Jenny-May Clarkson

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Jenny-May Clarkson
Personal information
Born (1974-04-09) 9 April 1974 (age 43)
Te Kuiti, New Zealand
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Spouse Dean Clarkson
Netball career
Playing position(s): WA, C
Last updated: 18 October 2009

Jenny-May Clarkson (née Coffin; 9 April 1974 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand) is a New Zealand netball player and sports commentator. Coffin previously played for the Silver Ferns, New Zealand's national netball team, for which she was the vice-captain in 2001. She also played for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the National Bank Cup between 1998–2004 and the Auckland Diamonds in 2007; she also played one season in the ANZ Championship in 2008 for the Southern Steel, and is signed to play with the Northern Mystics in 2010. Coffin is currently a sports commentator and news presenter for TVNZ and Māori Television.

International netball[edit]

Jenny-May Coffin played for the Silver Ferns from 1997–2002. She was vice-captain in 2001, and represented the Silver Ferns at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 1999 Netball World Championships and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made 26 caps for the Ferns before retiring from international netball at the end of 2002.[1][2]

Domestic netball[edit]

Jenny-May Coffin has been playing in New Zealand domestic netball leagues since 1995 and the National Bank Cup since 1998. She started playing for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic in 1998 and in 2000 was appointed captain. She left the Magic in 2004, going into retirement and worked as a sports presenter on TVNZ. She returned to netball in 2006 and played in the National Championships before playing in the Auckland Diamonds as captain in 2007. With the National Bank Cup replaced by the ANZ Championship in 2008, Coffin was signed with the Southern Steel on a two-year contract. However, she pulled out of the team after the first season to focus on her television career.[3] Coffin announced her return to competitive netball in October 2009, signing with the Northern Mystics for the 2010 ANZ Championship season.[4]


Coffin first joined TVNZ in 2005 as the netball commentator for the National Bank Cup on ONE Sport. In March of that year she was announced as the weekend sports presenter and sports producer during the weekdays. In 2006, she regained her role on ONE Sport and she rejoined the netball commentating team. In 2007, she played for the Auckland Diamonds netball team. She presented sport on TV One on Mondays and Tuesdays, and commentated some National Bank Cup games. She was a news presenter on TVNZ 7 before TVNZ dropped the station.[5]


  1. ^ Tiriana, Ingrid (17 December 2004). "Coffin calls time on court career". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "You've got mail: Jenny-May Coffin". New Idea New Zealand (online). 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Jenny-May Coffin quits Steel for TV". The Southland Times. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Johannsen, Dana (15 October 2009). "Coffin to make comeback at top level". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "TVNZ profile: Jenny-May Coffin". Retrieved 15 April 2009. 

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