Former Adelaide Thunderbirds and Australian Diamonds captain, Nat von Bertouch, joined the prestigious group of South Australian sports people being inducted into the SA Sport Hall of Fame on Friday 24 November 2017.
Nat, who captained the Adelaide Thunderbirds to premierships in 2010 and 2013 and led the Diamonds to a gold medal at the 2011 World Netball Championships with a one-goal victory over New Zealand, said she is honoured to be a member of the SA Sport Hall of Fame.
“So few South Australian sports men and women have been given this honour,” Nat told Netball SA.
“It is quite incredible. It makes me feel very special and amazed about what I achieved in netball, and that it has been recognised in this way.
“There have been so many fantastic netballers from South Australia and I was lucky enough to play alongside several, but many haven’t received this honour, so I feel very privileged.”
Nat is the fifth netballer inductee, joining the list of elite players in Michelle den Dekker OAM, Kathryn Harby-Williams, Christine Burton OAM and Julie Francou.
When reminiscing on her admired career, which saw her regarded as one of the best centre court players in the modern era, Nat said the top highlight was playing netball for Australia alongside older sister, Laura – also a former Adelaide Thunderbird.
“That was the most special thing I could have hoped to achieve. It is amazing that we got to share it together and with our family,” she said.
“Both Laura and I loved playing netball. Growing up we spent a lot of time out in the backyard playing netball together, making up drills and pretending we were playing for Australia. We would even get Dad to come out and play along with us.
“You look back at those days in the backyard when we used to pretend we were playing for Australia and think how very fortunate we were to play at an elite level. I’m sure some of that backyard play got us there!
“The other highlights are obviously the premierships with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the world championship win – they’re hard to pick between.”
Nat thanked Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the support they provided throughout her career, and celebrated her Hall of Fame induction with her husband Jace, and parents at the SA Sport gala dinner.