Coast teachers in NZ korfball team

By Viv Logie

Greymouth High School maths teacher Rosa Cooper will head off to Hong Kong tomorrow as a member the New Zealand korfball team for the Asia-Oceania championships.
Westland High School physical education teacher Sarah Bateup, of Hokitika, is also in the NZ team.
Cooper took up korfball when she was at university in Canterbury in 2010. She first represented New Zealand in 2011 as a member of the under-23 team which competed in Adelaide.
This year the New Zealand team, which is made up of both men and women, hopes to make the top four which would enable them to attend the World Championships in Belgium next year.
“A New Zealand team has never been to the Worlds before. We have a team strong enough to get this time around,” Cooper, the co-captain, said.
She trains every morning before school and the New Zealand team has had squad training once a month in Christchurch in the building up to the championships.
The New Zealand team is seeded fifth and will be competing against teams from China, Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Chinese Taipei and Malaysia in their bid for a place in the
World Championships.
Korfball is a relatively unknown sport, described as a mix of netball and basketball.
The court is bigger and the goal hoops are higher.
“There is very little contact in games and players were not allowed to shoot while they were being defended.”