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Taking on a new sport


Korfball – a sport not many have heard of, but one that Chelsea Ruiz decided to take up and made it all the way to the World Cup.

“I took up korfball because of the many opportunities that were available at the time and in the future. I started playing at the age of 11 and by 15 represented New Zealand at the World Cup Championships in the Netherlands”, says Chelsea.

“My World Championship highlight was having the opportunity to play against the Netherlands. They are the very best in the world and having the opportunity to see the country as well as to play against them was an unforgettable experience.

The biggest lesson I learned from that tournament was that it is okay to lose, as long as you put your best effort into the game. I also learned that the team wins and loses together, so I learned to remember that we got there as a team and we needed to celebrate the victory or accept the defeat together” ends Chelsea.

 Chelsea played Koftball for the Physical Recreation section of her Award and learnt at an early age the importance of teamwork, always trying your best, and that it’s OK to lose.  These key skills will be a huge asset to anything she faces in the future.

Koftball is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight players with four female players and four male players in each team. The objective is to throw a ball into a netless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m high pole.

The sport was invented by Dutch school teacher Nico Broekhuysen in 1902. In the Netherlands, there are approximately 500 clubs and more than 90,000 people playing korfball. The sport is also played in nearly 70 other countries.


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