Shannon O'Donnell : PhD
Barefoot Waterskiing & Netball
Shannon O'Donnell comes to Waikato from Rotorua Girls' High School where she was their Sports Captain for 2010 and is the first barefoot waterskier to be awarded a Hillary Scholarship. As well as competing in Barefoot Waterskiing, Shannon also plays netball competitively which she is also on the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for. Shannon completed her Bachelor of Sport and Leisure degree in 2013, moving forward to study towards her Honours degree in Sport and Leisure in 2014. She has recently been awarded the UoW KIA Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Doctoral Scholarship. This will see her working with the Magic netball team for the next three years as she studies towards her PhD. Shannon has been a member of the New Zealand Junior Barefoot Waterski Team numerous times, competing in World Championships in various counties around the World. Her career highlight was the Germany world champs in 2010 where the Junior team placed third overall. In this same competition, Shannon performed extremely well to make the individual jump finals. A career highlight for Shannon in netball would be being part of the Waikato Under 19 team that won the National Championships in 2012. Shannon still competes competitively in both sports, barefoot water skiing for the Bay of Plenty region and playing netball for Phoenix club team and both the Waikato and Bay of Plenty representative teams.