Other nations admire us
Many of you will know Nina Reichardt. The 19-year-old Matamata lass is currently on her OE and living in London. She wrote this first person account about what it was like to watch Team New Zealand race in the America’s Cup in a country half a world away.
I’ve got that incredible gut wrenching feeling in my stomach. Yes, we missed out on the America’s Cup but I think what a large number of New Zealanders are failing to see is the big picture.
This is one Cup. There will be others.
We are a country of 4.5 million people, America, 313 million (not that the boat held this nationality anyway). America gets to keep their cup, but Team New Zealand; they get to go back to New Zealand, which as someone who has been gone for only four months is a prize all on its own.
We are a nation that punches well above our weight in everything we do.
Watching these races in the pub with Englishmen, Irishmen, Turkish, Canadian and so many other nationalities, they are all in support of Team New Zealand because of the heart and soul that our small nation has.
They are envious, and so they should be.
Even without the Cup – I wouldn’t trade places with any American any day.
How many other countries in the world would have a quarter of their population tune in to watch one team? And not just once, but race after race and let’s be honest with ourselves, most of us, for the first few races had no idea what a tack or jib was but we still held such pride in watching 12 men in black and white on the world stage against one big bloody corporate fish.
Don’t get me wrong, the cup would have been great but the getting there and support and team/national spirit is what is so astonishing to the other nations and why I am so proud to call myself a Kiwi, one of only 4.5 million out of seven billion people on this planet.
I travelled half way around the world before I realised how prestigious this is.
Aced it: Holly Manton and Bailey Mackie are now the proud owners of an iPad after winning the ACE club draw at Matamata College. Senior winner Holly Manton excelled at art, PE and sports science while junior winner Bailey Mackie excelled at business studies, English and PE. The draw is for any student who achieves an excellence throughout the school term and is sponsored by Stanley Group and Matamata Veterinary Services. From left: Kevin Stanley, Bailey Mackie, Holly Manton and Peter Davidson.
Proud to be a Kiwi: Nina Reichardt (right) pictured with her sister Sarah before going off on her OE.