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Meet @shyrahtuliau Born and raised in Hamilton, Shyrah attended Hamilton Girls’ High School. As a child, her dream was to become a Silver Fern, but her passion for Rugby blossomed in High School. Currently focused on becoming the best Athlete she can be every day, Shyrah draws motivation from her siblings and the young girls in her community who look up to her! She hopes to excel in either Rugby Union or League and would also love to have the opportunity to give back to her community, particularly supporting underprivileged children who lack the resources she’s been fortunate to access!

Shyrah takes pride in her achievements, notably representing New Zealand at the Global Youth Rugby Sevens Tournament in 2022 and 2023. Honoring her grandfather and father’s sacrifice of migrating from Samoa in search of better opportunities here in Aotearoa.
 
Shyrah has taken inspiration from a quote shared with her by Rhys from WRU: “Don’t let your sport be the only thing you’re known for; let it be the person that you are inside—your kindness, leadership, or even humor. Because once your time runs out on the field and there’s no rugby left, it’s just you.” 
 
Shyrah said a friend who was an Adastra recipient last year really enjoyed and benefited from the program and encouraged her to apply. The support she has received has really helped her in ways that she didn’t know she needed help with as an Athlete, such as performance psychology. She often finds it hard to tune out all the distractions and deal with pressure while playing Rugby, but with the help from Dom and Erik’s presentation, she’s taken away techniques to help her focus and breathe! The funding from Adastra has not only been helpful for Shyrah as an Athlete but has also been greatly appreciated from a holistic and supportive aspect, as Shyrah comes from a low-income, single-parent family. Shyrah says, “I definitely recommend to everyone out there who has a dream or an ambition to take the chance and apply to Adastra.” Thank you again to all our funders who support each of our recipients! 

📸 @rugbystudio - @oneshot_nz
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Meet @shyrahtuliau Born and raised in Hamilton, Shyrah attended Hamilton Girls’ High School. As a child, her dream was to become a Silver Fern, but her passion for Rugby blossomed in High School. Currently focused on becoming the best Athlete she can be every day, Shyrah draws motivation from her siblings and the young girls in her community who look up to her! She hopes to excel in either Rugby Union or League and would also love to have the opportunity to give back to her community, particularly supporting underprivileged children who lack the resources she’s been fortunate to access!

Shyrah takes pride in her achievements, notably representing New Zealand at the Global Youth Rugby Sevens Tournament in 2022 and 2023. Honoring her grandfather and father’s sacrifice of migrating from Samoa in search of better opportunities here in Aotearoa. 
 
Shyrah has taken inspiration from a quote shared with her by Rhys from WRU: “Don’t let your sport be the only thing you’re known for; let it be the person that you are inside—your kindness, leadership, or even humor. Because once your time runs out on the field and there’s no rugby left, it’s just you.” 
 
Shyrah said a friend who was an Adastra recipient last year really enjoyed and benefited from the program and encouraged her to apply. The support she has received has really helped her in ways that she didn’t know she needed help with as an Athlete, such as performance psychology. She often finds it hard to tune out all the distractions and deal with pressure while playing Rugby, but with the help from Dom and Erik’s presentation, she’s taken away techniques to help her focus and breathe! The funding from Adastra has not only been helpful for Shyrah as an Athlete but has also been greatly appreciated from a holistic and supportive aspect, as Shyrah comes from a low-income, single-parent family. Shyrah says, “I definitely recommend to everyone out there who has a dream or an ambition to take the chance and apply to Adastra.” Thank you again to all our funders who support each of our recipients! 

📸 @rugbystudio - @oneshot_nzImage attachmentImage attachment
4 days ago
The Adastra Foundation

With the face-to-face workshops done for 2024, we wish all our recipients a successful and satisfying rest of the year.

Thank you all for embracing the challenges we throw at you including the amazing Sami Conrad & Sylvester Green for your dance and trumpeting expertise. 👌

Go get out there and smash those goals and have fun!!!

We couldn’t offer these opportunities without the incredible support of our funding partners and sponsors.

Thanks a million to:

⭐️ Grassroots Trust
⭐️ The Lion Foundation
⭐️ Brian Perry Charitable Trust
⭐️ TECT
⭐️ Craigs Investment Partners
⭐️ Merito & Hill Family Codi Merito
⭐️ Construction Advantage Limited
⭐️ BDO Tauranga
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With the face-to-face workshops done for 2024, we wish all our recipients a successful and satisfying rest of the year.

Thank you all for embracing the challenges we throw at you including the amazing Sami Conrad  & Sylvester Green for your dance and trumpeting expertise. 👌

Go get out there and smash those goals and have fun!!!

We couldn’t offer these opportunities without the incredible support of our funding partners and sponsors.

Thanks a million to:

⭐️ Grassroots Trust
⭐️ The Lion Foundation
⭐️ Brian Perry Charitable Trust
⭐️ TECT
⭐️ Craigs Investment Partners
⭐️ Merito & Hill Family Codi Merito
⭐️ Construction Advantage Limited
⭐️ BDO Tauranga
1 week ago
The Adastra Foundation

Workshop session 2 was Performance Psychology with Dom Vettise and Erik Panzer which developed further skills on understanding and dealing with pressure.
Always insightful and providing a session with learning examples and practical skills to go away with and work on.
We are privileged to access to such knowledgeable presenters for our workshops!
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Workshop session 2 was Performance Psychology with Dom Vettise and Erik Panzer which developed further skills on understanding and dealing with pressure.
Always insightful and providing a session with learning examples and practical skills to go away with and work on.
We are privileged to access to such knowledgeable presenters for our workshops!Image attachmentImage attachment

First up for our July workshop was an awesome session delivered by @codimerito a member of our Adastra alumni, collaborating with colleague Callum Malcolm from Craigs Investment Partners
Such important skills and lessons to learn on budgeting and showing appreciation to those who support our recipients.
We are incredibly grateful for our ongoing relationship and the time these sponsors put into our programme.
Thank you 🙏
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First up for our July workshop was an awesome session delivered by @codimerito a member of our Adastra alumni, collaborating with colleague Callum Malcolm from Craigs Investment Partners
Such important skills and lessons to learn on budgeting and showing appreciation to those who support our recipients.
We are incredibly grateful for our ongoing relationship and the time these sponsors put into our programme.
Thank you 🙏Image attachmentImage attachment

Meet @elliott.pugh !! Born in Germany and raised in Tauranga, where he attended Bethlehem College. Elliott’s core values revolve around dedication, discipline, and patience. These values have encouraged Elliott’s progression in his sport which has flowed into his success including a few of his proudest achievements which are placing 4th at the Year 9 Cross Country Nationals, 2nd at the Junior Boys Cross Country Nationals, and taking out the top spot for U18 at the Marra Triathlon back in 2022.

At the age of 10, Elliott’s main goal was to become a professional football player, and currently, his aspirations include winning an NCAA title, representing Aotearoa at the Olympic Games, and pursuing a career as a professional runner!!

Elliott applied for the Adastra Foundation scholarship because he saw it as a valuable opportunity to learn and connect with peers who share similar ambitions!! Elliott said, “He greatly appreciates the support and funding provided by the Adastra Foundation. The assistance I have received has been invaluable, and I would enthusiastically recommend their program to others.” We wish you nothing but the best for your future endeavours, a massive thank you to all our funders, and a special thank you to @tectnz for your support in Elliott and all our Tauranga-based recipients!
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Meet @elliott.pugh !! Born in Germany and raised in Tauranga, where he attended Bethlehem College. Elliott’s core values revolve around dedication, discipline, and patience. These values have encouraged Elliott’s progression in his sport which has flowed into his success including a few of his proudest achievements which are placing 4th at the Year 9 Cross Country Nationals, 2nd at the Junior Boys Cross Country Nationals, and taking out the top spot for U18 at the Marra Triathlon back in 2022.

 At the age of 10, Elliott’s main goal was to become a professional football player, and currently, his aspirations include winning an NCAA title, representing Aotearoa at the Olympic Games, and pursuing a career as a professional runner!! 

Elliott applied for the Adastra Foundation scholarship because he saw it as a valuable opportunity to learn and connect with peers who share similar ambitions!! Elliott said, “He greatly appreciates the support and funding provided by the Adastra Foundation. The assistance I have received has been invaluable, and I would enthusiastically recommend their program to others.” We wish you nothing but the best for your future endeavours, a massive thank you to all our funders, and a special thank you to @tectnz for your support in Elliott and all our Tauranga-based recipients!Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

We remember how your first session of track cycling at the Adastra workshop put a mega-grin on your face Siobhan.
Love that you’ve continued with the challenge and seeing what you’re accomplishing! 🙌
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We remember how your first session of track cycling at the Adastra workshop put a mega-grin on your face Siobhan. 
Love that you’ve continued with the challenge and seeing what you’re accomplishing! 🙌Image attachment

Meet @erinwyllie_squash , a talented Squash Athlete hailing from Bath, England, now living in Tauranga where she attends Otumoetai College! Erin holds some incredible values close to her which include gratitude, passion, energy, ambition, and kindness.

Erins proudest achievements include making the “A grade” at just 16, representing New Zealand in the Trans Tasman team, and winning the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament 3 years in a row as well as making it into the NZ secondary schools team who face the aussies every year!

When not on the court, Erin finds peace in watching sunrises and sunsets, especially by the beach or on hikes, where she journals her thoughts and goals. She finds a good balance to ensure Family and Friends are still a priority!

Since age 10, Erin’s goal has been to excel in squash and climb the rankings. Her motivation stems from early morning practices with her dad, instilling a relentless drive to stay ahead in her sport! In five years, she aims to be a top-ranked international player, advocating for Squash globally and pushing hard for a chance to represent Aotearoa in the Commonwealth Games and potentially the Olympics!

Erin lives by the motto, “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all,” and applied for the Adastra Scholarship to support her journey to major tournaments and enhance her game. Erins says “having this support will definitely benefit my Squash game because it isn’t all about skill and fitness and I am so grateful for all the funding”. As well as @tectnz supporting our Tauranga based recipients, we are delighted to welcome BDO as a new sponsor to our programme this year, who are following Erin’s journey closely. We appreciate your support of our recipients hugely!!
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Meet @erinwyllie_squash , a talented Squash Athlete  hailing from Bath, England, now living in Tauranga where she attends Otumoetai College! Erin holds some incredible values close to her which include gratitude, passion, energy, ambition, and kindness. 

Erins proudest achievements include making the “A grade” at just 16, representing New Zealand in the Trans Tasman team, and winning the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament 3 years in a row as well as making it into the NZ secondary schools team who face the aussies every year! 

When not on the court, Erin finds peace in watching sunrises and sunsets, especially by the beach or on hikes, where she journals her thoughts and goals. She finds a good balance to ensure Family and Friends are still a priority! 

Since age 10, Erin’s goal has been to excel in squash and climb the rankings. Her motivation stems from early morning practices with her dad, instilling a relentless drive to stay ahead in her sport! In five years, she aims to be a top-ranked international player, advocating for Squash globally and pushing hard for a chance to represent Aotearoa in the Commonwealth Games and potentially the Olympics! 

Erin lives by the motto, “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all,” and applied for the Adastra Scholarship to support her journey to major tournaments and enhance her game. Erins says “having this support will definitely benefit my Squash game because it isn’t all about skill and fitness and I am so grateful for all the funding”. As well as @tectnz supporting our Tauranga based recipients, we are delighted to welcome BDO as a new sponsor to our programme this year, who are following Erin’s journey closely. We appreciate your support of our recipients hugely!!Image attachmentImage attachment

Meet @erinwyllie_squash a talented Squash Athlete hailing from Bath, England, now living in Tauranga where she attends Otumoetai College! Erin holds some incredible values close to her which include gratitude, passion, energy, ambition, and kindness.

Erins proudest achievements include making the “A grade” at just 16, representing New Zealand in the Trans Tasman team, and winning the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament 3 years in a row as well as making it into the NZ secondary schools team who face the aussies every year!

When not on the court, Erin finds peace in watching sunrises and sunsets, especially by the beach or on hikes, where she journals her thoughts and goals. She finds a good balance to ensure Family and Friends are still a priority!

Since age 10, Erin’s goal has been to excel in squash and climb the rankings. Her motivation stems from early morning practices with her dad, instilling a relentless drive to stay ahead in her sport! In five years, she aims to be a top-ranked international player, advocating for Squash globally and pushing hard for a chance to represent Aotearoa in the Commonwealth Games and potentially the Olympics!

Erin lives by the motto, “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all,” and applied for the Adastra Scholarship to support her journey to major tournaments and enhance her game. Erins says “having this support will definitely benefit my Squash game because it isn’t all about skill and fitness and I am so grateful for all the funding”. As well as @tectnz supporting our Tauranga based recipients, we are delighted to welcome BDO as a new sponsor to our programme this year, who are following Erin’s journey closely. We hugely appreciate your support of our recipients!!
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Meet @erinwyllie_squash a talented Squash Athlete  hailing from Bath, England, now living in Tauranga where she attends Otumoetai College! Erin holds some incredible values close to her which include gratitude, passion, energy, ambition, and kindness. 

Erins proudest achievements include making the “A grade” at just 16, representing New Zealand in the Trans Tasman team, and winning the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament 3 years in a row as well as making it into the NZ secondary schools team who face the aussies every year! 

When not on the court, Erin finds peace in watching sunrises and sunsets, especially by the beach or on hikes, where she journals her thoughts and goals. She finds a good balance to ensure Family and Friends are still a priority! 

Since age 10, Erin’s goal has been to excel in squash and climb the rankings. Her motivation stems from early morning practices with her dad, instilling a relentless drive to stay ahead in her sport! In five years, she aims to be a top-ranked international player, advocating for Squash globally and pushing hard for a chance to represent Aotearoa in the Commonwealth Games and potentially the Olympics! 

Erin lives by the motto, “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all,” and applied for the Adastra Scholarship to support her journey to major tournaments and enhance her game. Erins says “having this support will definitely benefit my Squash game because it isn’t all about skill and fitness and I am so grateful for all the funding”. As well as @tectnz supporting our Tauranga based recipients, we are delighted to welcome BDO as a new sponsor to our programme this year, who are following Erin’s journey closely. We hugely appreciate your support of our recipients!!Image attachmentImage attachment

Meet @harrisonthrows!! Another Tauranga representative who is kindly supported by the legends over at @tectnz. Harrison attended Aquinas College and competes in three throwing events - Shot Put, Discuss and Hammer Throw! When Harrison was a little takka he wanted to be an All Black which is the pinnacle for a Rugby player but has shifted his sights to hopefully one day represent Aotearoa at the Olympic Games and become a fully paid professional thrower! A huge motivation in Harrison’s life is to continue to succeed in his sport, by doing his best and reaching his goals. Harrison feels the rewards aren’t just his own but also belong to those that support him especially his Coach and whānau!


Harrison has had some incredible achievements in his Athletic career and a couple he is super proud of was placing second at the Oceania Championships for U18 Shot Put in 2022 and securing a Bronze medal at the Australia Championship in the U20 category for shot put last year!! Harrison is a super dedicated young man whose hard work has paid off and has most recently been singed to “Drake University Bulldogs” and will join the Drake Bulldog throwing team in Iowa, USA later this year!

Harrison heard of us through word of mouth and said our “ it seemed like a great scholarship to help my sporting goals”. Since gaining The Adastra Foundation scholarship Harrison is loving the support and funding which has helped him with a trip to Australia which was extremely beneficial in gaining experience in the throwing circle overseas and getting a taste of international competition! Harrison also mentions “it’s great that there is a big focus on athlete development outside of the gym and other training facilities”.

We absolutely support you all the way mate and can’t wait to see what you can do in the near future! As always thank you to our supporters and funders for creating opportunities and experiences for our recipients!
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Meet @harrisonthrows!! Another Tauranga representative who is kindly supported by the legends over at @tectnz. Harrison attended Aquinas College and competes in three throwing events - Shot Put, Discuss and Hammer Throw! When Harrison was a little takka he wanted to be an All Black which is the pinnacle for a Rugby player but has shifted his sights to hopefully one day represent Aotearoa at the Olympic Games and become a fully paid professional thrower! A huge motivation in Harrison’s life is to continue to succeed in his sport, by doing his best and reaching his goals. Harrison feels the rewards aren’t just his own but also belong to those that support him especially his Coach and whānau!

 
Harrison has had some incredible achievements in his Athletic career and a couple he is super proud of was placing second at the Oceania Championships for U18 Shot Put in 2022 and securing a Bronze medal at the Australia Championship in the U20 category for shot put last year!! Harrison is a super dedicated young man whose hard work has paid off and has most recently been singed to “Drake University Bulldogs” and will join the Drake Bulldog throwing team in Iowa, USA later this year! 

Harrison heard of us through word of mouth and said our “ it seemed like a great scholarship to help my sporting goals”.  Since gaining The Adastra Foundation scholarship Harrison is loving the support and funding which has helped him with a trip to Australia which was extremely beneficial in gaining experience in the throwing circle overseas and getting a taste of international competition! Harrison also mentions “it’s great that there is a big focus on athlete development outside of the gym and other training facilities”.

We absolutely support you all the way mate and can’t wait to see what you can do in the near future! As always thank you to our supporters and funders for creating opportunities and experiences for our recipients!Image attachmentImage attachment
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