In her swansong event, inspiring former captain Casey Kopua (nee Williams) will attend her fourth Netball World Cup event in Liverpool, 2019.
A proven performer over a long time, Kopua has come back from the birth of her first child and international retirement to have one last tilt at the sport’s pinnacle event.
An in-circle defender of outstanding quality, Kopua fulfilled her early promise when making her Silver Ferns debut in 2005. Earlier that year, Kopua had been a member of the NZU21 World Youth Championship-winning 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 player 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 also represented New Zealand at three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014).