Life lessons in net­ball jour­ney

Ruapehu Press - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Stu­dents from Tau­marunui High School will be board­ing the plane this week to com­pete in the Gold Coast Net­ball Car­ni­val.

Held on July 8, the team will spend one week com­pet­ing at the youth event which is fo­cused on spirit and sports­man­ship.

This is the sec­ond time the school has sent a team to the event.

Coach Ari­ana Te Wake said the girls had worked hard on fundrais­ing for the event for 18 months.

Each player had to come up with $2000 each.

Run­ning hol­i­day pro­grammes, sell­ing sheep ma­nure and other ac­tiv­i­ties helped with rais­ing funds and help from busi­nesses that spon­sored in­di­vid­ual play­ers.

‘‘It’s re­ally awe­some of them, com­ing in and help­ing these girls.’’

The process to se­lect a team was held over a pe­riod of time with 11 young women mak­ing the fi­nal cut.

Coach Melissa Ta­iaroa said it was a huge op­por­tu­nity to of­fer the stu­dents a chance to de­velop their skills.

‘‘It is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity and the life skills that go with that are mas­sive.

‘‘So while we go over to com­pete and to win, a huge part of the whole jour­ney from the first time they join the squad and tour­ing is ac­tu­ally the life skills they de­velop along the way.’’

The stu­dents have learnt how to bud­get and take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ment to come

‘‘It is a once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity and the life skills that go with that are mas­sive.’’ Melissa Ta­iaroa

up with their own fund­ing.

Some of the stu­dents will travel over­seas for the first time when they leave on July 7.

‘‘It’s a whole lot of lit­tle things that peo­ple take for granted like go­ing through the air­port and fill­ing out the pa­per work.’’

The team will spend ten days on the Gold Coast and have made sure to in­clude sight see­ing and shop­ping.

On the off sea­son the team had

MARIA COLE

Tau­marunui High School Gold Coast Net­ball tour team.

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