Tania Dalton

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Tania Dalton
Personal information
Full name Tania Mary Dalton (née Nicholson)
Born (1971-11-26)26 November 1971
Takapuna, New Zealand
Died 1 March 2017(2017-03-01) (aged 45)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Occupation Sports commentator
Spouse Duane Dalton
Children 3
Netball career
Playing position(s): GS, GA

Tania Mary Dalton (née Nicholson; 26 November 1971 – 1 March 2017)[1] was a New Zealand international netball player. After retiring from playing professionally, she worked as a netball commentator on SKY Sports for international tests, the ANZ Championship and National Championships, alongside former internationals Anna Stanley, Natalie Avellino, Kathryn Harby-Williams and Bernice Mene. Dalton was also a part owner of the franchise food outlet chain, Pita Pit New Zealand Limited.[2]


Dalton was a member of the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns from 1996–2004 and 2006–07; she was also named in 2005 but was forced out through injury. She played domestic netball for the Northern Force from 1998 until 2000, and the championship-winning Southern Sting from 2002–2006.[3] She was part of the 2003 Netball World Championships winning Silver Ferns squad. She made 12 caps for the Silver Ferns in total, playing in the positions of goal shooter (GS) and goal attack (GA). In 2007, she withdrew from the Silver Ferns to concentrate on family commitments.

In 2008, Dalton made a minor comeback to elite netball replacing injured Australian import Megan Dehn in the Southern Steel line. She did not take the court but was also offered a two-game contract by Northern Mystics who lost Paula Griffin to injury, which she declined.[4]

During the 2011 ANZ Championship pre-season, Southern Steel shooter Daneka Wipiiti injured her ankle and was ruled out of action for up to a week. Dalton returned to the Steel as a temporary replacement player on 14 February that year.[5]


Dalton collapsed on 23 February 2017 while playing a regular game of social touch rugby in her home suburb of Takapuna, Auckland. She was running at the time and was not injured in the game. She was immediately hospitalised in a critical condition with a ruptured internal carotid artery aneurysm.[2] On 28 February, her family agreed to the removal of her life support therapy. She died on 1 March.[6]


  1. ^ "Get to know the Silver Ferns". NZ Girl. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton critically ill after collapsing at touch rugby". 26 February 2017 – via New Zealand Herald. 
  3. ^ "Southern Steel: team list". Retrieved 17 March 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Steel win SOS call for Dalton". The Southland Times. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Egan, Brendon (10 February 2011). "Injury-hit Steel make shock call for Dalton". The Southland Times. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Netball great Tania Dalton 'put up fight of life', but couldn't win". New Zealand Herald. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.