Young Ngāti Whātua Sportsman Honoured

Reuben Te Rangi has been awarded two major New Zealand Sports Awards this month.

On December 4, he won the Maori Sportsman Award - Te Tama-a-Tanenui-a-rangi - at the prestigious 20th Maori Sports Awards. And on December 9, he was named Manukau Counties Junior Sportsman of the year.

Reuben's achievements in 2010 included selection as a fifteen-year-old to be the youngest player to-date to make the Junior Tall Blacks, the Basketball team that went to the 2010 Youth Olympics Team in Singapore as well as securing one of only two apprenticeships with the New Zealand Breakers.

The arrangement with the Breakers sets out a rigorous training regime which includes spending practice and game time with professional players.

The year has also seen Reuben complete year eleven of his soccer scholarship at Auckland Boy's Grammar.

2011 will provide further opportunities to extend his sporting development currently focussed on basketball. School is a key priority, with his parents Piloma and Alex along with older sister Aerin and little brother Dante providing the encouragement and support for his future. His affiliations to Mangakahia will also be a source of that vital component. Ka rawe ekara…

Reuben was the recipient of a discretionary grant from the Rūnanga. People registered on the Ngāti Whātua Iwi Roll are eligible to apply for these grants. For details about how to apply contact as below.