Melbourne Vixen and England International netballer Geva Mentor was one of 108 City of Melbourne residents that officially became an Australian citizen today during an Australia Day citizenship ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall.
Now a dual citizen of England and Australia, 31-year old Mentor has spent the past nine years in Australia playing netball in the ANZ Championship, the world’s best netball league.
“It’s been a long process but to finally achieve this personal goal of Australian citizenship, I’m beyond excited to officially be part of the Australian community, which I feel I’ve been a firm part of for a number of years now," Mentor said.
Mentor recently captained the England Netball team to a bronze medal at the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney and said representing England would always remain a top priority.
“It’s important for me to clarify that since making the England Netball team at the age of 15, I have no ambition to represent any other country and am proud to have over 100 Test caps to my name so far."
“Although I’ve gained my Australian citizenship, I have no intentions to play for Australia.”
"I’m lucky enough to be able to compete in Australia with the Melbourne Vixens and I look forward to continuing to contribute both on and off the court to the sport down under."
"I want to give back to the community long after my netball career, hence my return to University in 2016 where I will study a Bachelor of Education, with the end goal of becoming a teacher in Australia."
Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens confirmed Mentor would remain an import player in the 2016 ANZ Championship season.
"We are very pleased that Geva has achieved this milestone but it is important to note Geva’s status as an import player for the Melbourne Vixens remains unchanged," said Netball Victoria General Manager - High Performance and Commercial Michelle Gerdtz.
"We understand and support her commitment to continue playing netball for England."