Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hamilton Girls High School

Photo with the Hamilton Girls High School
Terina Te Tamaki(far left)

When the Variety Christmas party had finished, families started to make their way home. Well my 2 friends Lani, Ashley and myself were still playing on the obstacle bouncy castle. Just on the field outside of the school library and office. My friends and I went to get a drink where we saw tall teenage girls in our school library. Then I remembered that they were from Hamilton Girls High School. Miss Va'afusuaga told us they were staying over for the weekend so they can compete in the New Zealand Rugby 7's tournament held at Sacred Heart College. 

Terina Te Tamaki
Silver Medal
My friends and I stopped by and introduced our selves to the aggressive looking players. We made friends with the team, but I only remember Lina because the other players names were too hard to remember and pronounce. They said they won there last 2 games and they will be playing Southern Cross Campus at 4:05pm. The good news was that Miss Va'afusuaga was taking us to watch some games including there game. Anyways Lina introduced her friend Terina who I saw somewhere but couldn't remember. But sadly she left us quickly. A while later Terina came back holding a silver medal with an angel on it. It seemed familiar to my eyes. But when I took a closer look I was shocked to see a Rio Olympic silver medal. Then again I finally noticed that it was Terina Te Tamaki who played for the New Zealand women 7's that came 2nd in Rio Olympics. 

My friends and I couldn't believe that we were holding an Olympic medal because we have been learning a lot about the Olympics. We didn't want to leave but we had to do some work before we leave. The team seemed happy to meet us. We were overwhelmed so we told we would be back for a photo. As we were helping out we couldn't stop thinking about the silver medal and the friendly team. Before we left to Sacred Heart College we were forced by one of the player to go inside the library. We didn't want to because they looked scary. Lani and Ashley pushed me in the library first so they can behind my back. I than had the courage to say a few words about there up coming game and wished them luck. Lani and Ashley just wished them luck. 

After watching 2 games of the boys grade, it was the last game which was Hamilton Girls High School playing against Southern Cross Campus. We cheered on the Hamilton Girls as they entered the field. As the game went through, Southern Cross was winning by 1 try. The final hooter went and Southern Cross won the game but it wasn't the end for Hamilton Girls because there having a game the next day. Ashley, Lani and myself wanted this to be the best memory so we went down and took photos with the team. Terina gave me her medal to wear and it felt nice. 

Meeting Terina Te Tamaki was one of the best highlights of my life. She has helped me choose what I want to become in the future and that would be a rugby player. She inspired me to continue playing rugby and that one day I would be in her shoes playing for Black ferns or the New Zealand women rugby 7's. Thank you Hamilton Girls High School for being so friendly and for visiting our school. Also thank you Terina for being an inspirational person to my life and encouraging me to play rugby. THANK YOU!!!!

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