Growing Leadership through Sports

Last week on Tuesday we hosted a workshop on ‘Growing Leadership through Sport’.  We were lucky to have several local sports people speak to our senior sports players about what leadership looks like and how they journeyed from school sport to become professional sports people.  We thank Corrinne O'Donnell - Coast to coast winner, Lizzy Horlock - former Black Sticks captain and Bayden Wardlaw - Blues rugby player, who dedicated their time to and inspired our students.  On our Trident staff we are fortunate to have teachers who operate at high levels as coaches and managers, Paul Barr, Mike Te Kurapa, and Brett Wharewera spoke to our captains and vice captains about leadership in a team context.  They facilitated the group of captains to think about leadership in their own context and posed questions such as ‘What is leadership?’, ‘What is the role of a leader?’, ‘How to be the leader your teams needs you to be’.

The workshop aimed to promote leadership through sport as we know sport is an important vehicle that can develop our core values of Respect, Quality work and Kia Manawa Nui.  

By enlisting the help of successful sports people in our community, students were able to relate to the journeys from people who have walked in their shoes, and we thank these role models for their contribution to our workshop.  Enabling our students to be the best they can be, our speakers all spoke about resilience, what it means to be resilient in the face of adversity in sports and how that in itself can enable success.   Listening to these people gave our students the realisation that they too can forge their journey through sports.

We heard the success of the workshop in a comment made by the captain of the 1st 15 rugby team in the leadership session who said "We speak with our actions so we play to uphold the values of our team". Thank you to all who were involved in making the day the success that it was.


Trident High School

Tel: 64-7-308-8159

Arawa Road, Whakatane

We are committed to our core values of 

Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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