Syreeta makes NZ squad

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Vol­ley­ball player Syreeta Nor­ris got the shock of her life re­cently when she was se­lected to rep­re­sent her coun­try.

The 15-year-old Avon­dale Col­lege stu­dent will travel to Aus­tralia next month with the un­der-17 women’s squad for the Aus­tralian ju­nior vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onships.

“I never thought I’d be play­ing for New Zealand,” the Mt Al­bert res­i­dent says.

“I didn’t think I was that good.”

Syreeta, who plays in the at­tack­ing po­si­tion of out­side hit­ter, says she gets a buzz out of play­ing in front of a crowd.

“It feels good when you know peo­ple are watch­ing and you do a good hit.”

How­ever she isn’t sure how the team will go at the tour­na­ment be­cause the side changes ev­ery year.

She says there are added ben­e­fits of play­ing vol­ley­ball that keep her in the game.

“The friends you make and the places you go are great.”

And no one can doubt Syreeta’s com­mit­ment to the side, with re­cent trips to Tau­ranga and Hamil­ton for New Zealand team train­ing.

But net­ball also vies for Syreeta’s time – she rep­re­sents her school in the pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the week.

Avon­dale Col­lege di­rec­tor of sport Nathan Samu says Syreeta is a nat­u­ral sportswoman af­ter achiev­ing suc­cess in swim­ming and wa­ter polo as well.

He is con­fi­dent she has the abil­ity to go on to higher hon­ours if she sticks with vol­ley­ball.

“She’s got tal­ent mixed with a good work ethic,” he says.

“It helps to have good ge­net­ics, a love of the sport and that work-hard-go-get-them at­ti­tude.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Ser­vice please: Avon­dale Col­lege stu­dent Syreeta Nor­ris works on her vol­ley­ball serve be­fore she trav­els to the Aus­tralian ju­nior champs with the New Zealand un­der-17 women’s side next month.

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