Kia ora, my name is Leata and I am one of the two graduates in the Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa Graduate Programme for 2022-2023.
I was born and raised in Whanganui for majority of my childhood and early teenage years. I moved to Wellington in 2018 to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Development Studies. In 2021 I decided to further my studies and have one more paper to complete my Masters in Health.
Sport and Active recreation have always played a big part in my life. Growing up a lot of my whanau events and reunions were based around big sports tournaments. By the time I was at secondary school competitive sport was what I lived for. Looking back, I could not imagine having a childhood with no sport or active reaction at the forefront.
I was initially attracted to the graduate programme because of the vast agency of opportunities it presented through leadership, personal development and project work. Listening to the previous graduates talk about their experiences with so much enthusiasm and passion, sealed the deal and I applied for the programme.
Although I have only been at Sport NZ for just over a month, I have thoroughly enjoyed it all. From being roped in to playing touch on my second day of work to learning about the ins and outs of the organization through the different teams and experiences of individuals.
I would highly recommend applying for the graduate programme regardless of what you have studied. If you are wanting to gain valuable skills and opportunities that ultimately help enhance New Zealanders health and wellbeing, this is the programme for you.