Spot on the New Zealand netball team could be next stop for New Plymouth sporting teen Parris Mason
2 Mar 2017
A young student who is on both the national basketball and touch rugby teams reckons she's better at netball.
So Parris Mason, 14, who will this year travel to Australia with the New Zealand U-16 basketball and touch rugby teams, has set her sights on becoming a triple national representative, at least for a while.
"I'd say I was probably better at netball...I haven't really had a chance to prove myself yet," Mason said.
"I guess in the future I'll have to chose between the three."
The New Plymouth Girls' High year 10 student doesn't have a favourite sport but touch rugby was her first break into the sporting world.
"Dad used to coach me when I was little and then it kind of took off from there," she said.
"I only started playing basketball about three years ago now."
While she can't chose between her three codes she said touch was initially her priority.
"I had a bit of a tantrum when I was trialling for basketball because it meant I was going to miss a touch tournament."
Now the 14-year-old is going to have to balance her weekly timetable between three basketball trainings and two touch trainings and netball.
"I think my parents will be pretty happy when I'm old enough to get my licence," she said.
However, she's enjoying the challenge so far having just got back from a basketball training camp on Monday.
"The intensity is a real step up. But from what I hear the Australians are even more intense.
"It definitely makes you train harder and want to be better training with people at that level."
Mason will travel to Perth in July for the New Zealand basketball A team and then head to the Gold Coast with the New Zealand touring touch team in September.