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Catherine Tuivaiti of Severn Stars.

Catherine Tuivaiti of Severn Stars during the match between Severn Stars and Manchester Thunder at Resorts World, Birmingham, England on 6th February 2022

Wasps have announced the appointment of Cat Tuivaiti as the club’s new Head Coach for the 2023 season.

Tuivaiti, who has represented both Seven Stars and Strathclyde Sirens in the Superleague, has also agreed terms to join the playing squad for the 2022/23 season.

Tuivaiti, a 6ft 2” Goal Shooter, has a vast amount of playing experience at international level having earned 24 caps for the New Zealand Silver Ferns and 30 caps for Samoa, representing them at both the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2007 World Cup.

Having discovered a passion for mentoring young players during her time as Netball Development Officer for Netball North and Auckland Netball, this will be Tuivaiti’s first senior coaching role

Upon her appointment, she said: “I’m thrilled to join the Wasps family! I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead this team into another era, but also keep a foot in the shooting circle. This is a very new, but very exciting challenge, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“Wasps is built on rich history and a sporting legacy dating back over a hundred and fifty years. The club’s values align very closely with mine, so it always felt very natural coming in.

“I am keen to add my own flavour to the side, and learn from everyone here. I know that with my family behind me, and the Club supporting me, we can do some phenomenal things together.”

General Manager, Sarah Taylor, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Cat and her family to Wasps. Her experience in high performance environments, combined with an exciting outlook on the game, made Cat a natural choice for the role.

“We have a big pre-season ahead of us and are really looking forward to working with Cat to deliver the vision we have for our club.”

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