EP 54 – Maria Folau – Positive Parenting, Learning to Shoot, and her Love for Netball


“You can’t make excuses. You had to wake up every morning to train. You had to eat the right foods and make sure you were hydrated. Those were the things that dad always instilled in us, and to not let anyone stand in the way.”

My guest on the show today is one of New Zealand’s best-known netballers, Maria Folau (@mariatutaia). In 2015, Maria became just the fourth Silver Fern to play 100 Test Caps for her country. She began her international career in 2005 as a 20-year-old and has been a mainstay of the Silver Ferns ever since. She’s represented New Zealand at three Netball World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014). In 2017, Maria married Tongan Australian rugby player, Israel Folau.

In this episode, Maria talks about her modest upbringing and how it shaped her life, why her parents are so important to her netball success, some advice for the aspiring young netballer, and much more.

Other topics we discuss on the show:

  • Gratitude and how Maria came to understand it
  • How Maria learned to shoot
  • What Maria believes is her number one strength
  • Significant coaches in Maria’s life
  • Maria’s love for Netball
  • The frustration of injury and how to overcome it
  • What’s next for Maria, including her desire to have babies

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