Casey Kopua

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Casey Kopua
Personal information
Full nameCasey May Kopua (née Williams)
Born(1985-06-19) 19 June 1985 (age 28)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
UniversityWaikato University
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD
YearsClub team(s)Apps
2003–presentWaikato Bay of Plenty Magic
(Correct as of 19 January 2013)
YearsNational team(s)Caps
2004–present New Zealand70
2009Fastnet Ferns6
(Correct as of 19 January 2013)
 
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Casey Kopua
Personal information
Full nameCasey May Kopua (née Williams)
Born(1985-06-19) 19 June 1985 (age 28)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
UniversityWaikato University
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD
YearsClub team(s)Apps
2003–presentWaikato Bay of Plenty Magic
(Correct as of 19 January 2013)
YearsNational team(s)Caps
2004–present New Zealand70
2009Fastnet Ferns6
(Correct as of 19 January 2013)

Casey May Kopua, ONZM (née Williams; born 19 June 1985 in Hamilton, New Zealand) is a New Zealand international netball player. Kopua is the current captain of the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns, and plays for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the ANZ Championship.

Kopua has been a member of the New Zealand national netball team since 2004, making her on-court debut in 2005 against Barbados. She also played in the New Zealand U21 netball team that won gold at the 2005 World Youth Netball Championships in Florida. During her career she has won gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2009 World Netball Series, and silver medals at the 2007 and 2011 World Netball Championships.[1] In 2008 she co-captained the team with Laura Langman, stepping into the role of acting captain later that year following an injury to Julie Seymour. In July 2009, Kopua became the 23rd captain of the Silver Ferns, taking over from Seymour who retired from the game.[2][3]

In domestic netball, Kopua has played with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic since 2003. During the 2008 ANZ Championship season, she was named the Holden Captiva player of the championship, winning a new car.

Kopua was named in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, alongside former Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken, for services to New Zealand netball.[4]

In December 2012, Casey married Hamilton lawyer Terry Kopua.[5]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Silver Ferns profile: Casey Williams". Last updated 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Netball New Zealand (29 July 2009). "Silver Fern captain and squads announced". 
  3. ^ "Williams named Silver Ferns captain". The New Zealand Herald. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Johannsen, Dana (6 June 2011). "Honours for Ferns' coach and captain". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Change of name, but goal is the same". Stuff.co.nz. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Julie Seymour
Captain of the Silver Ferns
2009–present
Incumbent