Netball: New Zealand star Maria Tutaia says players must help develop netball

New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. The netball star is in town as part of Nations Cup 2014, where she will speak at a Coaches Seminar and conduct
New Zealand international netball player Maria Tutaia coaching school players at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014. The netball star is in town as part of Nations Cup 2014, where she will speak at a Coaches Seminar and conduct clinics and share her knowledge. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

New Zealand netball star Maria Tutaia believes it is imperative that players from the two powerhouse countries - Australia and New Zealand - do their part in raising the profile of the game globally, such as conducting netball clinics in developing netball nations.

Australia and New Zealand have shared the quadrennial Netball World Championships between them since the tournament's inception in 1963. Trinidad and Tobago are the only other country outside of the two to have won the title - in 1979, when three winners were crowned after a 10-team round-robin finals.

New Zealand are ranked second in the sport - behind Australia - and are four-time World Netball Championships winners (1967, 1979, 1987, 2003).

Tutaia, 27, coached school players aged 13-16 on Wednesday morning at the OCBC Arena, as part of the build-up to the Dec 7-13 Netball Nations Cup. She will also be exchanging pointers with local coaches over the weekend.

Said Tutaia: "It's very important for us to do all we can to grow our game globally, to share our knowledge and help other nations who might be struggling. It's extremely rewarding for me to be here and help Singapore netball."

The 1.87m-tall player added that she recently returned to training following a foot injury suffered at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and is now focused on making her return to the national team ahead of next August's Netball World Championships in Australia.

The Netball Nations Cup, which started in 2006, features six teams this year - Botswana, Singapore, Malaysia, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa - and takes place at the OCBC Arena. Singapore finished second last year, losing 29-52 to Uganda in the final.