Waimarama Taumaunu
Inducted in 1996
“Wai”, as she is universally known, was only in her mid-teens when she entered representative netball for Canterbury and by 1981, she was in the national team.
Sporting Category:
  • Netball
Through the 80s, she formed an accomplished defence pairing with goalkeep Tracy Fear, a combination that greatly contributed to New Zealand’s world championship win in 1987. Captain from 1989 to 1991, Taumaunu was physically imposing on the court and had instinctive flair combined with a great appreciation of strategy.

Her final international was in what was regarded as one of the best international netball matches, a one-goal loss to Australia in the 1991 world championship final.

Sporting Spotlight

Netball, 1987

(1987)

Many in the team had played in the previous world championships, in Singapore in 1983, in which they were beaten in the final by Australia, and vowed that the championships in Glasgow in 1987 would be vastly different.
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