U16-U18 Tamaki Makaurau Interprovincial Team 2023 Team List
The Tamaki Makaurau team management are excited to announce such a strong group of up-and-coming athletes who have joined in on our Te Ika a Maui U16-U18 North Island Interprovincial Competition. Hot off the heels of an epic NZ Secondary School competition earlier in December, our young athletes are keen to gauge their performances against some of the best of their athletic peers across the North Island over the rest of the season.
This group of emerging talent include the current U18 NZ 4x400m Record Holders (Amelie Fairclough, Lucy Shennan, Kate Borton and Maddie Kelso-Heap), who blitzed the record at the inaugural Aoteroa Relays Festival in Tauranga in October earlier this year. As individuals, these four girls are ones to watch over the course of the season in their favoured events. We also see the likes of Blessing Sefo, a commanding figure in the throws circle, who has shown incredible future promise with his Shot Put, taking the NZSS Senior Boys Shot put title earlier this month. Our middle distance and distance running is looking strong with the likes of Jodie Nash, Sascha Letica, and Leila Daniels to name a few, and the senior jumps is looking good with Charlotte Goldsmith who won the Senior Girls Long Jump and placed 2nd in the Triple jump event at NZSS nationals.
In our Junior group we have exceptional throwing talent with the combination of Kate Hallie and Karmen Maritz who took out the #1 and #2 spots respectively for both the Junior Girls Discus and Shot Put at NZSS Champs, and not far behind them is Leila-Jae O’Loughlin who shows promise in her Junior Hammer event. Rounding off our amazing Juniors group, we have strong talent in our jumps with Benjamin Langley claiming the Junior Boys HJ event at NZSS nationals, and placing 2nd in the long hurdles. Jacqui Nasrabadi placing 3rd in the Junior Girls long jump at the nationals event also is an up and comer one to watch.
In a repeat of the 2022 version, the team will compete in a distributed-style competition against athletes from other regions over the course of a competition window, gaining performance points for their nominated 3 events at meets they attend either locally (McKinnon Shield meets), or on their travels, such as the Classics meets in January and February 2023. Performance measures are passed onto regional team managers to document. They gain points as individuals for their performances, and for their team. At the end of the competition window, points are tallied, and individual grade winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be announced from around the region. Regional team points will also be tallied and announced at the end of the competition window.
Keep an eye out for the 2023 Tamaki Makaurau tshirts – it promises to be bold and bright!