An in-circle defender of outstanding quality, Kopua received the ultimate accolade in 2009 when assuming the Silver Ferns captaincy at the relatively young age of 24.
Kopua fulfilled her early promise with a standout 2004 season which led to her inclusion in the Silver Ferns squad the same year.
That form reached new heights in 2005 and her inclusion in the Silver Ferns became a formality as she went on to make her senior international debut on the end of season tour to Jamaica. Earlier in 2005, Williams had been a member of the World Youth Championship-winning NZ U21 team.
A match-winner and one of the game’s greatest defenders, Kopua showed her durability when returning from a nine-month lay-off recovering and rehabilitating from a serious knee injury to lead the team at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
During 2014, Kopua captained the Silver Ferns for a record 62nd time, eclipsing Lyn Gunson’s long-held record of 61 Tests as captain.
The popular Kopua became the sixth Silver Fern to reach the 100-Test milestone in 2015 during the Constellation Cup.
Kopua has brought a strong work ethic to the Netball court, is fiercely proud and loyal to the core. Setting the on-court standards with her strength in the air, through-court carries, ability to make an intercept out of nothing and single-mindedness, others feed off Kopua’s sheer determination, a captain who leads by example.
Kopua was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Netball in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2011.
She has represented New Zealand at three Netball World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014).