Noah Hotham | Sport2021
I am currently attending Hamilton Boys High School, and have had the privilege of being a Sports Prefect and the Polynesian Tutor group leader this year. These roles have involved public speaking, organising events, as well as being the voice and a role model for the students. I have a strong passion for sport, particularly Touch, Rugby and Sevens which I play at a national and regional level. I captained the New Zealand U18 Boys Touch team in the Youth Trans Tasman test series in early 2020, captained the Waikato U18 Boys team to a national title in 2020, and was named MVP of the NZSS Touch tournament in 2019. I was also part of the HBHS Condors Sevens team where we won our 5th consecutive NZSS title (most ever) and was named in the NZSS Condors tournament team. In 2019 I was a prominent member of Hamilton Boys High School 1st XV where we won the NZSS Super 8 Rugby competition and came 3rd in the National Barbarian Top 4. From my performances, I was later selected to attend U18 Chiefs camp where I was nominated for NZSS and selected in the NZ U18 Maori team. In 2020 currently, I am Vice-Captain of the Hamilton Boys high school 1st XV and pursuing to lead the team to our 13th super 8 title, as well as aiming to be selected in the NZSS team and sign a professional contract for Rugby. As well as competing at a high level in various sports, I strongly value leadership, and have captained the HBHS Premier Touch Team, Co-captained the 1st XV, and have been a leader in the HBHS Condor Sevens team, as well as the Waikato Touch boys team in my respective age groups throughout the years. Not only do I have a strong passion for sport, but my studies have always been my priority. I have achieved NCEA L1 and L2 with Merit endorsement, and am well on track to achieve Merit in L3 also. Next year, I will be studying Physical Education, as sport, biomechanics, well-being and all areas of PE are topics that I have taken a strong liking to and have excelled at in the last couple of years at school. Through this, some career pathways that appeal to me from having this qualification are coaching roles, trainer, PE teacher and physiotherapy. Aside from my studies and sport, I strongly value Love, respect, service, determination, and most importantly, family. These core values have been instilled in me from a young age and have originated from my strong Pacifica ties to Samoa and Fiji. Balancing sport, study, and family time has always been important to me and something I really value.