Wednesday October 4, 2017
TriAbility Triathlon Sporting success at Wainuiomata High School returns The TriAbility Triathlon is returning to Wainuiomata. Sport Wainuiomata Inc is partnering with the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust to run the 2018 event in Wainuiomata for the fifth year. The TriAbility Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018. It is an inclusive multisport event that
supports people of all ages and abilities in a competitive environment. In the past, the event has attracted healthy competition with athletes given the choice of three distances: Sprint (700m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run); Super Sprint (300m swim, 9km cycle, 2.5km run); and Super Sonic (50m swim, 2km cycle, 400m run). Registrations open on November 4.
Tanara Haenga, left, and Alex Faifailoa have had outstanding sporting achievements recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
A team from Thumbs Up Trust crossing the finish line in a previous competition. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File
Lions play for charity
Congratulations went out to several Wainuiomata High School students after their outstanding sporting achievements recently. Year 13 student Tanara Haenga has been selected for the New Zealand Maori under 18 rugby team. Tanara was part of the team that faced off against the New Zealand Barbarians schools team at Massey University on Monday. He is set to play against a Tonga schools team on Friday, October 6. The game will be played at Porirua Park with kick-off at 2pm. Tanara will be joined on the team by Jacob Pepper-Edwards, Cameron Huata, Te Ariki Te Puni, Billy Priestley, Jonas Pomare, Robert Rush, Josh Hill, Donovan Mataira, Sam Smith, Terrell Peita, Tamarau McGahan, Keelan Whitman, Shamara Brooks, Stewart Cruden, Tahu Kaa, James Simpson-Te Pairi, Tobias Wickham-Manuel, Coel Kerr, Nikau McGregor, John Cooper, Jaylen Tuapola, Eru Tahuri, Austin Brown, and Ben
Strowger-Turnock. The team announced by Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board Peter Goldsmith is made up of talented high school-aged boys who had been part of New Zealand Rugby’s E Tu Toa rugby development programme in 2016. Alex Faifailoa, a year 13 student and head boy at Wainuiomata High School, also made the Wellington under 18 rugby team that played on Monday. Caleb Cavubati, Misi Faimalo, Jack Gray, AJ Hart, Kaitu Ioane, Tama Kapene, Moala Katoa, Mellenniumma Leota, Tominiko Maiava, Werdna Maligi, Malo Manuao, Eli Moata’a, Tai Neli, Stanley Paese, Kyle Preston, Matiu Samuel, Mitchell Stringer, DJ Taoipu, Manaaki Tiatia-Boyle, Jason Tuitama, and Junior Uelese as well as several reserve players will join Alex as part of the Wellington under 18 team. Jared Paku, Raymond Seumanu, and Manawa Lambert on the front page of this week’s Wainuiomata News are also from Wainuiomata High School.
with Jacob Page
Giving change a sporting chance Julian Savea hanging out with a Wellington Children’s Hospital patient Brody William Burrows. Photo: Radar Photography NZ
Superhero styled playing jerseys, a one-of-a-kind silver coin, and a big dose of courage was the driving force behind the Wellington Lions’ annual Wellington Children’s Hospital Charity Game against Otago on Sunday. Each one of the 23 unique playing jerseys are set to be auctioned on TradeMe with funds raised going to the Wellington Children’s Hospital. In previous years, the team and auction has raised more than $6000. Wellington Lions captain Brad Shields says the squad were proud of the team’s decade-long association with Wellington Children’s Hospital and urged people to get behind the cause. “It’s always humbling to visit the children’s ward and inspiring to see the courage of the patients and their parents as well as the work the staff do and to be able to make a small contribution is
a real privilege,” Brad says. Wellington Hospitals Foundation chairman Bill Day said the long association between the Lions and Wellington Children’s Hospital was a great story of how sport can make a positive difference. “Of course the money raised makes a tangible contribution, but it is difficult to place a value on putting a smile on a young patient’s face when they’re going through a tough time,” he says. The Village Goldsmith was also on board this year, designing a unique oneof-a-kind sterling silver coin used by the referee for the pre-match coin toss. The referee’s coin was engraved with the head and tail of WCH mascot Hospi with the date of the game in a special tribute to the two organisation’s decade long partnership. It was added as the 24th charity auction item.
Social change movements really are starting to have a dramatic impact on sport around the world. For good or bad, sport is being used as a platform to demand change globally. You have American NFL players kneeling for the national anthem in a search for equality between white and African Americans. There’s US president Donald Trump saying he’d fire all of them for doing it if they worked for him. There’s American singer Macklemore causing a stir in Australia by performing a song about gay rights at the NRL Grand Final and then donating his pay from that event to a gay rugby advocacy group. Right or wrong, sport draws eyeballs and therefore it presents the best forum to advocate for change. The same reason charities like to
get their messages out to the masses by partnering with a sports league is the same reason why players are now making the most of their chance in the spotlight. However, these issues are overshadowing the games themselves. Is that right? That’s up for debate. I’ve always been of the opinion that if you don’t accept change and evolve with the times, you get left behind. Macklemore wants equality for all. It would be a braver individual than me to disagree with such a statement. Those two examples aren’t the first acts of social change being instigated using sport, people have used the Olympic Games regularly throughout history to demand change on global attitudes either through their actions or by not turning up at all. Pick a side and stick to it. For me, equality for all sounds pretty good.
Wainuiomata News 04-10-17