I am privileged to have been Captain and lead the Mighty Marsden Whanau for 2019. We are currently placed first and are fighting to stay on top of Grey and take the first win for Marsden in over 30 years. This year, we had strong and consistent performances throughout the inter-whanau competition, so far winning 43 points, with inter-whanau haka and academics still to come. The lowest we have placed is last in the inter-whanau speech competition, where I believe we were very unlucky to not have placed higher, as the boys speeches were of top quality. We have placed 1st in 6 other whanau events: athletics, touch, basketball, quiz, badminton and volleyball, which has shown that we have some great talent in the Marsden Whanau, as we don’t usually place high in some of these events.
Our first win was in term 1 when we took out the inter-whanau Athletics competition comfortably, improving from last years’ results. We also have some very talented boys coming up the ranks in badminton, and I am looking forward to hearing about how we have done in this event in the coming years.
We have a strong group of boys for the last event of the year, which is the inter-whanau haka. We usually place highly in this event and are looking to do the same this year. All the boys in the Marsden Whanau are expected for this event as if we can place top spot it will almost secure us the victory this year, for the first time in a long time.
Overall, this year has been one of our most consistent in the inter-whanau competition and we thoroughly deserve to place either first or second for the boys’ hard work over the year.
I would like to thank many students and teachers this year, for helping and supporting me with challenges I had to face as Whanau Captain. These boys have certainly made my job much easier. I would firstly like to thank the 2019 Marsden prefects: Andre Luiten, Kurtis Collings, Ryan Lenssen, Flynn Symonds and Deputy Head Boy, Kaline Musitabua. To all those who put their names forward to help, Troy Fyfe and Dylan Hook, you have all made this year run much smoother, so thank you.
I had several year 12 students who were always there to help and support me throughout this year. In particular, Quin Morgan, Ben Foon, Jak Kelly and Jack Bowering. Also to all the boys who have participated in events throughout this competition, and have help sort teams and get people for these events, I would like to say a massive thank you to you all. I have appreciated it.
To the next student to be honoured with this role of being the Mighty Marsden Captain in 2020: good luck and remember to get involved with the boys in your whanau, to gain their respect, as they will be looking to you for inspiration and want to know they should be competing and participating in the Marsden culture. Make sure the new Marsden boys feel welcome and comfortable and get them pumped up and excited for the inter-whanau competition. In particular Swimming Sports and Athletics, as these events are heaps of fun. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help from your fellow Marsden brothers, as they make the year significantly easier.
Good luck and I wish you all the best for 2020.
Finally, good luck to the new Marsden boys and all of the boys in blue for 2020 and all future generations! Work hard, stay dedicated, pursue your dreams and never let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. To the Year 13 boys, I wish you all the best for your future endeavours, and take care.