Katene named MVP for province and club

03:17, Feb 26 2013
Basketballer Rosanna Katene
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Basketballer Rosanna Katene has certainly proved her worth in Canterbury.

Rosanna Katene's basketball season has been a beauty.

The former Timaru Girls' High School student has won just about everything she can in Canterbury.

The 21-year-old was named the Canterbury Wildcats most valuable player in the national women's basketball conference.

That followed her club side Varsity winning the women's premiership and Katene being named the competition's MVP as well.

For a while it looked as if Canterbury would not field a women's team as, in the aftermath of the earthquakes, basketball was without a home and the men's provincial team pulled the pin after a lack of sponsorship.

Katene, however, joined a group of women determined to carry on. Through mainly self-funding of $1000 each, they got to play in the national league, finishing eighth.

"It's been a pretty good season, I'm happy with it and hopefully it will help with sponsorship in the new season."

Former Mountainview High School student Dallas Frederikson also played for the Wildcats before heading to Kansas to play college basketball.

Katene, who is studying for a bachelor of education in physical education, said her aspirations at this stage were to keep playing for Canterbury.

"I may look at playing for New Zealand Universities in 2013 but there is a cost to that and I am also busy studying."

With the idea of a national under-23 women's competition also on the cards, Katene said that would be great.

"That would certainly be my focus as we had a number of our team that would still be eligible."

Katene now plays as a forward but started with mini-ball when she was about 6. She went on to represent South Canterbury at age-group basketball before moving to Christchurch to study.


The Timaru Herald