2019 – with one foot on the exit mat, I would like to take this opportunity to say that it has been an absolute honour to lead Carruth whanau this year. Although it has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for Carruth, I have enjoyed the competitive nature of the whanau events and the brotherhood that exists not only within Carruth whanau, but also with the other whanau groups. With having a losing streak over the last two years, my determination to take Carruth over the finish line with our heads held high, has never wavered.
Starting off with a recap of this years’ whanau events – Carruth had a “banger” of the start in swimming sports with the first half of the day looking positive. As Marsden and Grey started to catch up on our strong lead, we were unfortunately, unable to hold position but were grateful for our third placing. Having the same determination going into the Athletics, Carruth once again started off strong. Although the day didn’t go as well as we would have liked, I can honestly say that we were definitely first on the day for participation, as every event was full.
This year, leading into the Rugby Touch competition, we were the underdogs with having only two 1st XV players. We went into the competition with pride and a fighting attitude, improving on last years’ results. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Tyler Maugham and Tyrone Fred for their contributions.
With our major events out of the way, we were coming 4th with one point between us and Hobson who was coming third. Placing 3rd in Basketball meant that we climbed up a spot on the leaderboard. Our other inter-whanau competition highlights include placing 3rd in the workday collection event, and 2nd overall in badminton. A special mention must go to Suryadeep Diwan and Hone Bramley for their outstanding performances in badminton. With the Inter-whanau Haka competition having not yet been contested at the time of writing this report, I feel confident that Carruth will do well as spirit is one aspect that we do not lack.
I am privileged to have led Carruth this year, however, if it wasn’t for my whanau teacher, Mr Howett, I would not have even considered applying for the role. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Howett for his continuous support over the last 5 years, for having faith in me and always pushing me to do better. If it wasn’t for his constant nagging, which I admit was somewhat deserved, I may not have endorsed NCEA Level 2 with Merit. Mr Howett, I appreciate all the time and energy you have put into turning this country boy into a fine young man.
I would like to take this opportunity to make a shout-out to Harrison Higgins and Jacob Kennedy for being my prime cheerleaders throughout my journey as Whanau Captain. If it wasn’t for you guys, I would not have been able to successfully rally the boys into participating in inter-whanau events. To the Prefects in Carruth Whanau, Brody Cameron, Jay-Z Robinson, Max Alldred, Sam Iwashita and Suryadeep Diwan, I would like to thank you all for standing by my side and giving up your time to support whanau events. Thank you to the Year 12s, especially Brad Halton and Jamie Clinch, for also helping out. “It takes a village to run a whanau”.
To the Carruth Whanau Captain of 2020, I wish you all the very best. Respect the whanau hard! Look out for yourself and your brothers, you are not in it alone. Year 13 can be a tough year at times. School work and deadlines will pile up and you will not be able to please everyone. Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember those who have passed before you and what they stood for. It is your time to leave your own legacy.
Carruth Whanau Captain