Major Australian netball sponsor San Remo pasta is growing its support for the international game across the Tasman.
The leading pasta brand has appointed netball star Camilla Lees (Millie) as the newÂ face of San Remo in New Zealand.
Millie is a squad member of New Zealandâ€™s national netball team, the Silver Ferns,Â as well as a player for the Wellington-based Central Pulse team.
She joins Australian Netball Diamond Julie Corletto, who is San Remoâ€™s netballÂ brand ambassador in Australia.
Julie has appeared in San Remo advertising campaigns and highlights the AustralianÂ National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommendations to eat fourÂ to five serves of grain based foods, such as pasta, every day.
Millie will have a similar role as San Remo brand ambassador in New Zealand.
She will appear in television and print advertising, attend San Remo events and actÂ as an official spokesperson for the company.
She will also reinforce the connection between healthy food choices and an activeÂ lifestyle.
Millieâ€™s appointment follows San Remoâ€™s renewed and expanded sponsorshipÂ arrangement with Australasiaâ€™s premier netball league, the ANZ Championship.
San Remo is the official pasta and pasta sauce of the ANZ Championship as well asÂ ball sponsor and ball kids sponsor at ANZ Championship games.
San Remo Head of Sales & Marketing, Michael Neale, said Millieâ€™s appointmentÂ formed part of San Remoâ€™s growing commitment to netball internationally.
â€śSan Remo is a strong supporter of the netball community in Australia,â€ť he said.
â€śWe sponsor all levels of the game from the national league and ANZ ChampionshipÂ through to Netball Australiaâ€™s grassroots San Remo NetSetGO! child developmentÂ program.
â€śSan Remo is now extending its support of netball into New Zealand, where we sawÂ an opportunity to replicate the success of our brand ambassador program.
â€śMillie brings together a number of features that make her an ideal choice for SanÂ Remo brand ambassador. She is an elite sports person who juggles conflictingÂ demands to achieve her goals, which many of our customers will relate to.
â€śShe is also a medical student who understands human nutrition through her studiesÂ as well as her sporting commitments. Millie also has a wonderful nature and someÂ family stories that are a great fit with San Remoâ€™s strong family-oriented brand.
â€śBut most importantly, Millie loves San Remo pasta, which means she will speakÂ from the heart to represent us well.â€ť
Millie said she was looking forward to playing an active role in promoting healthyÂ lifestyles as the new face of San Remo.
â€śI grew up on a farm in the country where we ate good quality food every day,â€ť sheÂ said. â€śMum often cooked pasta, and since San Remo has been involved with netball,Â I now recognise it as the same brand my mum used.
â€śNow that Iâ€™ve moved out of home to study medicine and play netball, I eat SanÂ Remo pasta all the time. I love pasta so itâ€™s a real honour to be appointed San RemoÂ brand ambassador.
â€śItâ€™s also a great opportunity for me to encourage New Zealanders to eat well, stayÂ active and live a healthy lifestyle.â€ť
The San Remo Macaroni Company is Australiaâ€™s largest pasta manufacturer. TheÂ company exports pasta and other food products to 38 countries around the world.