She's as Waikato as it gets, is always in peak physical condition, plays netball like she means it and is generally acknowledged as one of the very best in the game.
Since Laura Langman, 26, burst on to the national netball scene as a schoolgirl in 2003, the girl from Te Pahu has become a stalwart of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, the team she captained this year, and also the Silver Ferns, where she's also been captain, including this year when she led the team to a series victory over arch-rivals Australia, in the absence of Casey Williams.
And while she's in a team studded with star quality players, including Irene van Dyk, Leana de Bruin and Williams, Langman has consistently stood out, and not just for playing with her socks pulled up high.
This year she was named Waikato University's sportswoman of the year, she was the joint winner of the 2012 ANZ Championships MVP award, with Temepara George, and was voted into the ANZ Championship All-Star team.
She is now a finalist for the Waikato Times Person of the Year.
Over the years Langman has clocked up 88 tests for the Silver Ferns, and hasn't missed one since her debut in 2005, testament to the preparation she puts in.
Like many Waikato netball fans, she must have been wondering what they had to do to win the ANZ Championship, after making the finals four times in a row and losing every time.
This year looked to be no different, with a horror start to the season where they lost their first few games before going on a stunning winning streak to make the finals in Melbourne against the Vixens, which they ultimately won and claimed the title for the first time, much to the relief of fans and players.
Langman also showed her playful side earlier this year when she appeared in a spoof video of Gangnam Style for television show The Crowd Goes Wild, who put together a version titled Laura Langman Style. She also showed her moves in the Fast5 competition, leading the team in a Gangnam Style dance before the final against England. Of course, Langman led the side to victory.
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