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