Bas­ket­ball a fam­ily af­fair

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Auck­land sib­lings Jazzmyne and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu do just about ev­ery­thing to­gether, and now play­ing bas­ket­ball for New Zealand can be added to the list.

Both were se­lected for rep­re­sen­ta­tive U16 sides which will tour Aus­tralia later this year.

Jazzmyne, 14, will lineup for the New Zealand U16 Girls team at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Perth, while Zaaliyah, 13, will com­pete with the New Zealand U16 Se­lect team in the Med­ibank Clas­sic in Mel­bourne.

The two sis­ters, who both at­tend St Mary’s Col­lege in Pon­sonby, have been play­ing bas­ket­ball for just five years of play­ing

‘‘This will be my first time to rep­re­sent New Zealand so I really want to use the ex­pe­ri­ence to fur­ther de­velop my game,’’ Jazzmyne said.

Suc­cess isn’t for­eign to these girls - both were a part of the North Har­bour rep­re­sen­ta­tive side which took out the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Welling­ton last year.

As a bonus, Jazzmyne was named the most valu­able player for the en­tire tour­na­ment.

They’re fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their mother, Joanna Kailahi, who also rep­re­sented New Zealand in her hey­day.

She also played bas­ket­ball in Ok­la­homa on a col­lege schol­ar­ship. The two girls hoped to do the same.

SAM HEWAT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Zaaliyah and Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu will rep­re­sent New Zealand in Aus­tralia later this year.

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