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On to the Summit

Adam Lynch

In May 2024, Mia Makoare (Year 12) will be flying to Sydney, attending the NRL Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit. The focus is on indigenous culture, relating closely with the One Warriors NRL team. Luckily for us, we had a rare interview with Mia Makoare, so we could learn a little more about her experiences that have led to her going to the summit.

  1. What was the biggest challenge you faced as an athlete?

My biggest challenge I have faced as an athlete would have to be the constant injuries I receive. Many injuries have caused great setbacks throughout my time playing sports however the game itself is what keeps me coming back.

  1. What inspired you to pursue sport?

I grew up around the sport through my parents and wider family members excelling in ball sports. I started playing Rugby a little later than most, however I picked up the game quite easily. This background in rugby helped with the transition into Rugby League. Watching how this sport brings not only entertainment and fitness, but also the whānau aspect to my life is what inspires me to keep playing.

  1. What was your reaction when you were chosen to attend the Youth Summit and what activates/plans do you have for the leaders’ summit?

Finding out I was selected to be one of the four representatives of the One NZ Warriors for the Indigenous Youth Summit was the biggest opportunity I have received. My family was even more proud than I was because we are all die hard Warriors fans. At the Youth Summit, I will be immersed in the Indigenous Culture over in Australia, collaborating with recipients from the other NRL clubs and attending a conference which revolves around ideas of career paths, culture, leadership, and community development. I may also get the opportunity to present a solution to a problem given to me on the day to a panel of highly inspirational leaders. I will also be immersed into the game of rugby league and will get the opportunity to attend the NRL Magic Round at the end of the week.

  1. What is most important opportunity about this summit for you?

The most important thing about this summit to me is the opportunity to represent my culture, school, and family on an international level. Having the chance to discuss problems and opportunities related to Māori within the NRL is something I truly look forward to pursuing.

  1. Who motivates you the most to try and succeed?

The person that motivates me to try and succeed the most would have to be my mother. Her hard-working, don’t stop until the job is done mentality, has imprinted itself onto me. Her resilience and curiosity have made a difference in the way I go about life, whether that’s on or off the field.

We wish Mia and the four other students well on their excursion overseas.