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Netballers awarded Tania Dalton Foundation scholarships

Two young netballers are among the first recipients of the inaugural Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarship awards.

Auckland’s Theresa Ngata and Ainsleyana Puleiata from Wellington were two of 11 young sports women to be awarded the scholarships which were created in honour of former Silver Fern Tania Dalton who passed away last year.

The famous sporting legend’s legacy lives on through the Foundation and the scholarship programme which will provide personal mentoring and fiscal support for young women.

Husband and Tania Dalton Foundation chair Duane Dalton said helping young people was a passion of Tania’s.

“Through the work of the Foundation, we have the ability to honour her memory in a way she would have been proud of,” he said.

“Through our incredible mentors, who were all in some way connected to T, we have created a pastoral blanket to guide these young women through an important transition out of school and beyond.

“One of the main goals of the programme is for these young women to then contribute back to their communities and continue the legacy for future generations – and that’s something we’re really excited about.”

The scholarship award for Puleiata capped off a big 2017 for the young Wellington netballer after she captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools team while also making the New Zealand Under-21 squad which played in Fiji.

The mid-courter was also named the NZSS Player of the Year and is a training partner for the Central Pulse this year.

Ngata was also a member of the NZSS team and joined Puleiata in the national under-21 squad which travelled to Fiji.

There were 11 recipients from sports including netball, tennis, touch, basketball, rugby and surf life-saving – all sports Tania Dalton and her family had a strong bond with.

The scholarship programme will see to the support of inaugural recipients over a three-year period in the first induction, with the view to signing new recruits each year.