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New netball coordinator gives back to community

A new netball coordinator plans on giving back to her community and share her talent and knowledge on the sport with young players.

New NetGo Samoa coordinator Tusi Faasootau-Ale was born in New Zealand but both her parents are both from Samoa and she believes that she is from Samoa.

"I have been in Samoa for six months and I have been a part of the team for the last two weeks as the new NetGo coordinator. My role here is to help the Netball sport grow here in Samoa on the grass roots level and helping with workshops for umpires, coaching developments as well as targeting year 9 and secondary school level," she said.

"It's really exciting to be part of the team. Personally growing up in New Zealand and coming through Netball on the grass roots level, I really wanna give back to the community."

Expressing her excitement at being able to share her ideas with the team  and assist the organisation, Mrs Faasootau-Ale said she is excited to share her ideas with the team and to help out with the broader organisation.

She believes that Samoa needs a lot of resources to help our Primary and Secondary Schools to learn about the basics.

"If there is something that Samoa really needs is a lot of resources to help our Primary Schools and Secondary students to just getting to the basic understanding of movements of the ball, concepts of the game and also developing a good sense of sportsmanship. At the end of the day, we are all trying to have fun," she said.

She is now helping out the Netball Samoa C.E.O. Mrs Rosemarie Lome with the upcoming Fast Five workshops and other programmes. 

According to Mrs Faasootau-Ale, within the two weeks she spent with the girls she saw how much they have improved and how they also have potential.

But she said there is still room for improvement.

Mrs Faasootau-Ale is 31 years old, from the villages of Lepea, Lefaga, Foailuga, Salailua and Taga. But she is now residing in Vaivase-Tai with her husband with her position sponsored by New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Pacific Sporting Program.

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