Bethlehem College

Rachel
Stratton

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Rachel Stratton

Rachel has made her mark in both Beach and Indoor Volleyball over the last three years. She has been a member of several national teams in both codes. Her favourite sporting experience was when she was playing in the Australian National Championships. Her North Island representative team had been given the underdog label and she said the fact that they took the defending champions to a final set and beat other teams they were not expected to beat, made the victories sweet, and it was a real highlight of her career so far.
Rachel has represented New Zealand in the USA, Thailand and Australia and her 2018 goal is to make the New Zealand U19 Indoor team who will travel to Vietnam and to make the U19 team to compete in the Beach World Championships.
Rachel’s accomplishments include representing New Zealand in Australia with the North Island U17 team where they won gold in 2015 and achieved a silver medal as captain in 2016. She has represented New Zealand as a member of the NZ Under-17 Beach Volleyball squad at the U17 Asian Championships in Thailand in May 2016, and was a part of the Under-19 squad who travelled to the United States last year. She and her partner also won silver at the NZ age groups in the U19 beach volleyball champs in 2017.
Rachel’s favourite colour is blue and her favourite subject is Biology.
The most meaningful bible verse to Rachel is;
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Rachel is our Senior Sports Captain this year and also spends some of her spare time coaching volleyball and working so that she can save for her future tournaments. She is a focused, humble and talented athlete.