I was first introduced to miniball at primary school. I have continued to play basketball as I have a huge passion for the game and I am hoping that I can play for the rest of my life. I am at my happiest when I am playing!
Throughout the years, I have experienced obstacles and challenges. I have struggled with injuries, people not believing in me, managing my time and fundraising. These challenges have resulted in a determination to push myself even harder to achieve my goal of making the NZ U17 team.
Recently, I achieved my biggest goal for this year, this was to be selected in the NZ u17 team. I was also part of our regional team – Tauranga City Basketball that finished in second place at the U23 Nationals Championships. I was named in the Tournament Team (top ten players of the tournament).
One of my goals for my future is to obtain a basketball scholarship to attend university in the USA. This has been a long-term goal of mine for many years and I will continue to strive to achieve it. After university, I would love to play basketball professionally.
The tournament in India is also a qualifying tournament for the World Championships. This would be fantastic for basketball in New Zealand to qualify, inspiring many more young kiwi kids to pick up the game.