As a teenager in 2010, Amy Christophers was awarded a Magic contract but she never took the court.During the years following, she played some National Netball League and Centre level netball, completed her Masters in Engineering and travelled, but never made it back to the ANZ Premiership level until 2023.
Christophers (31) has relished being back in the Magic environment saying it’s been a really positive experience.
“I never thought the opportunity would come around again,” said the Tauranga raised rangy defender. “I’ve loved it.”
The best thing about the season for Christophers has been part of a high performance sport environment where everyone pushes each other and wants you to do your best.
Off the court Christophers said the friendships and connections have made this season special.
“Getting to know everyone better has been cool - everyone is so lovely.”
Being older Christophers has a different mindset from the early days. She’s taken the court six times off the bench during the ANZ Premiership season and has provided an ejection of energy in the defensive circle.
Her biggest impact came in the MG Mystics in Round 8 at Trusts Arena where she was awarded the Player of the Match.
“It was pretty cool to come on and feel like I stood up straight away.”
Her best highlight though was getting her Magic number.
“After all those years officially being part of the Magic whānau was a real milestone for me.”
During the ANZ Premiership Christophers has continued to work part time for Stratum Consultants as an Engineering Geologist.
“It’s been a balancing act but I’m lucky I could do both. I’ll go back to full time after the season finishes.”
And as the season end approaches, she reflects she’s learnt a lot about herself, about how she reacts to different situations and to enjoy every moment.
“The biggest lesson is never give up. I never thought I’d be here again - so take any opportunity you’re given.”