First Appearance at NWYC: 1992, Fiji
Total Appearance at NWYC: 6
Best Position attained at NWYC: 1996, Toronto, Canada – 4th
2 Key Players for Country from Past NWYC and their Profiles
Ruta Tai Schwalger
1992 – 2000: Under 15, Under 17, Under 19, Under 21 and Senior Representative for Auckland Netball and Counties Manukau.
1996: ASB Auckland Secondary Schools Sportsperson of the Year – Netball
2000: Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
2002: Auckland Diamonds
1996 Samoa Under 21 Team. Placed 4th at World Youth Cup, Toronto, Canada
2000 Team Pasifika (Fisher & Paykel Series against Silver Ferns, New Zealand)
2014 Samoa National Team (Pacific Netball Series, Cook Islands)
Other Sporting Achievements
1995 & 1996 New Zealand Secondary Schools Shot Put Champion
1995 & 1996 New Zealand Under 18 Shot Put Champion
1996 Young Olympians Squad (Athletics)
I am passionate about Netball and I want to encourage and develop a competitive and successful environment for players and management team through great leadership, preparation, commitment, strong communication and hard work to help athletes be the best they can be on and off the court. The team performance will reflect the development and achievements in these areas.
D.O.B – 10th November 1995
2009 – First year schooling in Samoa and a part of the Samoa National training squad/camp
2011 – Samoa U19 Captain for Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools Championship (Adelaide)
2012 – Samoa U21 Team for Four Nations Series (Ballarat, Melbourne)
2013 – Moved to Auckland for final schooling year. Captained Epsom Girls Grammar School Premier Team.
2013 – Premier Grade Auckland Club Championship
2013 – U21 Samoa Team for World Youth Championships (Glasgow, Scotland)
2014 – First year of University in Wellington. Premier Grade Wellington Club Championship, U19 Wellington Representative Team for NZ Nationals (Dunedin)
2015 – Non-travelling reserve for Samoa World Cup Team (Sydney)
2015 – KapiMana Representative Team for NZ Provincial Competition (Wellington)
2016 – Pacific Island Church (PIC) Premier 1 team, Wellington Club competition winners
Netball has played a great part in my life and I have been blessed to experience the game in both Samoa and New Zealand. I strongly believe that it contributes to various other aspects of my life growing up, including my studies. I am grateful for the experiences and networks it has provided me and it is exciting to see the growth of the game around the world, especially the break through of all the young talent.