Hard work pays off for committed tag players
Prior to the Christmas holidays, the North Harbour tag team was selected to compete in the New Zealand Tag Nationals. This team included four girls from Glenfield College: Leeah Ryder, Rona Wharawhara, Florida Fatanitavake and Anzia Singe.
The girls were incredibly dedicated; but be that as it may, they had never competed in a tournament of this calibre. To some this would have been a setback. However, according to them it was simply a driving force to work even harder. In preparation, they voluntarily underwent intense military-styled training sessions orchestrated by their coach, Johno Johnson. “Basically, they were told that they would have to push themselves beyond what they had pushed themselves in any other sport,” said Johnson.
Training was difficult; it was not your average run-around-the-block workout session. Instead, Johnson focused on strengthening not only their physical abilities, but also their state of mind. “We had massive tyres that weighed probably as much they did. The Idea was to flip the tyre and keep going and going until they couldn’t go any more. It wasn’t so much about strength training, it was more about attacking the object. Like in the game, attack the team.”
According to the team, the entire ordeal brought them a whole lot closer. For the weekend of the tournament they stayed in the Glenfield Whare. “I think that was the key to it really. Although we had been coming together over the holidays, I think living together, eating together, laughing together, crying together and all those sorts of things definitely helped, and the girls would be the first to say it,” said Johnson. If there is a lesson to be learnt here it is, as coach Johnson put it, “If you are willing to work hard for something; be it at school, be it a career, be it a sport, then you’re going to get the results.”
The student’s dedication and commitment to the game ultimately lead to success. North Harbour went into the tournament as the self proclaimed underdogs and came out the proud owners of a well-deserved first place trophy.
Interview Written by Monica Sayani