Vanessa Ware

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Vanessa Ware
Personal information
Born (1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 32)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Occupation Child care teacher
Netball career
Playing position(s): WA, C
Years Club team(s) Apps
Six years to 2007
New South Wales Swifts
Sydney Swifts
Last updated: 2009-03-30

Vanessa Ware (born 26 October 1985) is an Australian netball player in the ANZ Championship, playing for the New South Wales Swifts. She was one of the seven members to help the Swifts win the 2008 ANZ Championship Grand Final over Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. Although she did not make it into the Australian national netball team, she was made an invitee, able to train with the national team.

According to ANZ Away from the Game segment, Ware's mother was born in Uruguay. Ware is fluent in Spanish. She currently lives in the Sutherland Shire and is teaching team mate, Erin Bell Spanish.

Starting her netball career at the age of nine at the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, Vanessa, or Ness as she is known to her team-mates, is a determined and quiet achiever, always working hard with little fanfare to ensure a consistent supply of quality ball to the shooters.

A steady and thoughtful WA and C; she has a high work rate, a dynamic drive across the top of the circle and combines well with the players around her.

After her 2010 season was cut short by a knee injury in a regulation training drill, Vanessa made a successful return in 2011 and after a lot of hard work returned to her dynamic best and was rewarded by being named as a training partner for the Diamonds for their pre-World Championship training camp in Hong Kong.

Vanessa celebrated 10 years with the Club in 2012. In 2013, Vanessa notched her 60th ANZ Championship cap and 100th elite netball game (combined CBT and ANZ Championship) for the Swifts when she took the court against the Southern Steel in Round 7 of the 2013 ANZ Championship on Monday 6 May.

Vanessa Ware played her final elite netball game on Monday 24 June, after making the decision to retire. The Swifts sent her off with a win, 62-42 over the Canterbury Tactix, on their home court at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

Netball Career Highlights[edit]

  • Diamonds pre-World Championship training partner, 2011
  • 2008 ANZ Championship premiership
  • 2008 Australian Netball Squad
  • Winning Commonwealth Bank Trophy Premierships in 2004, 2006 & 2007 with Sydney Swifts
  • 2006 Australian 21/U Team