Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Waka Ama - Paddling Our Own Canoe

There are so many sports that students at FDMC are now able to compete in. Waka Ama has been a growth sport over the last decade with our level of competitiveness increasing every year, thanks to the work of Taare Ruakere and Mike Crow. Taare's article from the recent newsletter highlights two common aspects of sport at FDMC, the great support we receive from parents and old boys and the fact that we can rely on our student's behaviour when they are representing the college.

Late last term our school along with Sacred Heart competed in the Waka Ama sprints at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lakes) Rotorua. We had four teams competing
in the four-day event in which over 90 schools race in 250m straight races and 500m turn races. The teams trained very well leading up to the regatta,
committing to early morning trainings and fundraising events. 

The commitment to training and teamwork paid off for one of our J19 crews as they placed 2nd in the 500m turn race Plate final. This was particularly
pleasing as for a number of them it was their last year. Also one of our J16 crews just missed out on a placing in the bowl 250m final by .4 of a second.

We were very fortunate to stay at Whakarewarewa marae and be able to soak in the hot pools after a long day up at the lake. Everyone really enjoyed their
time together at this year’s regatta and the boys gained valuable life experience from staying and working together both on the water and at the marae. 

Our students did our school and province proud in the way they cooperated and stepped up to the challenges. I’m really looking forward to what will be another exciting Waka Ama season starting in term three this year.

Special mention must be made of the great parental support we had in Judy Hau , Carolyn Penn, Leanne Perham, Gill Miles, Claire Quin and Peter Jones; a big thank-you to you all. Your efforts in the organising of our meals and the kitchen helped make the trip the great success it was. I would also like to acknowledge Tony Penn and the parents who supported us in our Hangi fundraiser. Tony’s company ‘Cast Iron Services’ sponsored the vegetables.

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