New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Stella Beck

What is your full name and where are you from?

Stella Beck, from Wellington NZ

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

For me it was the most fun sport to play so I stuck with it.  

What schools did you attend? and what were your achievements and highlights?

Hutt Valley High School – we were back to back national champions in 2012 & 2011 

You are a role model for young women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?

Make sure you practice using both right and left hands and right and left feet, being able to use both sides of the body when playing is a huge advantage you can learn when you’re young. 

What has been the ultimate highlight so far in your career? 

My four years at Saint Mary’s College which got me a university degree. 

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

Team-mates, they have all become great friends of mine and it really drives me to be better and to play. 



Where do you see women’s basketball in the next five years? 

I think we will have a solid and well established womens national league with our Tall Ferns having qualified for the 2024 Olympics 🙂

Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?

Kalani Purcell 

In terms of your playing career, what would be the pinnacle for you? 

Playing in the WNBL – it is an elite competition

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

I loved my first pair of Kobe’s, played in them until they were in pieces.


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Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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