Ovia making her mark in netball

first_imgThe 21-year-old from Central – Kairuku and Malalaua in Gulf province is just new on the international scene, but is slowly making her mark.Ovia started playing netball at the age of six and growing up said she looked up to Pepes veteran, Kilala Owen.Her first taste of playing at an international level was at the Mission Foods Nations Cup 2016 last month in Singapore where Ovia got to play alongside Owen.Ovia, who plays goal keeper or goal defence, was thrown into the deep end in the Pepes first match of the Nations Cup against Canada.  But she was up to the challenge and helped guide her country home to a 73-30 win.After the Nations Cup, Ovia was automatically selected into the U21 PNG side that took part in the Oceania Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand at the end of September.“It was nerve wrecking for me in the first few games but this eventually subsided.“It was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot as a defender about how to better work around the shooters and keep them from scoring,” said Ovia.The eldest of five children, Ovia was asked who has had the biggest influence in her life.She responded saying it is her mother Michelle Ovia.“My mother always reminds me, ‘no pain, no gain’ and to apply this to sports and to life as well,” said Ovia.Outside of netball, Ovia is a first year student at the Port Moresby Business College studying Business Management.“It was a hassle at first but I’ve learnt how to balance both sports and school. But I think education should always come first. It’s a priority,” said Ovia.With her eyes now set on making the PNG team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Ovia had this advice to give to youths.“There are lot of sacrifices to make if you want to achieve something, but if it’s your heart’s desire, then pursue it with everything you have,” said Ovia.Photo credit: Netball Singaporelast_img

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