Netball scholars back home

Wednesday April 03, 2019 Written by Published in Netball

Five netball players who left the Cook Islands on August 31 last year under a scholarship to study at the High Wire Charitable Trust (HWCT) Pacific Nations Academy have returned home.


The recipients were Anania Piri (Tupapa Netball Club), Daimzel Rongokea (Arorangi Netball Club), Simone Nicholas (Arorangi Netball Club), Tia Henderson (Avatiu Netball Club), and Marei Nicholas (Avatiu Netball Club).

The arrangement between High Wire Charitable Trust of Auckland, New Zealand and Netball Cook Islands saw these five Cook Islands women accepted into the inaugural HWCT Pacific Nations Academy for six months.

They joined the academy in September last year.

The HWCT Pacific Nations Academy offer was also extended out to five young women in Samoa.

HWCT has been sponsors of the Cook Islands national team for the past two years and Netball Cook Islands in an earlier statement said they were very much honoured and privileged to be extended this invite to take part in this inaugural initiative.

“These young women of the Cook Islands and Samoa will be given the opportunity to work in a netball environment employed by HWCT and as part of this six months special partnership, HWCT will establish an all embracing plan focusing on integrated learning outcomes through a range of organized activities and tasks covering netball and life skills,” Netball Cook Islands president Mii Maui earlier said.

“This new partnership is a great fit because Netball Cook Islands shares HWCT passion for advancing women's sport and the belief that women should be able to achieve at the highest possible level in whatever they choose to do.”


The players received the mentoring from Sulu Fitzpatrick (ex-Silver Fern and current Wellington Central Pulse player).

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