Fris­bee champ off to worlds

South Waikato News - - Your Health - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A pop­u­lar pri­mary school En­er­gizer con­sul­tant has been se­lected to rep­re­sent NZ at the World Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships.

Taki Morehu will com­pete in the mixed di­vi­sion na­tional team in Lon­don this month.

He will join seven members from his Hamil­ton club, the Ham­mer Tron Ul­ti­mate, who were also se­lected for the na­tional team. ‘‘My re­sponse was wow. ‘‘I was qui­etly sur­prised. I’m a lot older than the rest of my team mates. ‘‘I was very happy. ‘‘That’s a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion for us es­pe­cially from the strongholds of Welling­ton and Auck­land.’’

Morehu also tri­alled for the Masters team but got cho­sen for the mixed team.

He will be joined by his wife who also made the cut for the women’s team.

What started as an in­ter­est to learn some cool moves eight years ago has turned into a se­ri­ous com­mit­ment.

‘‘I saw a guy at Waikato Univer­sity, he had all these free­bies and he was throw­ing amaz­ing throws.

‘‘I thought to my­self I would look awe­some if I could do that on the beach.

‘‘I was in amaze­ment at what he could do, so I thought, yeah that’s me.’’

An of­fer was ex­tended for Morehu to join the club when he asked to be shown some of the throws.

Surgery on his shoul­der in 2011 pre­vented him from re­turn­ing to rugby.

He found the run­ning and skill in­volved was chal­leng­ing which kept him turn­ing up for train­ing.

In 2014 Morehu was se­lected for the NZ club team, Black Sheep which com­peted in the Best Club Cham­pi­onships in Italy.

He is the old­est per­son in his team so train­ing has been pushed up a few notches.

‘‘I don’t want to be drag­ging the chain.

‘‘It makes me push my­self to try and stay with these young guys.

‘‘I’m ner­vous as but un­til I step out there and play, it’ll be in­ter­est­ing.’’

Morehu is set to fly out a week be­fore the com­pe­ti­tions start on the June 19.

Taki Morehu has been se­lected to com­pete at the World Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships.

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