OPOTIKI 16-year-old volleyball player Anamia Paul has been selected in the New Zealand junior women’s volleyball development team to tour Australia in October.
The Trident High School, Whakatane, student is now a part of Volleyball New Zealand’s high-performance squad and will continue to train and develop among other top volleyball athletes from around the country.
This year, Volleyball New Zealand will be taking the team to Canberra to train and scrimmage with Australian athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Anamia’s selection was made after studying athlete performances at the New Zealand Secondary Schools competitions, provincial championships, the New Zealand trials and a range of other events.
Anamia is now a part of Volleyball New Zealand’s high-performance squad and will continue to train and develop among other top volleyball athletes from around the country.
She said her achievement needed to be shared with her school coach Maia Westrupp and the high calibre of Trident volleyball players that she trains and plays with.
Playing volleyball for the past three years, Anamia was a member of the Trident junior volleyball team that won the junior nationals.
In 2018, as a year 11 student she represented Bay of Plenty in both the under-15 A and under-17 development squads, gaining silver medals at the New Zealand regionals for the under-15 campaign.
This year Anamia was a member of the Trident A senior girls volleyball team to win the Bay of Plenty championships. The team also won bronze in the top division of the senior nationals.
She was named in the Bay of Plenty under-17 development team as captain in April.
She said she was shocked when she read an email from Volleyball New Zealand advising of her selection in the development team.
“I had just turned 16 and could only dream of playing for the New Zealand under-19 side.
“I couldn’t stop smiling all day thinking about the tour and playing at the Australian Institute of Sport.”