Off the Court with Renae Hallinan

Staff Writers, Thursday, 1 September 2011.

1. Do you have a nickname?
Naebo, Naezy, Gadget

2. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Australian Netball Player, Physiotherapist

3. At what age did you start getting serious about playing netball?
About 15-16 when I had to decide between netball and basketball.  My first Victorian team was the Victorian Primary Schools Team in 1998.
4. After four years as a Melbourne Vixen, you will be playing with the Thunderbirds in 2012.  How tough was it to make this decision?
Extremely tough. I have played my whole netball career in Victoria and love the Melbourne Vixens. I just felt that I need to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Hopefully this will enable me to grow as a netballer and person! The Adelaide Thunderbirds is a fantastic fit for me both on and off the court and I cant wait to pull on the pink in the 2012 seaon!

5. We understand that in addition to your on-court role with the T Birds, you'll be doing some extra work with Netball SA. Can you tell us what you'll be doing with them?
I am still at university studying a Bachelor of Communications with a Public Relations major so I will be doing some work in the Media and Communications department which will tie in with my studies!

6. You were born and bred in Melbourne. Adelaide can sometimes get a bad rap; how are you adjusting to your new home town?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Adelaide so far. It is very easy to get around and the people are so nice - they certainly love their netball. I live close to the city, but also close to the beach - can't get much better than that!

7. What do you do when you're not training or playing netball?
I love spending time with family and friends! I am also a shopaholic who loves the beach! My favourite thing to do is to go out for breakfast, I have already found a few great places in Adelaide.

8. Apart from your athletic skills, do you have any other secret talents?
Unfortunately no secret talents!! I really wish I could sing!
9. What is your favourite home-cooked meal?
My Dad's curried sausages!

10. Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Auction Rooms in North Melbourne (for breakfast!!)

11. What are your favourite movie and TV show?
Favourite movie - Shawshank Redemption
Favourite TV shows - The Block, Law And Order!!
12. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
A lot of Jason Derulo and Bruno Mars at the moment.

13. What was the last book you read?
The Energy Bus - Jon Gordon

14. What can't you live without?
My family and friends, my Phone, my diary and my laptop!

15. What never fails to make you smile?
My family and friends!

16. What's the scariest thing youve ever done?
Going to the dentist!!

17. What's your ideal holiday destination?
Spain... But want to visit more of Europe in their summer!

18. Do you have a favourite quote / motto / other piece of advice you live by?
"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else!"

19. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Give us three names...
1) Michael Jordan 2) Oprah 3) Jennifer Aniston

20. If you could have any other job for a day, what would it be?
Host/Presenter on Getaway!!