Tanaka has been a member of the New Zealand Basketball Academy since it opened in November 2011. As a member of the 15U Girls team she helped lead her team to the championship game of the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Live, where they were defeated by Las Vegas Elite.
In 2013, Tanaka was selected for the 16U Girls team, where they built on the success of the previous year, travelling again to Las Vegas and winning the Adidas Super 64 tournament.
She has represented Wellington Basketball Association in national tournaments in New Zealand, and was named to the Wellington U21 team when she was only 15.
(SF) Tanaka Gapare
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