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Good Performances at NZ Secondary Schools Waka Ama Nationals

This year, Fraser High School took two teams to the 2019 Secondary School Waka Ama Nationals at Lake Tikitapu in Rotorua.

There were more schools competing than previously and Fraser did exceptionally well, with one of our J19 crew coming home with a bronze and a silver medal. The J16 crew also did very well, as the majority of the team have never competed before. They managed to advance to the Bowl finals in the 500m race and the champ semis in the 250m race.

On Tuesday, four girls competed individually and three progressed to the final. One managed to claim a bronze medal in the J16 age group. The other individuals placed 4th and 9th in J19 age group.

Here some impressions of the week from some of the girls

“It’s always such a fun week at Nationals and I’m glad that all our trainings and hard work paid off in the end “  – Grace Small (seat 5, J19)

“Waka Ama Secondary Nationals 2019 had such a huge impact on me emotionally. It brought me and my crew closer together and I’ll forever be thankful for having these girls by my side for my last year at school. Although we may not have received the outcome that we wanted, regardless we went out there and paddled with our hearts, and still came home with a great achievement, putting our school name up there. We will always be proud of that”. – Aroha Hirawani (seat 1, J19)

“This year’s Nationals was definitely one of my favourites. My whole team became close within the short amount of time and I am grateful that we all found the trust in one another and could perform to a higher standard than we thought we could. We may not have come back with what we wanted but I am grateful we got something and I will always cherish the moment we all stood on the podium”  – Sorenity Ngahere (seat 4, J19)

We would like to thank all the family supporters and everybody who bought our chocolate. It means a lot for you to risk your health just so we can get to where we wanted to be, on the podium!

We would also like to give a huge thank you to our wonderful coaches Paora McGrath, Baylee Kelepamu and Taisha O’Brien, also our manager, Laura Green, and our volunteer kaimahi, Marina McGrath. Without your help we would have been lost lambs.