Netball: Cook Islands player also a beauty queen and conservationist

Cook Islands' Alanna Smith going up for a shot as Singapore's Sindhu Nair tries to block her in their Nations Cup match last week. Singapore won 59-47.
Cook Islands' Alanna Smith going up for a shot as Singapore's Sindhu Nair tries to block her in their Nations Cup match last week. Singapore won 59-47. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Goal shooter Alanna Smith's passion for the planet shows in her work and play

As a member of the Cook Islands national netball team and an ex-Miss Cook Islands, Alanna Smith flies her country's flag up high on the international stage, making the small island of 236.7 sq km - roughly a third the size of Singapore - known to the rest of the world.

The islands' picturesque beaches have made it a popular holiday destination, with its tourism industry accounting for almost 70 per cent of the economy. But the influx of tourists has also had a negative impact on her country's largely untouched islands, affecting the wildlife and vegetation there.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2019, with the headline 'Netballer, beauty queen and conservationist'. Print Edition | Subscribe