"Maria is amazing, she always was, and she's paved a great pathway for someone like me," says Wilson. "Meels takes the court conditioning programmes and they're killers. "I'd love everyone to be a part of that.". Flatting with fellow Pulse youngsters Kate Wells and Blaze Leslie, Wilson has also taken on some part-time university study, with the view to creating a more balanced life and time away from netball. If an option gets taken away, she can very quickly offer something else. "What resonates most strongly is a recognition of all cultures of people involved in our sport," she says. "So having the ability to play both [positions] is definitely a newfound strength for me.". When Mystics defender Sulu Fitzpatrick played her 100th league match, against the Stars, her rivals performed a siva and pese (Samoan dance and song) for her after the game. Netball will take a backseat soon for Maia, with NCEA exams coming up. One distressing knee injury after another would be enough to crush most young athletes, but not aspiring netball and sevens star Ainsleyana Puleiata. Photo: PHOTOSPORT. Winders back on at WD for NZ. From gymnastics; to hockey, to canoeing, to football, hardly a week goes by without an allegation of female athletes being mistreated, writes Hamish Bidwell. She's always been big and strong and able to hold good angles. And it turns out the Silver Fern shooter's wish may not be far off becoming a reality. COLLINGWOOD Magpies will attempt to bring the New Zealand Super Club trophy back across the ditch after winning through to the final following a 14-goal win over Central Pulse. But the 22-year-old has plans to stamp her own unique footprint on netball history. Q4 15mins- Wilson gets her 43rd goal which ties her career record for most goals in a game.Monica Falkner gets her first ever goal in test netball to conclude the contest. "I'm proud that New Zealand has a diverse range of women - of all shapes and sizes and colours - playing netball, and we're able to promote many minority groups, in my case Māori and Pacific. For the past three seasons, the Pulse have had the puhoro pattern on their alternate strip - the tightness of the black pattern representing teamwork. When Auckland went into the second spell of lockdown, Wilson "escaped" the city, to live in Wellington with her partner and his family. They played some tight netball. Since Naoupu, a former Silver Ferns squad member, played for Samoa at the 2015 World Cup, she's been unable to play as a New Zealand eligible player until this year. -This story originally appeared on the Newsroom website and was republished with permission. The Firebirds were lambasted across social media channels for leaving Mi Mi, a proud woman of Queensland's Wakka Wakka tribe, on the bench - even after she'd featured strongly in the promotion of the round. Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua is renowned for her demanding fitness regimes, especially at training camps before big events. I didn't want to be out there.". On this side of the Tasman, Wilson admits she was shocked by the initial treatment of Mi Mi. Maia Wilson was a standout in the Silver Ferns' Nations Cup win over England in Nottingham. Inclusion is one of the most empowering things. All three combinations are so different, Wills says: "And I'm one of those coaches who like to play those games." "However, we misread community expectations and the significance of Jemma's court time in the game in this round.". Maia Wilson in her switch to goal attack for the All Stars team against Fiji in the Cadbury Netball Series in June. Shooters like Ellie Bird, Jen O'Connell, Aliyah Dunn and Grace Nweke. And the lashing continued after coach Rosalee Jencke's written explanation for the snub. "I actually realised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be," Wilson admits of the GA role. It's meant she's been able to train in the gym and the ASB Sports Centre with seven other Silver Ferns and development squad members based in the capital. But not for long. "I'm just really grateful for the opportunity [in England], but I know that just because it happened, it doesn't guarantee I will still be there. "Netball has some amazing women who are role models to our kids and the next generation - many of them in situations where they probably don't believe they can get to where we are. When the phone rang, Maia Wilson was sure the caller had the wrong number. Maia Wilson takes the ball for the Stars on challenge from the Mystics' Phoenix Karaka in an ANZ Premiership match last July. They are keen to introduce something like a 'whakapapa round' - acknowledging the genealogy of all those involved in the league. "Everything is bigger than the game. It fielded a weakened line-up against the Northern Stars and battled hard for three quarters. Even as Australian netball's indigenous round comes under fire, Silver Fern Maia Wilson believes a celebration of our diverse netball culture would be a good thing. The 22-year-old, of Te Rarawa and Te Waiohua descent, embraces her Māori heritage. "It's about inclusion and acknowledging our cultural heritage. And Netball New Zealand agrees with Wilson. With veterans Laura Langman and Katrina Rore taking a sabbatical, Wilson was also thrilled to see fellow young players Whitney Souness and Kimiora Poi "finally get solid minutes" in the black dress. I think it's special to remember that no matter where I go in netball, he's still with me. And it turns out the Silver Fern shooter's wish may not be far off becoming a reality. The way I see it, the game is a vehicle. That adaptability - teamed with the dogged work she put in on both her fitness and mental strength - rocketed Wilson into the starting line-up of the new-look Silver Ferns side who won last month's Nations Cup in England. Wilson says in the report she's grateful to have two Māori coaches at the Stars who "prioritise and embrace the various cultures in the team", and as one of the longest-standing foundation members in the franchise, created back in 2017, she's been able to foster that too. This story was originally published on Lockerroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. Kate Agnew, head of events and international at Netball New Zealand, says it's an idea they're discussing and one they "really support". We pay for it when our people search to fill a void in their life that comes from a loss of belonging, a loss of sovereignty, a loss of mana and that turns into alcohol and drug addictions and overpopulated prisons. For the first time in her career, Wilson started in every test – mostly playing at goal shoot alongside World Cup star Ameliaranne Ekenasio and finishing the tournament with an exceptional 91 percent shooting success rate. But the 22-year-old has plans to stamp her own unique footprint on netball history. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES. Wilson puts a lot of that down to that scary phone call from Taurua last May. Photo: Photosport. "It just needs one person to really push it for it to be manifested and then just become part of the norm," she says. The report's author, Elizabeth Lotoa, found the growing contribution of Māori and Pacific people has "changed the cultural landscape of netball in New Zealand". She missed out on selection for the triumphant World Cup side to players more versatile. Silver Ferns shooter Maia Wilson is keen to see an indigenous round in New Zealand's premiership netball competition. England's biggest netball stars will be missing from the side that meets the Silver Ferns late next month for the first international Tests since Covid-19 disrupted the sport. "But at that point I was very apprehensive. ", Maia Wilson playing for the Northern Stars. I'm very mindful of that. Wilson also felt the presence of her late dad, Joe, who passed away suddenly from a brain tumour in 2016. The Super City derby between the Northern Mystics and Northern Stars sets Round 6 of netball’s ANZ Premiership alight on Friday night. Wilson at goal attack will be a handful for the opposition, she predicts. Maia Wilson wants to see an indigenous round in New Zealand's netball showcase. Swift and Wilson got to bond as flatmates "playing a lot of board games" during the Level 4 lockdown in the Star's flat in Takanini. Stars coach Kiri Wills says Wilson gives her a "really interesting" option in the Star's fresh shooting circle. That's something that would be cool for all our teams to have. They sing a Tokelauan song as part of their warm-up before leaving the dressing room. She finished the final match on Saturday with 27/30 goals and her shooting accuracy at 90%. England head coach Jess Thirlby said it was "the one that got away" after they missed out on the Netball Nations Cup final with a 70-66 loss to Jamaica. That's been massive for her.". Maia Wilson is driven to succeed on the court. Shooter Maia Wilson drilled 36 of her 39 attempts in a player-of-the-match effort. But she knows there's still a lot more that can be done, especially through the country's premier league, the ANZ Premiership. A founding member of the new Northern Stars in 2017, Wilson is now part of the team's senior leadership group. And she's not alone. All games will be live on Sky Sport 3. Then she screens Williams away the next play and Ekenasio holds off Quashi. By Leonard Tenson Malawi netball player and Melbourne Vixens player Mwai Kumwenda finishes fourth as the 2020 world`s best netballer and first in Africa. Maia WIlson and the Northern Stars will look to avenge their Round 1 loss to the Northern Mystics in March. "I’ve enjoyed the move down to Wellington,’’ she said. "Mum is still buzzing," Wilson laughs. "Right now, on the New Zealand netball scene, we've got some really young tall goal shoots coming through." Wilson - who's studying for a degree in communications off the court - thrived on the relaxed culture in the Silver Ferns. "She loved learning our Māori waiata, and she loved the ula lole - Samoan lolly leis - and promised to make them for prizes and gifts when she got back home. Maia said the team was also missing injured Goal Attack Alanis Toia-Tigafua throughout the tournament, meaning they had to adjust to her loss and the young players had to step up to fill her absence. A week later and the midcourter is being celebrated as a hero, coming off the bench and playing a role in the Firebird's two-goal victory over the Magpies. "I also think with that freedom and space at goal attack, she's not getting hit all the time, so she's enjoying that freedom," says Wills. "Because she's fitter now, she's able to change her positioning if the defenders change on her. Then the New Zealand coach of the year told the talented young shooter: "You're going to be playing goal attack". Maia Wilson (born 21 September 1997) is a New Zealand netball player. MAGS are strong across the court with the experienced combination of Maia Wilson and Chiara Semple in the shooting circle through to captain Holly Fowler on defence. * The ANZ Premiership starts on March 15. I feel proud we were able to make a difference to her life," she says. Maia Wilson wants to see an indigenous round in New Zealand’s netball showcase. But the move is one she usually makes during the international phase of netball's season. The franchise recorded its sixth loss in seven matches in Auckland on Saturday night. If you know where you come from, it helps you know where you're heading. In her first year out of college she went straight to the Central Pulse – the double international turning down a lucrative basketball scholarship at the University of Idaho. Dame Noeline Taurua was on the other end of the line, but that wasn't the bombshell - Wilson had been a regular in the Silver Ferns environment for a few years. Albertian Maia Wilson become a dual international at the age of 18 when she debuted for the Silver Ferns on Wednesday, 14 September. Wilson's outstanding performance at the Nations Cup - shooting 137 from 151 against England, South Africa and Jamaica – had fans wondering if she was the answer to the question mark left by the recent retirement of Ferns shooting legend Maria Folau. Jamaica committed 30 turnovers during the match to New Zealand’s 21 and like the first time they met in the competition, Jamaica committed 58 penalty contacts to New Zealand’s 26. With a strong bench and a need for fresh legs, Stars coach Kiri Wills brought in Ellen Halpenny at goal attack and Holly Fowler at wing defence. "It's weird because there are girls coming through now and they're 20, and I'm only 22," she says. "But it makes me smile, knowing that I have been around and I've put in the work. "Noels put in the standards, and Maia's been determined to meet them. "I'm like 'You know you're talking to the wrong person, right?'". In fact, she's become one of the most accurate shooters in the country. The Pulse have some really beautiful whakairo designs on their dress which is special to them. Netball Nations Cup: England lose 64-48 to world champions New Zealand. Pulse's Maddy Gordon wearing her side's alternate dress bearing a puhoro design. Taurua immediately asked Wilson: "Are you sitting down?" "I know I'm fit enough, and it's just being smart about how I use my body, being efficient and knowing that I can do it.". It meant I was then able to play with older girls and women." Maia Wilson playing for the Northern Stars. "I love going out to my community in south Auckland for the Stars and for some of the girls to be like, 'I can be a Silver Fern one day, or a Northern Star or a Black Fern'. The 22-year-old, of Te Rarawa and Te Waiohua descent, embraces her Māori heritage. Maia Wilson scored 44 of 47 attempts for New Zealand, who were a cut above Jamaica for the second half of the match. When Maia was on court, the shooting volume went up.". "But knowing that I get to carry his name is massive for me; I still get to wave his flag wherever I go.". The 2020 Super Netball competition began with Mwai Kumwenda sharing court time with Melbourne Vixens’ other two shooters, Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip. Maia came on as goal shoot in the final minutes of the second Test against Jamaica in the New World Netball Series for the Taini Jamison Trophy. The trigger was the Queensland Firebirds' decision not to play Jemma Mi Mi - the only indigenous player in Australia's Super Netball league for the past two seasons - during their game in the annual indigenous round just over a week ago. The offical website of Netball New Zealand. "That was the big thing for the Ferns in England. I do things different to Maria – and to Ameliaranne, Bailey [Mes] and Te Paea [Selby-Rickit]. "She'd never been in the crowd when I'd got on for the Silver Ferns for a decent amount of time. "We have two camps coming up before the international series next month, and we're all shaking in our boots because we know it's going to be very difficult. "But I'm not trying to fill her footsteps – I'm trying to do something different with my own. 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