Stel­lar year for Tessa

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By JULIET DUN­LOP-FRASER

Cham­pion ath­lete Tessa Bradley — seen com­pet­ing in the beach flags event in Ade­laide — has had a stel­lar year. The Katikati Col­lege Sportsper­son of the Year won gold and the over­all World Youth Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, with the NZ Ju­nior Black Fins, beat­ing Aus­tralia and France. She broke records and notched up nu­mer­ous medals along the way.

What an amaz­ing year for Katikati Col­lege’s Dux Lu­do­rum (Sportsper­son of the Year) Tessa Bradley. Her se­lec­tion in the Ju­nior Black Fins came ear­lier this year and set the stage for many months of in­ten­sive train­ing on the beach and in the pool.

Her se­lec­tion came af­ter com­pet­ing in the Surf Life­sav­ing Ocean Na­tion­als in March in the U19 fe­male cat­e­gory bring­ing home five team golds, one team sil­ver and two in­di­vid­ual bronze in the surf swim and board race. She next com­peted in the East­ern Re­gion Surf Life Sav­ing (SLS) pool champs in Au­gust and was the U19 over­all fe­male win­ner, win­ning seven out of seven in­di­vid­ual events and was also won in three of the four team events.

The North­ern Re­gion SLS pool champs in early Sep­tem­ber gave her an in­di­vid­ual first, sec­ond and three third plac­ings and sec­ond in two team events. The fi­nal big event in her cal­en­dar be­fore the Ade­laide World Cham­pi­onships was the 2018 Surf Life Sav­ing NZ Pool Res­cue champs on Oc­to­ber 12 in Auck­land, where she per­formed on an out­stand­ing level achiev­ing a na­tional ti­tle gold medal in the six-per­son club mega re­lay. Tessa also picked up three in­di­vid­ual U19 fe­male bronze medals in 50m manikin carry, 50m with fins, 200m su­per life­saver, along with a sil­ver and bronze in other U19 club re­lay events.

This took her to the World Ju­nior and Open Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships held in Ade­laide last week­end. Along with her team­mates, Tessa helped to rack up the medals, grab­bing gold in the beach re­lay event (Bri­ana Irv­ing, Sasha Reid, Tessa Bradley, Lucy Makaea), a gold in the

4x25m manikin re­lay (Lucy Makaea, Macy Burns, Clau­dia Kelly, Tessa Bradley) and five sil­vers in the 4x50m med­ley re­lay,

200m ob­sta­cle re­lay, the tube res­cue, board res­cue and ocean women re­lay event. One of the most as­tound­ing re­sults was the world record and gold medal in the mixed pool life­saver re­lay (Macy Burns, Tessa Bradley, Zac Reid, Os­car Wil­liams) in 1:58.14. The Ju­nior Black Fins also got gold for over­all World Youth Cham­pi­onships beat­ing Aus­tralia, sec­ond and France, third.

Ju­nior Black Fins team mem­bers — Ai­dan Smith, Pa­pamoa, Bri­ana Irv­ing, Waikanae, Clau­dia Kelly, East End, De­clan Demp­ster, Mount Maun­ganui

Lochlainn O’Con­nor, Mount Maun­ganui, Lucy Makaea, Piha, Macy Burns, Lyall Bay, Mitch Cow­drey, Pa­pamoa, Sasha Reid, Fitzroy, Os­car Wil­liams, Piha, Tessa Bradley, Mount Maun­ganui and Zac Reid, Fitzroy.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Tessa, we are so proud of your suc­cess and how hard you have worked for it.


Katikati Col­lege hosted the BOP In­vi­ta­tional Ki o Rahi tour­na­ment last Fri­day. The tra­di­tional Ma¯ ori game is based on the Pu­rakau (le­gend) of Rahi­tu­takahina and the res­cue of his wife Tiaraku­ra­pake­wai. The ta¯ karo is a re­flec­tion of Tupuna sto­ry­telling at its best, and pro­vides an in­sight into the way in which they would ex­plain and de­sign Ta¯ karo to re­flect their unique ‘world view’. The Papa Ta¯ karo (field) lay­out of Ki o Rahi and the way the Ta¯ karo is played is a per­fect ex­am­ple of this. In per­fect con­di­tions, KKC was de­lighted to wel­come three new schools to our tour­na­ment, Rotorua Boys’ and Rotorua Girls’ High schools, and Opotiki Col­lege. It was a com­pet­i­tive day with old ri­vals Te Wharekura o Mauao bring­ing a strong con­tin­gent. With nearly 25 games played over the day, it couldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out vol­un­teer um­pires/ recorders Roelien Du Plessis, Tes­i­moni Uilou, Le­sen Huiarangi, Ethan Fraser, Sos­ti­tini Tau­tua and Char­lotte Sch­nack­en­berg, so big thanks to them.

The fi­nals were in­tense and the skill level amaz­ing with the boys fi­nal played off be­tween RBHS and TWoM with Rotorua prov­ing too strong win­ning 14-5. In the girls fi­nal the KKC Year 9s took on the TWoM Year 9s and showed the re­sults of their train­ing com­ing away the win­ners 8-2. The grand fi­nal was be­tween KKC Year 9 mixed team and TWoM Year 10 mixed team. It was a hard fought match but the Katikati kids ran out of gas and Te Wharekura took the vic­tory 15-2. Thanks to Adam Wal­ter for all his hard work or­gan­is­ing and Steve Gil­roy for the per­fect con­di­tion of the four fields.


Katikati Col­lege sent a large team of 43 ath­letes to the Tau­ranga Do­main to com­pete in the BOP Zone Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships on Novem­ber 21. The new track was in great con­di­tion and the many ath­letes from Rotorua to Waihi had a fan­tas­tic day, with only a cou­ple of show­ers to avoid.

Top young ath­lete Gemma Groe­newald showed her class and a clean pair of heels to her ri­vals, tak­ing out the 800m and 1500m eas­ily. These re­sults gave her the over­all sec­ond place for Year 8 girls.

Our two young throw­ers also took away first places with Ana Tuivai win­ning the Year 8 girls shot­put and Malinga Taulani win­ing the Year 7 girls dis­cus. Macken­zie Wal­ter had a great re­sult with a first place fin­ish in the Year 7 girls 800m and Desti­nee Benge came home in third in the Year 7 1500m. Over­all a fan­tas­tic day!


2018 Ju­nior Black Fins — Tessa Bradley kneel­ing sec­ond from right.

Te Reti Kingi finds great height to take a shot at the tupu.

Sione Ki­valu and AJ Tangi guard the tupu from TWoM at­tack.

First run­ner Meghann Fraser hands over to Lu­cas Moka on the first change in the BOP Zone Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships re­lay.


NZ Pool Res­cue Cham­pion U19 Tessa Bradley.

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