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An inspiring memoir by England netball star and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geva Mentor. **Includes an exclusive 15% discount code for Gilbert Netball** Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography, Leap, she sheds light on her journey to the top. As a child Geva was a naturally gifted athlete, standing out at 5'10" at An inspiring memoir by England netball star and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geva Mentor. **Includes an exclusive 15% discount code for Gilbert Netball** Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography, Leap, she sheds light on her journey to the top. As a child Geva was a naturally gifted athlete, standing out at 5'10" at the age of twelve. She began life as a champion trampolinist, but when she outgrew the sport, literally, she found she had to try something new. This led her to basketball, but the boys on the other teams complained - she was just too good. Making up the numbers for an impromptu netball match one day at the age of thirteen she found her home in netball - or rather it found her.From here, Geva's rise amongst the ranks of British netball was stratospheric, she was playing for the England senior team when she was just fifteen years old. Taking risks and forging the way for other athletes Geva moved to Australia to develop her game by playing in the best league in the world and eventually winning Commonwealth gold with the England Roses. However, it's not all been easy, both on and off the court, and Geva talks honestly about her personal life, and how the difficulties and failures of her teams, both international and domestic, have driven her on to achieve the highest possible success in the sport.


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An inspiring memoir by England netball star and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geva Mentor. **Includes an exclusive 15% discount code for Gilbert Netball** Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography, Leap, she sheds light on her journey to the top. As a child Geva was a naturally gifted athlete, standing out at 5'10" at An inspiring memoir by England netball star and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geva Mentor. **Includes an exclusive 15% discount code for Gilbert Netball** Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography, Leap, she sheds light on her journey to the top. As a child Geva was a naturally gifted athlete, standing out at 5'10" at the age of twelve. She began life as a champion trampolinist, but when she outgrew the sport, literally, she found she had to try something new. This led her to basketball, but the boys on the other teams complained - she was just too good. Making up the numbers for an impromptu netball match one day at the age of thirteen she found her home in netball - or rather it found her.From here, Geva's rise amongst the ranks of British netball was stratospheric, she was playing for the England senior team when she was just fifteen years old. Taking risks and forging the way for other athletes Geva moved to Australia to develop her game by playing in the best league in the world and eventually winning Commonwealth gold with the England Roses. However, it's not all been easy, both on and off the court, and Geva talks honestly about her personal life, and how the difficulties and failures of her teams, both international and domestic, have driven her on to achieve the highest possible success in the sport.

30 review for Leap: Making the jump to take netball to the top of the world

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Newell

    Amazing and Insightful You mention the name Geva Mentor and you think of one of the worlds best netballers period- regardless of starting position. But have you ever thought about her story? The problem with many autobiographies is that the author tends to white wash their story and you get a sense that they are hiding someone. But Geva is the opposite- she specifically mentions her divorce and goes into some worts and all details surrounding it. As a writer, she is technically proficient and eng Amazing and Insightful You mention the name Geva Mentor and you think of one of the worlds best netballers period- regardless of starting position. But have you ever thought about her story? The problem with many autobiographies is that the author tends to white wash their story and you get a sense that they are hiding someone. But Geva is the opposite- she specifically mentions her divorce and goes into some worts and all details surrounding it. As a writer, she is technically proficient and engages her reader- I could hardly put this novel down and didn’t want it to stop. He only downside is that there’s a seriously massive proof blunder that’s made it into the kindle edition (unsure of the hardback edition). She starts her story with her mother and father meeting before moving onto her childhood and her love for sport; while not dragging it out, you understand her love for sport, before moving onto her netball career and her move to Collingwood Magpies. I recommend this book for any netball or sport fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Garner

    I love reading a really good sports biography and this one fits the bill for sure. I have met Geva a few times. She is an amazing person and for the first time ever, I understand what helps to make her tick. Geva is undeniably one of the BEST netballers in the world and this is her story... From her beginnings in exploring many sports (individual before discovering team) and her dedication to those sports at the time, to her discovery of netball, to her move to Australia and what it means to repr I love reading a really good sports biography and this one fits the bill for sure. I have met Geva a few times. She is an amazing person and for the first time ever, I understand what helps to make her tick. Geva is undeniably one of the BEST netballers in the world and this is her story... From her beginnings in exploring many sports (individual before discovering team) and her dedication to those sports at the time, to her discovery of netball, to her move to Australia and what it means to represent her country. All throughout, she has the love and support of her mum and brother. They step up when others step back and you can see that this strong family unit is a big reason why she has become the leader and sportsperson that she is today. Many sports biographies gloss over the hard things. Sure they talk about it because it needs to be said but they don't go into it. Geva is the opposite, she pulls it apart and explains the how and the why. She also admits to her part in any issues and is not willing to shirk responsibility. It was hard reading about England Netball and their treatment of her when she wanted to improve her game. It was hard to read about the breakdown of her marriage (even though that is never easy). Her upfront nature is refreshing. I think one of the best things to come from this book is her outright positivity for netball and for life. Her views on being a bench player and what you can offer from this position is GOLD for the kids who dream of being a superstar and remind them that every position is important and that you can learn from it. It is what you give to your team that counts and sometimes the best way to give to your team is sit on the sidelines and watch. What a stunning career for a woman who has won many accolades. Being able to share in that story gives a much better understanding of her. When reading, it is her voice you hear in your head. The writing is so genuinely personal that you can imagine she is speaking her truth to you, and you alone. This book is for any young person aspiring to be a professional athlete, for armchair sports people (like me) and for anyone who has a love of Netball or reading about someone who is at the top of their field.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    really good book!!!!! even though she's english and beat the Aussies in the commonwealth games (angry/sad reacts only), it was great reading about her life and how difficult it's been for her and how much netball is almost neglected in Eggland. Love how she talks about how much popularity that England Netball has gained in the recent years, it's nice that netball is blossoming in places other than Australia and NZ, making it more of a WORLD sport. This will only make netball better and get the ga really good book!!!!! even though she's english and beat the Aussies in the commonwealth games (angry/sad reacts only), it was great reading about her life and how difficult it's been for her and how much netball is almost neglected in Eggland. Love how she talks about how much popularity that England Netball has gained in the recent years, it's nice that netball is blossoming in places other than Australia and NZ, making it more of a WORLD sport. This will only make netball better and get the game talked about in more circles if more countries around the world are into it (rather than just two on the same side of the world). So glad Geva is at Collingwood now. Absolutely blessed and i hope she can play on for a few more years. Thanks for everything, Geva <3

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Evans

    Great to read the story of an international athelete. In additiin to Geva's personal story, reading the book gave me a better understanding of the politics behind selection for international teams and how playing in Australia fits with national squad selection. And also how atheletes have to plan ahead for their retirement. Great to read the story of an international athelete. In additiin to Geva's personal story, reading the book gave me a better understanding of the politics behind selection for international teams and how playing in Australia fits with national squad selection. And also how atheletes have to plan ahead for their retirement.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cat Watson

    As a big fan of netball, Geva and memoirs, this was always going to be a winner for me. Love her honesty and the new insights into life as an elite netballer! The writing isn’t perfect and I struggled with the first couple of chapters but I was then gripped and flew through the rest of the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth Edwards

    I feel like as this is an autobiography i cannot rate it. it would be like rating someone’s life and achievements which really isn’t fair. but i will say it was enjoyable and a good read for any netball lover

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    For a massive sports fan and netball fan, this was a big tick for me. Was an insightful look at the journey of one of the worlds best. This was honest and raw and was great to get to know the human behind the athlete.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sher

    Love Geva Mentor so I knew I was going to enjoy this. I’m so impressed by her work effort and the bond she shared with her mother. Way too much about the marriage breakup for me.

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