My name is Loui and I am an aspiring Water Polo player currently living in Tauranga, New Zealand. I’m in my final year at Aquinas College where I am Head of House and involved in all aspects of school life. The touchstones of Aquinas are truth, joy, scholarship, family, service and prayer. They have provided a great foundation for my all-round development through college. I love being active and sociable, enjoying all sorts of sports, cherishing the life long memories and friendships you experience through them. I’m heavily involved in Water Polo life, whether it be training, coaching, refereeing or team building, most of my time is consumed by the sport I love. I take pride in being a leader in and out of the pool, doing whatever I can to bring out the best in myself and those around me. I work hard at school and have done well with my grades to date. I am planning to study at university in the future but will be taking a gap year first to figure out exactly what field I want to head into, to train and to work. Thanks to my schooling and sport, I have learnt the valuable lesson that talent will only carry you so far, to get the rewards and success you desire, you need to be willing to work hard and persevere.
February 26, 2020
Loui Schuler | Sport
Growing up in a big family of 5 kids, one thing I picked up very quickly was my competitive nature, in our house if you’re not first you’re either missing out or scraping the bottom of the barrel. This meant that when it came to getting involved in sports at a young age it was a no brainer to give everything a go. While I was younger I played a wide variety of sports, ranging from tackle rugby to gymnastics, my competitiveness driving me to try to be the best in everything I attempted. I got into competitive swimming when I was quite young and so the progression to Water Polo was almost seamless. My older brother began playing it out of primary school which convinced me to give it a go as I looked up to him as any younger brother would. This was one of the best decisions I made as a kid because I haven’t looked back or questioned it since. If it isn’t obvious already, family is an immensely important value to me as they have always played a huge part in my life, giving me so much encouragement, support and motivation that has helped in shaping me into the person I am today. Something else I value very highly is the friendships and relationships I’ve made through Water Polo and other sports. I’m extremely grateful for all the lessons I’ve learnt through these relationships and have loved watching myself grow as both a player and a person with these people. One lesson that my coaches gave me and that I still believe in 100% is that in whatever I do, I’m there to do it well. When it’s time to train/study/play you are just wasting your own time and everyone else’s if you put in a half hearted effort. For me, at every training, game, job or assignment, it’s either go hard or go home.