Jodi Brown - Ngāti Rārua

Jodi Brown - Ngati Rarua

Jodi Brown is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.

When Jodi Brown was 14 years old, she trialled for the Whanganui rep netball teams … she made it … into the U15, U17 and U19 grades!  It’s no surprise that Jodi continued on to become one of New Zealand’s most accomplished and best-known netball players. 

In domestic competition, Jodi has played for the length of the country.  Her teams include the Capital Shakers, Canterbury Flames, Auckland Diamonds, Otago Rebels (captain), Canterbury Tactix, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, Southern Steel (captain) and Central Pulse.

For twenty years, Jodi has been an integral player for New Zealand’s top netball teams– starting as a 16 year-old in 1997, when she made the NZ “Talent 2000” programme for the World Youth Champs.  A year later, she made the NZ A and NZ U21 teams.  She was captain of the U21s in 2000.  Then in 2002, Jodi was named in the Silver Ferns.  She stayed with the national team for the next 13 years, taking time out for injury and pregnancy.

Jodi has many achievements to her name, perhaps her best three are her young children.  She has managed to balance motherhood with a sporting career for the past eight years.

Jodi’s awards and positions of responsibility include:

  • 1998 & 1999 NZ Secondary School Netball Player of the Year
  • 2000-2014 Prime Minister’s Scholarship
  • 2008-2013 Board Member, New Zealand Netball Players Association
  • 2011-2013 Board Member, Dunedin Netball Centre
  • 2015 NZ Order of Merit for her services to netball

Jodi has just started hosting her own Netball show on Sky TV called ‘Netball Zone’.

Read more about the Bachelor of Applied Management at Otago Polytechnic.

See all the 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.