Face of the Day

Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton’s life support has been turned off five days after collapsing when she suffered a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby.

The 45-year-old was admitted to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition on Thursday.

“It is expected that she will slip away when she is ready, any time from now,” her family said in a statement. [last night]

Her family kept a vigil by her bedside.

I’ve been there. ? Depending on the state of her body, they’re in for a rough ride as it shuts down. ? ?

Dalton, who made her way through the netball ranks under her maiden name, Tania Nicholson, played 12 tests for the Silver Ferns, making her debut against South Africa in 1996 under coach Leigh Gibbs.

The goal shoot/goal attack played in the the 2003 world championships in Kingston, Jamaica, which New Zealand won, pipping Australia 49-47 in the final.

Her international career went from 1996?2004 and then from 2006?07, punctuated by breaks through giving birth to her three children and also with injuries.

Domestically, she played for the Northern Force and the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, before a highly impressive stint with the Southern Sting, from 2002-06, during which the side won three national titles.

After retiring, she has been a netball commentator for Sky Sport, noted for speaking candidly.

If there is a lesson in there, it is not to leave things for tomorrow too often. ?For some of us, the number of tomorrows is preciously limited.