Sportswoman of the Year Finalist – Jackie Patea

How did you get into your sport?

I started playing rugby in my last year of college at Wainuiomata High School, and only took up the sport because my friends were playing. My background before rugby was Netball & Basketball and had dreams of becoming a Tall Fern. My first year playing in college i was selected for the wellington secondary’s team and pretty much fell in love with the game and continued to play and kept growing every year.

What was your greatest achievement this year?

My greatest achievement this year would be receiving the Hutt Valley Tranzit Sportswoman of the year award which is something I was not expecting.

What advice would you give a young athlete?

My advice to a young athlete would be if you are given an opportunity in your chosen sport make sure you give it everything, make the most of your opportunities as they are blessings. This was advise my late father always told me this and it has helped me find my passion to play again after he passed away.

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