Rita Fatialofa-Paloto

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Rita Fatialofa-Paloto
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Netball World Championships
Silver 1983 Singapore Netball
Gold 1987 Glasgow Netball
World Games
Gold 1989 Karlsruhe Netball
ISF Women's World Championship
Gold 1982 Taipei Softball

Rita Fatialofa-Paloto MNZM (born 1963) is a Samoan sportsperson who played netball and softball for New Zealand.[1] She played for the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns, from 1982–1989. While able to play the shooting circle, her specialised position was wing-attack. She retired after the 1989 World Games where New Zealand defeated Australia in the final. Fatialofa-Paloto later coached the Samoan national netball team at the 1991 and 1995 Netball World Championships.[2] In 1999, she was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame,[3] and was also included in Netball New Zealand's all-time Dream Team.[4] In softball, she was a member of the team that won the 1982 ISF World Championship in Taipei, defeating the host nation in the final.[3] She is now coaching the Auckland Girls Grammar team 1 netball team.