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Finn Anderson - Canoe Slalom

Finn is an up-and-coming Canoe Slalom athlete from Tauranga. Last year he debuted at his first Under 23 World Championships. While he's not training, Finn is a raft guide at Vector Wero and coaches a range of younger athletes. This year he aims to make a semifinal at his second Under 23 World Championship and qualify for the New Zealand High Performance Squad.    

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Mary Ieremia-Allan - Hockey

Amidst her involvement on political fronts and being heavily involved in the performing arts, Mary Ieremia-Allan is an up-and-coming sportswoman. Currently, she is working towards Co-Captaining the Touch Blacks Open Women’s side to a Trans-Tasman victory against Australia and Japan. During the Touch Rugby off-season, she can also be found in training for the Junior Black Sticks squad. 

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Zach Ferkins - Canoe Racing

Zach is a part of the New Zealand High Performance Squad based at Lake Karapiro. He has raced for New Zealand at Under 18, Under 23 and Open Level. He is currently looking to qualify for the Paris Olympics in the K4 500 metre race which will be held at this year's Open World Championships in Germany. 

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Jaxson Russell - Cycling

Jaxson recently completed his studies at Cambridge High School and is now working part-time to fund his cycling career. Jaxson has a variety of skills on the track seeing him win a number of National titles and Junior World Championship medals. Being his first year as an elite track cyclist, Jaxson is hoping to reach new heights at a National level and at the Oceania Championships. He is also training hard to make the step-up into the New Zealand High Performance Program. 

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Halle Scurrah - Hockey

Halle is studying to complete a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance with a minor in Māori and Indigenous Studies. Halle has been a part of many regional competitions and teams as well as participating in numerous New Zealand events and camps. She hopes to inspire young athletes through her coaching and playing style.  

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Ben McCallum - Canoe Racing

Ben is in the New Zealand Men's High Performance Team based in Cambridge. He is working towards the K1 1000 metre selection for Canoe Sprint World Championships at Nationals in April, where he will be defending his title. Later this year, Ben will also be working to secure his spot at Ocean Ski World Championships held in Perth. 

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Leila Walker - Cycling

Born and bred in Cambridge, Leila races (BMX) on both on a national and international level having claimed Six World titles and ten National titles within her eleven years of competing. She has begun her newest journey in the elite ranks and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.


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Elias Lepou - Basketball

Elias is one of the best point guards in the Waikato. In the 2022 Under 17 Nationals, Elias was named as one of the Top 10 players in the tournament. Last year, Elias helped Hamilton Boys High win the Super 8 Basketball Tournament for only the second time in their history. Elias has chosen to play his senior year at St John’s this year as he pursues his goal to obtain a scholarship in the United States next year.   

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Tannika Leger-Walker - Basketball 

Tannika is a young basketball prospect who attended the U17 World Championships in Hungary last year and is looking to continue her involvement within the New Zealand national age group programmes.  She is currently a Year 12 student of St. Peter's who is focusing on completing her studies while involving herself in coaching and supporting junior teams and players. You can find her coaching with the Basketball Secrets academy every Sunday, sharing her knowledge and skills with juniors new to the game. 

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Akiva McBirney-Griffin - Basketball

After playing age group representative basketball for Waikato and New Zealand, Akiva had two seasons with NBL team Otago Nuggets before heading to America on a basketball scholarship. He is currently a redshirt freshman at the University of California Irvine.  He is thriving in the competitive Division 1 Big West conference and fine tuning his skills on court. He is studying towards a Bachelor of Social Ecology majoring in Psychology. He wants to inspire young ballers of Pacific decent, that if you do the mahi, you get the treats.