KAITAIA SPORTS

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Kaitaia, despite its isolation, can boast an envious sporting record. Committed parents have travelled hundreds of miles every weekend to take their children to sport fixtures. Volunteer coaches with little in the way of support from governing sporting organisations have sacrificed their spare time to mentor children playing Saturday sports through to some of them achieving on the world stage.

 

Here are but a few:

 

Shelley Kitchen MNZM
Best World ranking: 6th
NZ Ranking: 1st


Achievements:
Won the New Zealand Nationals Championships September 2006
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Singles: Bronze medal (beating world number 1 Nicol David (Malaysia) in the process)
Doubles: Silver medal (with Tamsyn Leevey)
Winner of the 2006 Buler Challenge Cup in Hong Kong
World Doubles Title winner - 2006 Melbourne with Tamsyn Leevey. 

  Peter Jones
Position: No 8
Caps: 11
Playing Career: 1953-1960

Regarded as one of the greatest loose forwards New Zealand has produced to date. Became a big part of All Black folklore after his epic performance in the fourth test beat against the Springboks that clinched the series in 1956. Became an even bigger part when he spoke afterwards and said he was ‘buggered’. 
 
 

Percy Erceg

A hard running wing with a distingushed record for two provinces, North Auckland and Auckland, for New Zealand Maori and for the All Blacks between 1948 and 1956. Percy was awarded the Tom French as the country's most outstanding Maori player for the 1951 season and later was heavily involved with national Maori sides as a coach and a selector. He was a member of the national Maori selection panel from 1972-83, managed the Maori side which toured Australia and the Pacific Islands in 1979 and was coach of the side in Wales in 1982. 

Andrew Bennie

Won a Bronze Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Bennie, riding Grayshott, was in the New Zealand Three Day Event Team which finished third, along with Tinks Pottinger, Margaret Knighton and Mark Todd. In the individual Three Day Event at the same Olympics he finished 20th. Bennie had also competed in the individual Three Day Event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, finishing 37th. Andrew owns and trains horses at his own competition yard in the UK.

Kiri Wills (nee Adams)

Played twelve years as a top inter-provincial goal shooter and wing attack. She has played for the Otago NPC team and Waikato-Bay of Plenty’s Magic, and captained the Auckland NPC team and Auckland’s Diamonds. 
She coached the Auckland Girls’ Grammar premier netball team from 2001 to 2004, has coached the St Cuthbert’s College premier netball team since 2005, and for the last two years has helped select and coach the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) netball team, who won the International Schools tournament this year. 
Kiri also commentates netball for TVNZ. 


   
   
   
   
   

 



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