003.

General television career[edit]

Beyond sport, Ieremia also hosted a television show called April's Angels, a programme shown on TV2 in 1997 and 1998.[2] April hosted a television talk show on SKY Television's Living called April in the afternoon. The show started on April 1st, 2008.

Four years on, April co-hosts a ChoiceTV chat show called Brunch with Josh Kronfeld.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Apia, Western Samoa, April moved to Christchurch with her family in 1970. She played netball and basketball before settling on netball. Starting in 1986, she played on the Canterbury Netball team, New Zealand Under 21's and the Young Internationals before moving to the Silver Ferns in 1988.

Graduating from the University of Canterbury, April completed a diploma of teaching at the Christchurch College of Education in 1990.

In 1993, April moved to Auckland to host television sports show, MORO SPORTS EXTRA with Greg Clark, Stu Wilson, Jeff Crowe and Brett Todd. She also represented Waikato in Netball.

In 2012, April published a book, "APRIL LOSES It", about her weight loss.

April lives on Auckland's North Shore with daughter Atlanta and son Alexander. When April married Andrew Bruce in 2002, she became April Bruce for a short time.[3] In 2006 they divorced, after which April reverted to her maiden name.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "April Ieremia and Brent Todd". Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  2. ^ TVNZ profile. She returned to TV, joining the Living Channel and Food TV on Sky in 2007.
  3. ^ "First baby brings delight for TV's newlywed April". The New Zealand Herald. 31 August 2002. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Cook, Stephen (27 August 2006). "Wedded bliss no more for Ieremia". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2008.