New goal in sight for Parnell’s star shooter

She may only be 14 years old, but ACG Parnell College’s Rhea Prasad is already a rising star on the netball court. Not only does she play netball at an Under 18 club level for the College Rifles, but she’s also the newest – and youngest – member of ACG Parnell College’s Senior A team. Her next goal? Helping Senior A get into the Premier Grade! “I’ve always wanted to play at the premier level for netball, and I’m hoping to get there by Year 11,” says Rhea, who has…

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Teen bolts into Muslim women’s global powerlist

LockerRoom: At just 14, Aysha Hussan has already achieved so much, as the New Zealand face on the global Muslim women’s sports powerlist for 2020. A promising track athlete and netballer, Hussan says she knows it’s “a big achievement” to be on the list with 34 other Muslim women involved in sport around the world. The teenager sits proudly alongside 400m hurdles Olympic champion American Dalilah Muhammad, and Indonesian climber Aries Susanti, the first woman in the world to climb a speed wall in under seven seconds. Then there’s Emirati…

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Student Spotlight: Holly Williams

In today’s feature we get to know a bit about Holly Williams, a Year 11 student from Westlake Girls High School. Holly has been nominated by the Director of Sport at Westlake Girls, Liz Page, who says “Holly is the epitome of a true multi-code athlete and a real all-rounder. She has a natural athleticism, but also a competitive drive to succeed in all the sports she focuses on. Holly is also a great team member and even as a young player has shown a lot of leadership in representing…

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Student Spotlight: Valfh Sefuiva

Valfh Sufuiva is a year 12 student at Marcellin College. Over the past 12 months, Valfh has participated in a huge range of sports including Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Basketball, Kilikiti, Softball, and Waka Ama. She is known as someone who can liven up any room and will always put a smile on your face. Valfh was nominated for our Student Spotlight feature by the Director of Sport at Marcellin College, Cameron Bitchener, who says “There is never a dull moment with Valfh in your team, and she is often making the team…

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Student Spotlight: Gabriella de Latour

Next up in our Student Spotlight feature is year 13 student Gabriella de Latour. She is code captain for netball, cricket and lifesaving at Diocesan School for Girls. She has been nominated by her school for the significant contribution she has made to her chosen sports and her inspiring leadership for the whole school community. Gabriella started playing netball and cricket at a young age. She also started surf lifesaving with nippers at Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club, then began IRB racing once she became a qualified lifeguard. She loves the…

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Student Spotlight: Taryn Richmond

This is the first feature in our new ‘Student Spotlight’ series, aiming to highlight a range of inspiring students across Auckland for their involvement and love of sport. First up is year 12 Rosehill College student, Taryn Richmond. Taryn is stalwart of the Rosehill rowing team, and during the winter season she plays netball at premier level for both school and club. We caught up with her to find out about the role sport plays in her life, and how she’s staying motivated during lockdown.   How did you get into netball…

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NZSS Netball Team Profile: Avondale College

The 2019 NZSS Netball Championships are at Saxton Stadium, Nelson in the second week of the school holidays from 8-11 October. Sixteen of the country’s leading netball schools recently qualified to attend from the three recent zone tournaments. [College Sport Media] caught up with Avondale College, who won the national tournament in 2000 and 2002 and have qualified in 2019 for the first time in five years. They are in Pool B, alongside Manukura, Villa Maria College and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Click here to read more about the team,…

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Hard work continues for Howick College Pathway to Podium Netballers

College Sport Media: Two current and one recent Howick College netballers were recently named in the Pathway to Podium programme. Current students Leehava Saverio and Nanise Waqaira and recent school leaver Teuila Sotutu were part of the Howick College Netball team that won their maiden NZSS netball crown in 2017. They also all played for the U19 Auckland Fiji netball Secondary (AFCN) Representative Team in 2018 and Leehava was selected again earlier this year in the team’s third place finish against the seven other countries who competed in the Internationals…

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Auckland teen doesn’t let wheelchair hold her back from umpiring her favourite sport – netball

1 NEWS: Pakuranga College student Gabby Wright has umpired her first ever netball competition from a wheelchair. The 15-year-old is believed to be New Zealand Netball’s first ever wheelchair umpire. “It was really good, I was smiling the whole time apparently,” said Wright. Three years ago Wright was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an in inflammation of the spinal cord which has left her paralysed from the waist down and only a 30 per cent chance of walking again. But that hasn’t stopped the Auckland teen from being a part of…

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Touch and netball keeping Jaymie Kolose busy

College Sport Media: ​Jaymie Kolose has recently returned from the Touch World Cup in Malaysia, where the Touch Blacks Women’s side made the final against Australia, and she is in the Warriors Women’s squad for the new NRL Touch competition. She has also been selected in the New Zealand Secondary School Netball Team that is preparing to take on England U19 in July in Auckland. [College Sport Media] caught up with year 13 Saint Kentigern College’s Jaymie to find out more about her busy sporting life. Click here to read…

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