Silver Fern star promotes NetGO Junior Netball

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Grace Kara of the Stars celebrates after winning the match. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Mystics v Stars at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 July 2018

Grace Kara of the Stars celebrates after winning the match. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Mystics v Stars at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 July 2018 (Photo: Photosport)

The 2018 NetGO Junior Netball National Championship tournament will be held this Saturday 18th August 2018 at Pesega LDS College in Upolu.  

There will be 10 schools competing to win the Fiame Naomi Mataafa Trophy.

Netball New Zealand ambassador and current Silver Fern Grace Kara (nee Rasmussen) is in Samoa to promote the NetGO programme and conduct netball clinics.  

Of Samoan origin, she hails from the villages of Vaiala and Tufuiopa.  Grace has played 63 test caps for New Zealand making her debut in 2010.  Her specialities of quickness off the line, silky feeding skills, ability to find space and determined defensive efforts, have combined to produce an accomplished and clever wing attack.  Grace is humbled by the opportunity, “I’m hugely privileged to be selected as an ambassador from NZ to come over and share my experiences and knowledge of the game with the netball community in Samoa. I have always been proud of my culture, the ability to bring two things that I am extremely passionate about is a special thing.”

NetGO programme in Upolu.
NetGO programme in Upolu.
NetGO programme in Savaii.
NetGO programme in Savaii.
Grace Kara of the Stars celebrates after winning the match. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Mystics v Stars at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 July 2018
Grace Kara of the Stars celebrates after winning the match. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Mystics v Stars at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 July 2018

Pacific Sporting Partnership Country Co-ordinator Ruta Schwalger said that it is exciting to have Grace Kara in country to celebrate with the coaches and students who have been a part of the NetGO Samoa programme.  

“Over the past three months our coaches and players have been working hard in preparing for this tournament. We look forward to seeing the amount of development that has been made, as well as ensuring that everyone involved in this event enjoys the experience.” 

NetGO Samoa is a Pacific Sporting Partnership between Netball New Zealand and Netball Samoa. The initiative looks to make a significant and positive impact through the promoting of healthy lifestyle messages and encourages children to play netball and stay active.  

Please contact Ruta Schwalger for more information about the Netball Clinics or the NetGO Samoa program on 7571175 or email ruta.schwalger@gmail.com

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