Rita Fatialofa-Paloto

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

Rita Fatialofa-Patolo 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.

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