Mounted Games World Champion pleased to be back at NorthTec
Mounted Games World Champion pleased to be back in the saddle at NorthTec
by Pania Moulton – Applied
Writing Student Level 6
16 September 2013
Two-time World Mounted Games champion, Nancy Te Whata is pleased to put the excitement of her sport and achievements this year behind her and simply get on with her Bachelor of Applied Management Studies.
Just what is the World Mounted Games? “- it is a very fast and fun sport which involves competing on horseback,” Nancy says.
“You don’t have to have an expensive horse, like more glamorous other equestrian sports, you can just use your beloved pony. Mounted Games involves athletic ability, good riding skills, hand – to-eye coordination when jumping on-and-off your horse and racing up and down a field. You can compete as an individual, pairs or as part of a team.“
Having won her first World Championship title in November 2008 at Sydney, Nancy won her second world championship at the Horse-of-the-Year Show in Hastings in March this year in the team event.
However, her commitments to her sport earlier this year meant her studies took a back seat and her sport first priority. Those priorities have now been reversed.
The second-year student says NorthTec provides her with the ideal conditions to thrive in sport and in her studies.
“It is awesome studying at NorthTec, it is close to home for family and horses; the smaller classes, one-on-one tutoring and that the tutors know you and have an great understanding on what you are passionate about makes it the right place for me,” Nancy says.
Her advice to other students competing in any sport and studying at the same time is that: “you need to be able to prioritise, have good time management skills and keep goals in mind for both”.
Nancy says the combination of a supportive family and understanding NorthTec tutors is making it possible for her to achieve her goals both on the horse field and in the classroom.
NorthTec is the Tai Tokerau (Northland) region's largest provider of tertiary education, with campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Rāwene, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. NorthTec also has over 60 community-based delivery points from Coatesville in rural Rodney to Ngataki in the Far North.