An ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time for Tatiana

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Te Aroha Col­lege stu­dent Tatiana Kau­moana writes about her ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­ing at the New Zealand at the 2017 Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas.

Lead­ing up to the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games, I had been buzzing with ex­cite­ment. Train­ing had been go­ing well.

When we ar­rived in the Ba­hamas, it was just af­ter 9pm and was still eas­ily over 30 de­grees.

The ex­cite­ment struck me the next morn­ing when I woke up and headed out to the team bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties where I was able to meet the rest of the 32 New Zealand ath­letes.

We were stay­ing at a re­sort called the Breezes, which had been trans­formed into an ath­lete vil­lage.

This was an eye-open­ing en­vi­ron­ment to be a part of, be­cause I have al­ways heard about all of the Olympic Games hav­ing their own ath­lete vil­lages and to be a part of one and see how they func­tion was amaz­ing.

An­other bonus of liv­ing in an ath­lete vil­lage for 10 days is that I was con­tin­u­ally sur­rounded by so many like-minded peo­ple and was able to form so many new friend­ships from all around the world that will last for­ever.

The day af­ter we had ar­rived, we were straight in to train­ing and I couldn’t wait to get out there and throw.

The first few days of train­ing were re­ally about ac­cli­ma­tis­ing to the su­per-hot weather and be­ing able to per­form to the best of my abil­ity in the com­pletely new en­vi­ron­ment.

I re­ally do think that I gave my­self the best pos­si­ble lead up to the Com­mon­wealth Games, train­ing con­tin­u­ously and con­sis­tently hard for the months in ad­vance of the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion of my life.

As we pro­gressed through each suc­cess­ful train­ing and I con­tin­u­ally in­creased my speed back to where I was at be­fore leav­ing New Zealand, the closer and closer I came to fi­nally throw­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion that my fam­ily and I had been work­ing to­wards for the past seven years of ath­let­ics.

Ev­ery throw that I stepped into the cir­cle for, I gave my all.

My throws were con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing and my tech­nique felt awe­some and my hard work had all paid off.

I was ab­so­lutely stoked to have been able to bring home the sil­ver medal that I had been work­ing so hard for.

The Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas was my first ever ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and first ever ma­jor multi-sport games.

I re­ally hope that this is only one of the first of so many won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties that I will have with dis­cus, with the ma­jor goals of be­ing able to proudly wear the sil­ver fern on my chest again and rep­re­sent New Zealand at the World Ju­nior Games, World Univer­sity Games, Com­mon­wealth Games, World Cham­pi­onships and my dream goal is to com­pete at and win gold at the Olympic Games in the women’s dis­cus.

I amover­whelmed with my re­sult at my first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but am def­i­nitely hun­gry for more. I’ve al­ready started back with all of my train­ings, now pre­par­ing to de­fend my se­nior girls dis­cus ti­tle at the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in De­cem­ber and then to com­pete in the Aus­tralian State Champs again next March, fol­lowed by hope­fully com­pet­ing in the World Ju­nior Games.

Go­ing on this trip of a life­time has re­ally ce­mented the idea of the life I want to have for my­self with ath­let­ics and I am­ab­so­lutely cer­tain that be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional dis­cus thrower and com­pet­ing all around the world is 100 per cent what I want to be do­ing for many years to come.

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Tatiana Kau­moana in ac­tion at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas.

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