Kristen Hughes

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Kristen Hughes
Personal information
Full name Kristen Hughes (née Heinrich)
Born (1979-08-28) 28 August 1979 (age 35)
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Occupation Sales representative
Netball career
Playing position(s): GS, GA
Last updated: 2009-03-20

Kristen Hughes (née Heinrich; born 28 August 1979) is an Australian netball player, who played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship in 2008.

Kristen received her first call up to the Australian Netball Team in June 2004, after Australian shooter Catherine Cox was injured a week before the team was due to fly to New Zealand for a Test Series against the Silver Ferns. She now has 5 international test caps, always playing as goal shooter and is a member of the current Australian Team.

After Hughes was selected in the Australian 21U Squad in 1999 while playing with the Adelaide Ravens, her sporting career stagnated as the Ravens were wooden spooners, then were forced to leave the national league, making way for the Australian Institute of Sport team, the AIS Canberra Darters. Star coach of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Marg Angove, saw her potential and recruited her. Her strengths include accurate shooting, energy, movement, and a tricky use of "the roll" to avoid defenders and open the shooting circle for an effective threading of the ball.