Silver Ferns unfazed at prize money void despite rival nation's bonus
July 24, 2019 8:05 am
The Silver Ferns aren’t fazed by their lack of prize money for winning netball’s World Cup despite fourth-placed South Africa receiving $130,000.
South African netball’s sponsor – the Spar supermarket chain – stumped up $1.2 million Rand after the Proteas lost the bronze medal game to England.
The Silver Ferns received no prize money for beating defending champions Australia to win their fifth World Cup title in Liverpool in stark contrast to the Black Caps, who shared $3 million for their
Cricket World Cup silver medal finish last week.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern challenged Silver Ferns sponsors on Tuesday to consider awarding their world champion players a bonus.
But money was the last thing on the Silver Ferns’ minds when they landed with the World Cup trophy at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday morning.
“Netball’s netball and it’s never been a massive paying sport,” defender Jane Watson said.
“That isn’t why we play it or else we probably wouldn’t be playing it. We love the game and representing your country and to actually win a gold medal, there’s not many people that can say they’ve done it, so that by itself, it’s outstanding.”