Off the Court with Temepara George

Staff Writers, Monday, 12 September 2011.

1. Do you have a nickname?
Bubbs or Bubby.
 
2. 2011 was an outstanding year for the Mystics, finishing No.1 for New Zealand; making the Finals Series for the first time; finally winning on Australian soil; and becoming the first team to make the Grand Final from fourth position. What was your personal highlight as a Mystics player?
FINALS Netball and everything that comes with it.
 
3. Can the Mystics go one better in 2012?
TOTALLY. Personally I think we can.
 
4. You have just retired from the Silver Ferns but stayed with the ANZ Championship for 2012 - what was the reasoning behind that decision?
I felt it was the right time to retire Internationally. I absolutely love the ANZ Champs and our team the Mystics, so why not play another year :)
 
5. You won NZ's Dancing with the Stars in 2008. Have you always been a natural dancer? What did you enjoy most about being a contestant on the show?
OF COURSE haha I really enjoyed the challenge of learning 10 different styles of Ball Room dance, it was hard but fun, I also loved dressing up in the gorgeous costumes and getting our makeup done. I met a lot of new people and made a lifelong friend with my partner Stefano Oliveri who was just an amazing and beautiful person.
 
6. What do you do when you're not training or playing netball i.e. hobbies or interests?
At the moment we are trying to build a home so that is keeping me busy, but as always when there is down time away from netball I love hanging out with my daughter Jusdean 17yrs and my son Erin-Wayne 14yrs, and of course my fiance Wayne.
 
7. Apart from your athletic skills, do you have any other secret talents (apart from dancing!)?
I really love to BAKE, hmmmhh yum yum.
 
8. What is your favourite home-cooked meal?
My fiance's cooking; everything from his chicken curry to his chinese noodle soup. I also love my mum's bacon and egg pie hmmmhh I could go on and on as I think I just love FOOD in general :);)
 
9. Do you have a favourite restaurant?
I am really loving vietnamese food at the moment, we have been to a few restaurants and I have loved them all...
 
10. What are your favourite movie and TV show?
I could watch Burlesque over and over, I think it has something to do with the dancing and singing :)
Favourite TV show at the moment is NCIS or I really crack up at My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (Thursday nights at 8.30pm) hahaha.
 
11. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Anastacia - Paid my Dues
 
12. What was the last book you read?
OPEN - Andre Agassi.
 
13. What can't you live without?
My kids.
 
14. What never fails to make you smile?
Our pets when they are entertaining each other. We have a Griffon named Nahla, a Sphynx cat named Bonny and a British Bulldog called Moses. They are adorable!
 
15. What's the scariest thing youve ever done?
Abseiling down the Sky Tower.
 
16. What's your ideal holiday destination?
Ideal holiday destination has to have lots of sun, cool water, fab food and great company.
 
17. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Give us three names...
My dad (sadly he passed away in 2002); Wayne Bennett (amazing coach); Beyonce.