Name: Claire Kersten
Ethnicity: New Zealander
Born and grew up where: Havelock North
Late blooming midcourter Claire Kersten continues to evolve her game and returns to the Pulse in 2021 after four defining seasons. On the back of regular court time, Kersten’s game has gone from strength-to-strength. From being a rock-solid wing defence, Kersten moved into centre in 2018 with impressive results, her attacking game rising to new levels in 2020. Physically and mentally strong, Kersten has a calm demeanour, leads by example through her work ethic, is a potent force on attack and defensively and is a senior leader at the Pulse. Consistently impressing during 2020 earned the hard-working midcourter a recall to the Silver Ferns squad for the first time since 2018. She was also vice-captain of the jubilant FAST5 Ferns World Series-winning team the same year.