“You don’t have any guarantees in sport because you could get injured or other things could happen to you along the way."
When Erin Burger made her Netball World Cup debut for the Proteas in 2007, she would never have thought she would feature at the global showpiece 12 years later.
Burger is yet to feature in a play-off match at the World Cup but believed it would be fourth time lucky when the Netball Proteas’ campaign kicks off in Liverpool tomorrow.
“You don’t ever think that far ahead in sport, the other day someone asked if I realised it was my fourth World Cup and I thought ‘wow, that is a lot’,” Burger said.
“You don’t have any guarantees in sport because you could get injured or other things could happen to you along the way.
“So I am absolutely honoured to be going to the World Cup.”
Burger was the first South African to reach 100 caps for her country with more than 115 Tests behind her name while she is the only Proteas player to have played at four World Cups. Her impressive international run could easily have been cut short due to a health scare after her heart muscles were severely inflamed just over a year ago.
“At last year’s Commonwealth Games I had some issues with my heart which is quite big, and it is great to be healthy again,” she said.
“I feel healthy, and it feels almost like I am fitter than I have ever been. Our team is doing well, and I believe anything can happen at the World Cup.”
Burger was named the player of the tournament at the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore but believed the class of 2019 had the best chance of challenging for the title.
“It feels like we have shown in the Quad Series that we can take any team on the day, and it will boil down to that at the World Cup,” she said.
The Proteas kick off their World Cup campaign against Trinidad and Tobago which will be followed by the rest of their pool matches on Saturday and Sunday.