Karin Burger

  • Sports
  • Speaker

Karin Burger is a dedicated full-time netballer based in Christchurch, representing both the Mainland Tactix and the Silver Ferns. Born in South Africa, Karin embarked on a life-changing journey at the age of 18, relocating to New Zealand to pursue her dreams in netball. Fuelled by ambition and a relentless drive, she left the comforts of home straight after school, determined to carve out a path to success on Kiwi soil.

Alongside her sporting pursuits, Karin has pursued higher education, studying Sport Management and Exercise Prescription, and is currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Nutrition), all while maintaining a demanding netball career. Balancing the demands of work, study, and sport has been a defining aspect of Karin's journey. Over the past eight years, she has proudly donned the colours of the Pulse in the ANZ Premiership, contributing to two championship victories in 2019 and 2020. Additionally, Karin has had the honour of representing the Silver Ferns for the last 7 years, the highlight being a triumphant Netball World Cup win in 2019. In recognition of her contributions, she was humbled to receive the ANZ Premiership Player of the Year award in 2021.

Since moving to Christchurch, Karin has attended and supported charity events – something she will continue to do more of in the future. Karin was also delighted to accept
a presenting and commentating role for the Fast5 Netball Series in 2022 and 2023. She hopes to pursue these roles further.

Beyond the realm of netball, Karin finds solace and joy in her passions for fashion and health. A firm believer in the importance of holistic well-being, she advocates for nurturing a healthy mind, body, and spirit, not just for herself but also those around her. Karin's values are rooted in kindness, integrity, and the pursuit of happiness. She strives to
spread joy and positivity in all that she does, drawing strength from the unwavering support of those around her. Karin firmly believes in the power of a positive mindset to overcome
challenges and achieve greatness.

In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Karin often shares her life journey story with others through public speaking and mentoring youth, inspiring others to pursue their
dreams relentlessly and endorsing that through hard work and dedication those dreams can be achieved.

Reflecting on her whirlwind journey over the past 12 years, Karin is grateful for the opportunities and people (especially the still strong connections with family) that have shaped her into the person she is today. By embracing adversities and taking calculated risks, she has unlocked new heights of success both on and off the court. Through it all, Karin has
learned the invaluable importance of knowing and staying true to oneself.