Irene van Dyk is a South African-born New Zealand's most famous netballers and the most capped international player. She represented South Africa at the international level a total of seventy-four times. She gained the New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2003. Her international career finished with 5917 goals from 6572 shots, a 90% shooting record. For the Silver Ferns, she shot 4796 goals from 5288 attempts at 91%.
Irene van Dyk, who is a primary school teacher is married to her longtime boyfriend Christie. The couple has been blessed with one daughter named Bianca, who is now a netball player following her mother. During her career, Dyk faced a minor controversy, as the only rule in netball at the time for players switching between nations was a ban on playing for more than one nation in a calendar year.