Great at­ti­tude a win­ner

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Foun­da­tion for Youth Devel­op­ment ( FYD) Waikato, ANZ Bank, and South Waikato News are proud to award Tave Tuakana- Natua of Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate School in Toko­roa as South Waikato’s Pos­i­tive YoungStar for De­cem­ber 2012. Pos­i­tive YoungStar re­cip­i­ents are pos­i­tive role models in their school who show val­ues of re­spect, in­tegrity and re­silience.

Val­ues of re­silience, re­spect and in­tegrity have helped lead 13- year- old Tave TuakanaNatua to great success in his rugby ca­reer, play­ing a piv­otal role in the Roller Mills Tro­phy win­ning Waikato team.

Tave, a stu­dent at Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate, is this month’s Pos­i­tive YoungStar show­ing that strong val­ues can help you suc­ceed in all as­pects of life. Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate Prin­ci­pal Rus­sell Thompson, who nom­i­nated Tave for the award, de­scribes a young role model who is hum­ble in his success and kind to­wards oth­ers.

‘‘Tave is a pos­i­tive role model, he works pos­i­tively and kindly with other stu­dents, be­ing one of the first to check in on any­one who looks like they are un­happy, hurt or left-out. He is a great ex­am­ple of a young per­son who can over­come peer pres­sure and make the right choices for him and oth­ers around him.

‘‘His re­cent achieve­ment in rugby, I feel, is a re­sult of all of Tave’s great qual­i­ties of re­spect, hon­esty and re­silience coming to­gether’’ adds Mr Thompson.

‘‘I feel proud to have been in

Tave Tuakana-Natua. the team’’ says Tave ‘‘But I try to be hum­ble; Mum and Dad taught me that, al­ways be hum­ble.’’

And it is his par­ents that Tave looks to as his own pos­i­tive role models de­scrib­ing the qual­i­ties he ad­mires in them as help­ing oth­ers, be­ing true to them­selves, be­ing hum­ble and think­ing of oth­ers.

A re­silient at­ti­tude is clearly ev­i­dent when speak­ing to Tave. His ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to tri­als and train­ing for the Waikato team earned him his place, at­tend­ing train­ing even when un­well so that he could be there to sup­port his team mates and lis­ten to the coaches train­ing ad­vice.

Tave is the el­dest child with a younger brother at Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate and a younger sis­ter at­tend­ing Strath­more School. Next year Tave will be at­tend­ing Toko­roa High School and is look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the FYD Stars pro­gramme run in the school.

Tave is keen to con­tinue with his rugby and one day have a shot at play­ing for the All Blacks, and would also like to be­come a doc­tor.

Stu­dents aged 5-12 years can be nom­i­nated for the Pos­i­tive YoungStar Award by their teach­ers. If you are a teacher and have a stu­dent you think is de­serv­ing of the Pos­i­tive YoungStar Award, please con­tact FYD Waikato on 07 839 7058 for more in­for­ma­tion or down­load a nom­i­na­tion form from our web­site fy­d­waikato.org.nz.

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