TRIDENT High School netballer Khiarna Williams has been picked for the Aotearoa Maori secondary school team.
The 14-year-old is in the 12-person squad that will play in the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Fiji in two weeks.
Two weeks , competing at the national Maori championships, Khiarna was picked for a camp which the trialists were to be chosen from. But Khiarna could not attend as she was with the Trident volleyball team in Palmerston North, which went on to win the national title.
So she was surprised to hear her name as a triallist, and even more so to receive the selection letter three days ago.
It will be Khiarna’s first trip to Fiji and the goal shoot said she was looking forward to it.
“I am looking forward to playing with other players and against new teams. It can take time to get used to new players.
“You don’t know their capabilities and they don’t know yours. I want to win games and play well. I am taking around 200 shots after school each day for training.”
As well as the training, one of the big challenges is raising the necessary $2500, by next Wednesday, to fund the trip.
Khiarna’s father, Pidi Williams, said he did start a givealittle page, but took it down when he found out the payout from the crowd-funding website came the following month. He has taken extra shifts at work, they are doing sausage sizzles and he hopes Eastern Bay businesses can
support his daughter’s venture.
The team has a training camp from Thursday to Saturday next week, before leaving for Fiji on Saturday, May 13.