Former South African Captain Irene van Dyk chose to make New Zealand her home in 2000 and became a New Zealand citizen in 2005. The goal shoot is considered one of the world's most recognizable netball players and is the most capped player, with 217 test caps and a 90% scoring rate from each game. 

Irene retired from international competition in June of 2014, completing 20 years of competition at the elite level. She is a firm favourite with Kiwi crowds wherever she plays and Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu called Irene "one of the true greats of the international game."

"She is the most-capped player in the world and an incredible role model to all aspiring netballers," said Taumaunu. 

While competing for the New Zealand team, Irene earned three Commonwealth Games medals - silver in Manchester, 2002, gold in Melbourne, 2006, and gold again in Delhi, 2010. At the Delhi Games, Irene was selected as flag bearer for the New Zealand team entering the opening ceremony.