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Ruia Morrison, MBE
Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
After spending most of her childhood with a stick in her hand, Ruia Morrison was finally allowed on court as a 12-year-old – from that moment her tennis career took off.
Morrison was the first New Zealand woman and first Māori to play at Wimbledon, where she reached the quarter finals in 1957.
Believing in participation, Morrison played tennis until the 1970s and all together this inspirational woman won 13 national titles (including six singles).
In this extract from Māori Tennis. Acing it at 80 Morrison reflects on her tennis career.
Find out more about Ruia Morrison:
Read Morrison's profile on the Māori Sports Awards website.
Read an article about Ruia Morrison on The Spinoff .
Read Morrison's profile in the Rotorua Daily Post 's "Our People".
Image: Screengrab: Māori Tennis. Acing it at 80.
Catalogue Reference F99508
Director / Producer / Kaihautū: Erana Keelan
Narrator: Tamati Reedy