Kiana Pohe | Sport2023
Ko Tarapaikea te maunga
Ko Whangawehi te awa
Ko Tuahuru te Marae
Ko Ngati Kahungunu raua ko Rongomaiwahine te iwi
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Kiana toku ingoa.
I think that some of who you are today is a result of the individuals you surround yourself with and idolise. While being confronted with challenges as a young athlete I pride myself in knowing that I have always been myself and a representation of who I have been bought up to be and my tipuna who have stood before me. I value hard work, determination being driven and dedication most as an athlete because I believe that they are stepping stones to success. I have high expectations of myself and aspirations which drives my excitement for the future. I have a lot of passion and motivation, both in my academic endeavours and in my chosen sport. I am absolutely sure that when I set my mind to something, I will go above and beyond to make it happen. I started training and competing competitively in Athletics in the 100m, 200m and 400m races when I was 7 years old, while the sport of athletics can be very daunting to others I thrive of competition and am very competitive. I have gained a lot of self growth and valuable lessons about mental toughness, self belief and resilience which I will benefit from in all curriculums present and future.
Being a young Maori wahine and having a strong sense of who I am and where I come from allows me to feel supported and connected at all times, I think I am very fortunate in this aspect of my life as my whanau keep me grounded and my values and key principles of life influence how I develop as an athlete and more importantly as a person. I hope that I inspire or hope to inspire young tamariki that being Maori is something to be proud of and we can all do anything we set our minds to.