Life lessons in netball journey
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
Taumarunui High School Gold Coast Netball tour team.