Monday, April 22, 2013

Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament, Japan 2013

Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament

2 years ago, I was nervous going into the AIMS games tournament, taking on 31 different schools from around the country to be crowned the Intermediate Rugby sevens champs of New Zealand. I remember the very thoughts going through my mind before the grand final. "Am I good enough", "Are we going to win?", "Am I going to get injured?". All very normal feelings leading into a big game. Imagine that feeling, times ten.

After 4 months of intense training I am preparing to take off to Japan to battle it out in the annual Sanix World rugby tournament. My school won the right to do so by winning the National top four final last year against Otago boys. I am leaving tomorrow with huge excitement as well as a nervous feeling in my stomach. Knowing that I will be representing New Zealand alone is a huge honour, and I will do my very best to make sure we give others a very good impression.

We are staying overseas for the whole school holiday period of two weeks. I am looking forward to the challenge as well as being very thankful for the oppurtunity to be apart of such an event. This is an experience I know I will never forget, and I thank God for blessing me with this gift.

Thank you so very much to all those who helped fundraise for part of my trip, it means a lot to me that you were willing to bless me and contribute to this. May God bless you family, friends and teachers. Alofa tele atu.


Dorothy said...

What an amazing opportunity Dan. I know you will give it 200% and get so much from the experience. Do keep us posted because I don't trust the mass media to give us good coverage ;)

God bless

Mrs Burt

Miss K said...

Amazing! You truly deserve this opportunity Dan. Have fun, make the most of it and buy your mum a nice present!
Good luck and play hard.
And like Mrs BUrt said - please make sure to keep us updated on your games.
Miss King

Sally said...

Wow Tanielu! How exciting! You are very blessed! We are so proud of you and believe that you'll have the greatest time. It'll be waaayyy different from the AIMS games - where you won't be sleeping in a marae and having boys like Jonty or Feki who try to keep everyone up with their never ending stories hehe...Carry the good times with you Tanielu and create more happy memories. I know you'll do your best. May God bless you & keep you safe.

Miss Va'afusuaga :)

Mrs Lagitupu said...

Japan!!! Wow!!! How lucky are you? It will truly be a trip of a lifetime, especially at your age. What an awesome opportunity. Make the most of your time there and continue to make your family and friends proud. All the best at the tournament. God bless.

Mrs Lagitupu

Nga Kaituhi o PES said...

Congrats Tanielu - what an awesome achievement!! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. I hope you'll be posting with pics soon :)
Mrs Nua

Alton said...

This is cool!

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