New staff for local netball

By Ilona Hanne

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One of Netball Taranaki's two new staff members will be based in Stratford.

Mairangi Tamati is Netball Taranaki's new Central-South development officer.

She will be based at the TET Stadium in Stratford and is looking to increase the participation and representative opportunities in Central South Taranaki by supporting coach development.

Hamilton born, Brixton raised Mairangi has been a leading young netballer and has featured in the New Zealand Under-21 squad, the New Zealand Under-19 Maori team and the New Zealand Secondary Schools team. Most recently she has been in the Waikato playing premier grade club netball.

Karlena Schwass has been appointed officials development officer for Netball Taranaki and will be based at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth.

She is covering for Jaimie Te Pau Konui, who has taken maternity league.

Karlena, who has been in Taranaki for 13 years, became involved through her daughter, who was playing at Highlands Intermediate. She then saw a need for new umpires and took up the whistle. She picked up her zone badge in 2016 and now umpires at premier grade.

Karlena will be working to increase the number of qualified umpires in Taranaki and ensuring they are up to speed with rule changes and interpretations.

- Stratford Press

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