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Net Wins in Sports and Police / Manuia e maua i taaloga ma leoleoga

What do netball bronco tests and police physical appraisal tests (PAT) have in common? Both can help you get fit for life as a high-performing netballer and high-performing cop.

In sports, bronco shuttle fitness tests help athletes stay current. The PAT test ensures that police recruits have the high level of fitness required for frontline duties.

“The Bronco test maps surprisingly well to the PAT,” says Constable Eseta Autagavaia, a top netballer who is now four years into her police career. “It helped me maintain my fitness as a trainee in the police force.”

Eseta comes from a large Samoan family of six girls and two boys. Although she’s not fluent in Samoan, she knows a few words from family life – especially from the times when she or her siblings were naughty.

Netball has always been in the mix. Her parents didn’t know what to do with all their kids on the weekends, so Eseta and her twin sister signed to play netball from the age of four – and Eseta has loved the sport ever since.

Since graduating from the Royal New Zealand Police College in 2018, she has been working hard to pass her probationary police and netball careers.

“Netball New Zealand and Police are looking for good players and good cops,” she says. “The players and cops have similar stats, and netball can be a great introduction to the police force.”

The police have allowed Eseta to work flexible hours to suit her training schedule and she manages to balance full-time work and full-time education.

She normally plays as a shooter for the Robinhood Northern Comets team, was signed as a substitute for the Robinhood Northern Stars and will end the ANZ Premiership season with the Splice Construction Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. After that she will rejoin her national team Netball Samoa and our own National Police Netball Tournaments.

“Working in the police force has always been my ‘dream’ job. I wanted to graduate first and then come back to it, but got too impatient and applied to Wellington in 2017 at the end of a netball season.

“A good friend of mine and a netball teammate – Sergeant Kushla Dunning – told me some great work stories and I was always intrigued and thought, ‘That could be a little bit of me.’

“I am very fortunate to have been offered flexible employment opportunities, working an early Monday to Friday morning shift, rotating through the various frontline public safety teams.

“I train every morning, go to work and then train in the evening. It’s a very tough schedule, but I’m glad I have a supportive station that understands my commitments outside of work.”

According to Eseta, the transition from netball teamwork to police teamwork was seamless. Both require mental resilience for high-pressure situations and physical resilience to overcome performance limits.

“For me, both mental and physical fitness in stressful situations is important, like playing netball or police work when you’re in the middle of it,” she says.

Her advice to avid netballers or potential recruits? “Get out on the netball court and start running. Incorporating High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into your fitness will help prepare the body for the Police Physical Competency Test.

“I will definitely continue my training ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa – it’s intense and very exciting.”

David Cooper, Head of Commercial Netball New Zealand said Eseta’s story of combining a career in the police force while still playing semi-professional netball had been a huge inspiration to others.

“Being able to combine the two careers is a great option for our netballers, especially when you see how much the police have helped to allow flexible working hours. This is a perfect example of why our partnership with the police continues to be so strong and meaningful,” he said.

The Police have a long term recruitment partnership with Netball NZ. Find out more on the Newcops website.


Manuia e maua i taaloga ma leoleog

Constable Eseta Autagavaia in police uniform throws a pink netball in the air in front of a Newcops recruitment banner that reads 'Join our team today'.

O le à le mea e tutusa ai siaki a le au netipolo a Bronco ma Physical Appraisal Tests (PAT) e faia e leoleo? E tutusa uma i le mafai ona fesoasoani ia maualuga le malosi e te taalo netipolo ai ma maualuga le malosi e​ avea ai ma leoleo.

I taaloga, Bronco – Shuttle Fitness – o siaki ina ia faatumau ai pea le tulaga sili ona lelei o tagata taaalo ia latou taaloga. O le siaki PAT test e faamautinoa ai o loo iai i le tulaga maualuga le malosi e moomia oi latou ua faafaigaluega e avea ma Leoleo mo le faatinoga o tiute e tatau ona auai tino e faataunuu.

“E fesootai lelei o siaki e fai e le Bronco ma le PAT”, saunoa ai le tamaitai Malu o le Malo, Constable Eseta Autagavaia, o ia foi o se tamaitai iloga i le taaloga netipolo ae ua fā nei tausaga talu ona galue o se Lion. “Na fesoasoani e faatumau ai pea lo’u malosi i le vaitaimi na faia ai a’u aoaoga faaleoleo.”

O Eseta e tupuga mai se aiga Samoa toatele, e to’aono teine ​​ma tama e to’alua. E ui e lē matuā lelei tele lana tautala faa-Samoa, ae ua ia iloa ni nai upu mai le olaga faaleaiga – mai vaitaimi o le ulavale faatamaitiiti ai ma ona tei.

E iai lava lona fiafiaga i le netipolo. Sa tau saili e ona matua meafai e faafiafia ai ia ma ona tei i le faaiuga o le vaiaso ma o le fa o ona tausaga na amata ave ai Eseta ma lona uso masaga e taalo netipolo – na amata mai ai lava i lena taimi le naunau o Eseta i lea taaloga.

Talu ona ia faauu mai le Royal New Zealand Police College i le 2018, o loo galue malosi ina ia faamae’a lelei lona vaitaimi o loo vaavaaia ai le faatinoga o galuega faaleoleo, faapea le netipolo.

“O loo saili e le Netball New Zealand ma le Ofisa o Leoleo tagata e lelei le taalo ma e lelei i le faaleoleo” saunoa ai Eseta. “E tai tutusa lava agatausili a tagata taaalo ma malu o le malo, ma e mafai ona avea le taalo netipolo o se faitotoa sili ona lelei e ofi atu ai i le galuega faa-Leoleo.”

O le galuega a Eseta o se malu o le malo ua mafai ai ona fetuutuuna’i ona taimi ina ia fetaui ma le faasologa o ana toleniga, ma ua mafai ai lava ona ia fetuutuuna’i taimi o lana galuega tumau ma ana toleniga.

Ona e masani ona taalo i le tulaga togi polo (shooter) mo le ‘au a le Robinhood Northern Comets, na ave ai e taalo o set tasi e suitulaga i se tagata taalo mo le ‘au a le Robinhood Northern Stars ma o le a Latou Faamae’a is the ANZ Premiership’s taamilosaga of Splice Construction Waikato Bay’s Plenty Magic’s Latou Taaloga. Pe a mae’a lena, ona toe faatasi atu foi lea e taalo i lana ‘au le netball samoa national team faapea ma a tatou lava taamilosaga netipolo a leoleo i totonu o le atunuu.

“Na ou ‘moemiti’ lava e avea a’u ma Leoleo. Sa ou manao e maua muamua so’u tikeri ona ou toe foi mai lea i ai, ae ua lē mafai lo’u naunau tele na ou toe talosaga ai ao lata i le faaiuga o le taamilosaga netipolo ma Ueligitone i le 2017.

“E iai si a’u uo lelei ma te taaalo netipolo faatasi – o Sergeant Kushla Dunning – na tala ai ia te a’ui mea mananaia na faaosofia ai lava lo’u manatu ‘E ono faapena foi a’u.”

“O le mea ou te faaamuia ai a’uo le Flexible Employment Opportunities (FEO), ua mafai ai ona ou faigaluega mai le Aso Gafua i le Aso Faraile e auaua’ii sifi muamua o le taeao ona toe faasolo ai lava lea faapea i Public Safety Teams and auai tino e faataunuu galuega.

“E muamua lava fai a’u toleniga i le taeao, faato’ā usu ai i le galuega, ona toe toleni foi lea i le afiafi. O se faasologa faigata, ae ou te faaamuia i le lagolagosua a la’u galuega ia’u meafai e ese mai le galuega.

Fai mai Eseta sa faigofie fesuia’iga mai le netipolo i galuega faaleoleo. E moomia uma ai le maumaua’io le mafaufau mo tulaga e saputu ai le tele o mea e mamafa ai le mafaufau ma le malosi i le tino e finau ai i tulaga e faalavelavea ai taumafaiga.

“Ua ou iloa le tāua tele o le malosi o le mafaufau ma le tino e tali atu ai i tulaga e matuā lagona ai le mafatia, e pei o taaloga netipolo poo galuega faaleoleo, pe a faateteleina tulaga faigata nei”, saunoa ai Eseta.

O le à sana fautuaga i ē fiafia i le netipolo poo fia avea ma leoleo? “Se alu i le malae netipolo ma amata tamo’e solo! E fesoasoani le fai faatasi o le High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) ma au toleniga e faamasani ai lou tino mo le Police Physical Competency Test.

“O le a mautinoa lava le faaauau oa’u toleniga ao agai atu i tapenapenaga mo le Netball World Cup i Aferika i Saute i le 2023 – e matuā pisi lava ma manaia tele.”

Na ta’ua e le Netball New Zealand Head of Commercial David Cooper e faapea, o le olaga galue a Eseta fai faatasi ma taaloga netipolo faapolofesa o se tala e faaosofia ai le fia saili manuia i isi.

“O le mafai ona fai faatasi o galuega e lua o se filiiliga sili ona lelei mo a tatou tagata o taaalo netipolo, aemaise pe ae vaai atu i le lagolagosua a Leoleo i le fetuutuuna’io itula faigaluega, o le faaaoaoga sili lenei o le mafuaaga o loo faaauau ai pea ona mausalī ma talafeagai la tatou faiga faapaaga ma Leoleo“, o lana saunoaga lea.

Ua leva ona iai le faiga faapaaga a le Ofisa o Leoleo ma le Netball NZ. E maua nisi faamatalaga i le.

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