Pure As: Laura Langman
Follow Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman on her "journey full of luck" in the latest episode of Pure As, a mini documentary series on the Silver Ferns' personal journeys to World Cup glory.
How on earth did a homesick farm girl, who dreamed of growing up to be a calf club judge, become New Zealand's most capped Silver Fern and a netball legend on both sides of the Tasman?
Laura Langman puts it down, in part, to looking after the calves on a dairy farm in the Waikato settlement of Te Pahu. A place she once could never see herself leaving, she admits in Pure As, the mini documentary series made by Netball New Zealand.
It's where the Silver Ferns captain honed her "creative/problem solving skills" - skills that would help her to win a World Youth Cup, Commonwealth Games gold and, finally, the 2019 World Cup, on her third attempt.
In her story, Langman also reveals how she almost wrapped up her netball career in 2015; the joy of winning the first Super Netball premiership alongside her friend and coach Dame Noeline Taurua; the heartbreak of being unable to play for New Zealand; and the "unthinkable" of returning to the black dress and winning the World Cup in Liverpool.
Langman rewrites an old adage: "When you think one door shuts; another one opens... you get to go back sometimes and make sure it's shut, because sometimes you've left it open."
Six of the world champion Silver Ferns share their personal stories in the ‘Pure As’ series, giving insights into the Ferns’ individual journeys towards uplifting the World Cup in Liverpool. The first in the series featured Ameliaranne Ekenasio followed by Casey Kopua and Dame Noeline Taurua.
Episodes are released weekly through www.silverfans.co.nz and shown on LockerRoom every Saturday.