NZIS supports Pasifika sporting flair and aspiration
(Main picture caption: The 2016 NZIS Sport and Fitness Award winner Ayesha Leti-I'iga.)
One glance at a rugby field or an athletics track and it is obvious Pasifika not only love sport, but often have a natural talent and flair and excel at many different codes.
Since 2015, the New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS) has supported the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA), and celebrated sporting achievement of Pasifika by rewarding exceptional athletes and individuals with the NZIS - Sports and Fitness Award.
The category recognises a young person or group of young people for extraordinary achievement in their chosen sport, or for making an outstanding contribution to sports and/or fitness and/or recreation in their community or industry.
This year, NZIS is once again offering two scholarships (which covers one year of tuition fees and course related costs) at the 2018 PMPYA, staged on March 31.
NZIS Group Director Taulalo Fiso says NZIS is a successful Pacific Education organisation, who has been providing educational excellence in the sport, fitness and recreation industry for over 20 years.
"NZIS is proud of sharing in the aspiration and achievement journey of our Pacific achievers and all New Zealanders. we recognise and acknowledge how such support can make such a difference in an individual's life and that of their family and community," Taulalo says.
The Institute, which has campuses in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, is committed to young Pacific achievement and success, so they can continue the legacy of service and reciprocity, that continues to grow champions, he adds.
While recipients such as 2016 award winners athlete Mafutaga Tau (pictured below) and Ayesha Leti-I'iga, an exceptional rugby, sevens, and touch rugby player, can benefit hugely from receiving a scholarship to NZIS, the sponsor also finds value by being part of the initiative.
"The benefit for NZIS is joining like-minded organisations, who share in the vision and are committed to sharing in the success of young Pacific people achieving and contributing well and meaningfully to others and globally," Taulalo says.
Successful candidates can study at NZ's largest provider of sport, fitness and recreation qualifications with a reduced burden of having to pay fees.
"Studying at NZIS will be life changing through provision of a quality educational experience second-to-none, with a category one education provider, and making friends for life with skills and knowledge relevant for the industry.
"Students will be challenged, empowered and extended to ensure peak performance."
PMPYA applications close on February 6.