Applications now open for Tairawhiti Rising Legends

OUR region’s most talented young athletes have until the end of November to apply for the 2020 Tairawhiti Rising Legends squad and get on the path to achieving their highest potential.

Tairawhiti Rising Legends (TRL) is an initiative run by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to provide athletes with developmental support, mentoring, workshops and a $1000 scholarship. Athletes must be living in the Tairāwhiti region and aged between 14 and 17 to be eligible.

“Our region’s coaches, clubs and families are fantastic at developing promising young athletes and our goal with the TRL programme is to continue preparing them for the high-performance sporting environment outside of the region,” Talent Lead, Carl Newman said.

Since the programme began in 2007, many of the TRL athletes have gone on to become New Zealand and world champions, Commonwealth Games medallists, even Olympians.

The TRL programme draws on expertise from many quarters including the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti management team, High Performance Sport New Zealand and an advisory group to give athletes the support they need to succeed.

TRL athletes attend individual mentor sessions covering nutrition, mental skills and life planning, as well as group expert-led sessions on public speaking, media and sponsorship, and strength and conditioning.

“These workshops are designed to prepare our young athletes for the challenges of sport at the elite level and help them continue their training programmes when they leave the area.”

“We’re fortunate to have so many rising sports legends in our community and we encourage these athletes to apply for the 2020 squad. Seeing them go on to achieve excellent results on a national and world stage is a very rewarding aspect of the programme,” Mr Newman said.

Applications for the 2020 Tairāwhiti Rising Legends squad close on 22 November 2019. For more information, contact Carl Newman, Talent Lead, at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti on 868 9943 ext. 719 or click here. 

Tairawhiti off to a flying start in U15 Softball North Island Champs

The U15 Softball North Island Champs kicked off today, with teams from all corners of the North Island descending on Waikirikiri Park for four days of grueling competition. The opening match saw Tairawhiti square off against Manawatu, and after an impressive haka the Tairawhiti side loked polished and calculated. The final score of the match was 11-2, and puts Tairawhiti in a good position going into their remaining round-robin matches.

There will be games played all day for four days at the domain, and the spectating will be exciting.

Tairawhiti U15 Boys Softball warm up for North Island Champs

The Tairawhiti Softball Boys Under 15 team traveled to Hawkes Bay on Saturday to play 3 games to begin preparations for the under 15 nationals to be held in Gisborne January 12-15.

First up was Napier Boys High School who struggled with the accuracy and power of Tairawhiti pitcher Treyson Hikitapu-Wilson. Tairawhiti dominated with the bat culminating in a massive home run by Hikitapu-Wilson eventually winning 15-1. Continue reading “Tairawhiti U15 Boys Softball warm up for North Island Champs”