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Netball superstar inspires fans ahead of the Beko Netball Final

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On Sunday, May 19, Beko Netball League wraps another successful season with Central Manawa and Waikato Bay of Plenty (WBOP) going head-to-head at the Grand Final at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.

The 2019 Beko Netball League Grand Final will once again treat fans to a high action game that culminates 12 weeks of round robin competitions. Commencing in March, the Beko Netball League was fundamental to strengthening Netball New Zealand’s performance pathway for new talent, with this season showcasing some of the most talented next generation netballers.

Renowned netball superstar, mother of two, and Beko’s Eat Like A Pro ambassador, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, has been keeping a close eye on the season and is thrilled to see Central Manawa make the Grand Final with WBOP.

"Judging by the support the teams have received this season, netball fans can’t get enough of the Beko Netball League and a huge congratulations is in order for both teams competing in this weekend’s grand final," said Ameliaranne.

"It’s going to be a real nail biter and I can’t wait to see my local team, Central Manawa, take to the court - I’ll be cheering them on from the sidelines. As a professional athlete, our strength and stamina come from what we put in our bodies so the biggest piece of advice I have for everyone playing this weekend is to have a healthy, big breakfast to give them loads of energy ahead of the big match.

"My role as Beko’s Eat Like A Pro ambassador means I’ve been able to attend several matches and all of the action on the court from all of the Beko Netball League teams has been incredible. I’ve also been able to give back to the netball community and fans who have been so supportive to me by spreading the ‘Eat Like a Pro’ message to help players, families and fans re-think their food choices, and ask themselves ‘how can I be healthier?’"

Danny Tanielu, Beko’s New Zealand Manager of Healthy Ambassadors, says the brand have been long-time investors in supporting grassroots talent in the sporting industry and have been thrilled with the performance by the Beko Netball League teams.

"For a long time now, Beko’s aim has been to raise awareness of childhood obesity on an international level and by partnering with Netball New Zealand and having the support of one of New Zealand’s most recognisable female faces on our team, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, has helped to change the way children and families view healthy eating," Mr Tanielu said.

"We have been on the ground at games throughout the country and the response to the Beko Netball League, Ameliaranne and the Eat Like A Pro campaign has been overwhelmingly positive."

Netball New Zealand Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie reflected on an amazing Beko Netball League season.

"We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of Beko as a major supporter of Netball in New Zealand which ensures the ongoing development and nurturing of our future crop of talented New Zealand netballers.

"We have seen a new level reached in the Beko Netball League this year which has been highlighted by the number of athletes who have made their mark in this competition and, when called upon, made a step up for higher honours.

"At all levels of the sport we recognise that maintaining adequate nutrition is important for overall health, growth and development on and off the court and our athletes play a key role in encouraging and inspiring healthy habits from the very beginning."

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