Jessie Smith - BMX
Jessie is a member of the BMX National Performance Hub for talented young riders - this programme bridges the gap between school and high performance. Jessie is a talented rider and in 2019 she claimed the Junior World BMX Championship title and is now competing at elite level. She is hoping to qualify for the Olympics.
Rebecca Petch - BMX
Rebecca started racing when she was 3 years old when her parents got her a bike and the rest is history! She is resilient and powerful and has numerous podium finishes and championships to her name. Rebecca has competed internationally at World Championships around the globe in the USA, Belgium and Azerbaijan, Rebecca is hoping to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Sarah Walker - BMX
Sarah is a multiple BMX World Champion and an Olympic medallist. Sarah helped put BMX on the map for New Zealand, paving the way for her team mates. Sarah is part of an incredibly strong BMX team - all vying for a Tokyo Olympic spot.
Akiva McBirney-Griffin - Basketball
Akiva has signed on for a second season with the Otago Nuggets. His first season went incredibly well. He helped the Nuggets win their maiden National Basketball League title. Akiva was one of only 3 high schoolers drafted into the NBL and the only player from the Waikato. He has been offered sporting scholarships in the United States and will take up one of the opportunities in August if COVID allows. He sees a long future in basketball, playing College ball in the States and to eventually become a Tall Black.
Junior De Young - Basketball
Up and coming basketballer currently attending Te Aroha College. Junior has also represented at a regional level, and NZ age group rep. Junior's long term goal would be to gain a full basketball scholarship in the USA while combining with a health degree. Junior has also helped out coaching and refereeing at a junior level.
Charli Miller - Triathlete, Track and Field
Charli is a very talented distance runner, both in NZSS Cross Country Champion and Middle Distance Track and Field. Charli has also won and broken records at Oceania Championships in the 1500m and 2km steeplechase. Before the track season came to a halt in March 2020 she won the Senior Women's 5000m at the NZ Championships and ran a personal best time in the 1500m that would have seen her qualify for the IAFF World Junior Track and Field Championships. Charli is also the NZSS U19 Triathlon Champion, a sport she utilises for cross training. Charli's ultimate goal is to compete at World U20, Senior Track and/or Cross Country Championships and the Olympics. Her recent results show she is tracking in the right direction.
Charlisse Leger-Walker - Basketball
Charlisse is completing a Business and Environmental Science degree at Washington State University and playing for the university's Cougars team. Charlisse was named the 2020-21 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She becomes the first Washington State women’s basketball player to earn the conference’s top freshman honour in 23 years. She hopes her journey will inspire other young female basketball players to continue to grow the sport in New Zealand.