Frisbee champ off to worlds
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.