Family of Tania Dalton set up trust in her name

The memorial service for much loved former Silver Fern Tania Dalton will start this Monday - at exactly 1.26pm.

That was the time Dalton's family made the heartbreaking decision to turn the 45-year-old's life support off on Tuesday this week.

And Dalton's husband Duane said the time is significant for other reasons - reasons he said will only become clear at the memorial service.

The service for the popular sportswoman will be held this Monday 6 March 2016 at 1.26pm.

The public service will be held at QBE Stadium, Albany, in the QBE room on Level One.

The Dalton family have established a charitable foundation in Tania's name - The Tania Dalton Foundation - in support of sports training and development for underprivileged children.

The 45-year-old former Silver Fern collapsed while playing a social game of touch rugby in Northcote last Thursday. She had suffered an internal carotid artery aneurysm.

Dalton was treated at the scene and then rushed to hospital, bleeding profusely from her nose and mouth.

The loved wife of Duane Dalton and mother of Tayla, Charlie and Matt was on life support for six days until the decision was made that the damage done was irreversible.

On Tuesday, with family by her side, the heartbreaking decision was made to turn life support off.

Family said they expected their loved one to "slip away when she is ready". Dalton passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning surrounded by family.

Spokesman and business partner Chris Henderson spoke of the family's gratitude for the public support and described Dalton as having a "big heart and an easy smile."

"It is with overwhelming sadness that we share the news that our much-loved 'T' passed away at 10.20am with family by her side," he said after Dalton's death.

"Tania has put up the fight of her life, but ultimately, it was a fight she couldn't win."

"We have reluctantly had to say goodbye. It's unbearably sad, but we are comforted by how big a life she lived in her short 45 years."

Since Dalton's death, tributes have flowed for the woman who was a valued shooter and goal attack during an 11-year career.

She retired from netball in 2007 to concentrate on family.

Silver Fern star Maria Tutaia wrote: "You sure lived your life to the nth degree!! You've left me with only the funniest and wildest memories of you. Singing 'Sweet Caroline' standing on every table/bar top in every pub in town will never be the same again. R.I.L TBag! I miss you! Love you mate"

Former Silver Fern Jenny May Clarkson played with Dalton and toured South Africa with her:

"It made you feel like you were her best friend. She just lit up a room whenever she was in it," Clarkson said.

"Honestly, anybody who had any type of contact with her will remember it. And they'll remember it because it was either funny, she did something stupid or they were out having a drink with her. She just lived life to the full, she really did.'" she said.

Fellow netballer Irene van Dyk described Dalton as someone who always had a smile on her face and made everyone feel valued.

"She was an inspiration when she played netball," van Dyk said.

Netball New Zealand chief executive Jennie Wyllie sent her sympathies to Dalton's husband Duane and their three children:

"Tania was a true competitor on the court who showed a passion and love for the game. She was respected by teammates and opponents across world netball, and was much-loved off the court. She will always be in our hearts." Wyllie said.

- NZ Herald

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