A major highlight of my time at Rangitoto College has been getting involved in sports, specifically netball, indoor volleyball, and beach volleyball. Rangitoto College has opened the door to many of my sporting opportunities which has enabled me to compete right up to the international level.
I have been incredibly well supported and encouraged in all my academic studies, while also striving to excel in my sport. My sporting commitments see me spending many hours on the courts both in training and competition, often requiring time out of class and long hours before and after school. Through all this, Rangitoto College teachers, deans, and all staff members for that matter, have continually helped me manage both sports and academics, enabling me to achieve at my highest level. The school has each student’s best interests at heart and they have done an amazing job at supporting, encouraging, and checking in on my well-being through all this.
Luckily, we have had some great results! As a junior in indoor volleyball, our team won the Auckland Junior Volleyball Champs and went on to achieve second place at Junior North Islands. Progressing on to the Senior Premier team, we reached the pinnacle of our indoor volleyball experience at Rangitoto College by becoming the National Champions in 2023. This was a huge moment for the school as it was a double win with both the Senior Premier Boys and the Senior Premier Girls. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been appointed captain of my Junior Premier team in Year 10 and the Senior Premier team for the past three years, which has been a huge honour.
We have some incredible sports coaches at Rangitoto College and the culture and family that is created within the sport is an incredible thing to be part of.
Beach volleyball at Rangitoto College has also given me the most amazing opportunities. I have felt so well supported in aiming to succeed at the highest level I can and due to this support I reached my goal this year of winning a gold medal at the New Zealand Secondary School Senior Beach National Championships. This was followed by an invitation to compete in the World Schools Beach Volleyball Championships in Bat Yam, Israel. The level of competition was high in the U18 Selected Girls Division where we came sixth. It was an incredible experience to represent Rangitoto College and New Zealand on the world stage.
My time at Rangitoto College has certainly developed my passion for volleyball and my involvement extends beyond school. I have been playing for Harbour Volleyball for many years now, winning five consecutive national titles. We won the gold medal for U19 Indoor Volleyball Interprovincial Championships 2023 which followed on from winning U17 IPC and U15 the year before, where I was named MVP for both tournaments.
I am currently in the U19 New Zealand Junior Women’s Squad and I have hopes of making the final team to play in the U19 Indoor Volleyball Asian Championships in 2024.
For beach volleyball, I have similar goals. I am in the New Zealand age group squad and hope to make the U19 Beach Volleyball Asian Championships held in Thailand in 2024 with the subsequent potential to compete in U19 World Champs.
I have hopes to continue my volleyball at a university overseas in 2024.
Thanks to Rangitoto College I have been able to excel in my sport while maintaining a balance with my academic goals and leadership responsibilities. It’s been an incredible ride!