Name - Paris Lokotui
Age - 19
Ethnicity - Tongan Maori
Born and grew up where - Born in West Auckland but I was fortunate enough to grow up around the world before moving back to New Zealand. I lived in Japan for 4 years, England for 2 but moved to Queen Margaret College in Wellington for Years 7 to 13.
Multi-talented all-round sportswoman, midcourter Paris Lokotui makes the step-up to the elite level with the Pulse after two successful seasons with the Central Manawa Beko team. In her second year at university, Lokotui has already represented New Zealand in three different sports – netball (NZ Secondary Schools), basketball (Junior Tall Ferns) and water polo (NZU16). A Pulse training partner last year, Lokotui started out as an in-circle defender but has been re-modelled into primarily a wing defence/centre while capable of adding cover at goal defence. Among the second wave of young sportswomen named as part of the Tania Dalton Foundation which supports talented young sportswomen, Lokotui was named vice-captain of the NZU21 team which played in last year’s Cadbury Series.