The Silver Ferns are on top of the netball world for the first time since 2003 after beating Australia 52-51 in an enthralling final in Liverpool.
Kopua, who now has a gold medal to add to the three silvers she has previously won, said:
“It’s exactly what we came here for – the roller-coaster was a little bit bumpy and a little bit rough, but we knew that it was going to happen.
“It always comes down to that last shot, but I had no doubt in our girls – I don’t think anyone had any self doubt either. I just think the confidence and the processes that you could see in our team really showed there in that game.”
On finally being crowned world champion after an illustrious career, she added:
“Now I know how it feels on the other side of the fence! I also know how the other side feels, but this feels way better!”