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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 31, 2012
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The Pulse of a busy lifestyle
Two jobs: Besides playing netball, Ngarama Milner-Olsen works fulltime as a
All business: Ngarama Milner-Olsen directs play during a Pulse training
Photos: AMY JACKMAN
Who is Pulse player Ngarama
Nicknames: Nga, Nigz
Playing positions: Wing
Job: Personal trainer
Favourite TV show: CSI
Favourite cartoon character:
Favourite food before a
game: Chicken, cranberry,
spinach and cheese panini
A professional netballer's week is a constant juggle of personal,
professional and netball lives. Amy Jackman talked to Central Pulse
player Ngarama Milner-Olsen about her balancing act.
By the time most of us fin-
ish our first cup of coffee,
Central Pulse player
Ngarama Milner-Olsen has
already put in two hours work.
Like many netballers, she has
a fulltime job on top of her
commitments to the ANZ trans-
Players are paid at least
$12,000 a season. The best
players can earn up to $50,000,
but that is rare.
Pay has risen but is still too
low for players to make a living
solely from their sport.
That means their lives are a
constant juggling act between
different aspects of their life.
Milner-Olsen, 29, is a self-
employed personal trainer and
her day starts at 6am.
She has a break at 10.30am to
attend her first Pulse training of
the day, a weights or fitness
session. Then it s back to work
in various gyms around Welling-
ton until 4pm.
Three nights a week she also
has team training until 8.30pm.
When there is no team training,
she works until 6pm.
An away game means she will
be out of Wellington for up to
three days a week.
Milner-Olsen said a net-
baller s life was not what she
Being semi-professional is
harder than being professional
because the expectations are
still the same; to deliver. Com-
pared to the National Bank Cup,
it s like having another part-
time job, she said.
You re on the road for half a
week, then have half a week
back in normality.
You train every morning and
also at least three times a week
in the evening. I m pretty fortu-
nate I work for myself so I can
liaise my clients around my
Milner-Olsen said one of the
biggest misconceptions in the
sport was the term day off .
Say we play on the Monday,
then we get the Tuesday off as a
recovery session, she said.
When we say Tuesday off, it s
not totally off. We are in recov-
ery, doing pool sessions, yoga
sessions, stretch sessions. It is
all about the body recovering
and preparing it to go again.
The glamour of travel was
also a misconception, Milner-
Really we only see the air-
port, the hotel and the stadium,
I enjoy being able to go to
different parts of New Zealand
and Australia, but we are not
there for travel or shopping.
We re there for work. We go in,
get the job done and get out.
Milner-Olsen laughed when
asked about her personal life.
She said her life was so busy she
scheduled time to see her family.
I have to schedule time for
my husband during the day. It s
that bad. Even if it s just a quick
coffee and catch up because at
night we don t really get to have
that time, she said.
My husband is a big support
and understands I m going to be
on the road and that I m going to
be around sparingly.
But we make the most of the
time we do have together. He
loves sport, so he totally
She does not have children
and said she did not know how
the players who do juggled the
I don t know if I could juggle
everything if I had children. I
take my hat off to people who do
and are in the competition. But
it s not something I would be
able to do. I do it with no chil-
dren and find it tough.
Milner-Olsen said in the end
it came down to your love of the
It is busy but workable. You
wouldn t do it if you didn t have
a passion for netball.
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