When experts talk about the best netball defenders in the world, Geva Mentor's name is consistently mentioned. The England international has had a stellar career in the sport and collected many accolades, titles and medals since bursting onto the scene in 2001.
Her longevity in the sport from a young age has seen her become a recognisable sports figure particularly in England, Australia and New Zealand. The trademark braids, beaming smile and her down to earth nature make Geva a well respected individual in the community. Her passion to make a positive impact makes her a great role model for all that have the opportunity to meet her.
Geva's all round talent is exceptional; she was a junior British trampolinist, is a keen kayaker, sailor and horse rider amongst many other sports. Selected for England at just 15 years of age, Geva has built a career around athleticism, the ability to read the play and a desire to do what's needed to be the very best. After three seasons with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, including a Premiership and Grand Final MVP award in 2010, Geva moved to Melbourne to join the Vixens. She had continued success, winning the 2014 Premiership, three club Best & Fairest and two Runner up awards in the six years.
2017 was a stand out year for Geva as she led the Sunshine Coast Lightning to the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Premiership. Geva was honoured to be selected Captain in an incredibly strong playing group and she led by example all year with numerous best on court performances. She also took home both the Club and League MVP accolades, as well as being selected Suncorp Super Netball GK of the year.
Geva achieved the pinnacle in her sport with the English Roses, as they reached the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold medal match for the first time in history. They claimed the gold medal in a 1 goal thriller against the Australian Diamonds on the Gold Coast in XXI Commonwealth Games.