Justin Sangster : Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

Justin Sangster

Taekwondo & Rugby

Justin Sangster likes balance. This is something he achieves through the individual pursuit of Taekwondo – with its focus on mind and body strength – and the team-building atmosphere of rugby. The former Aquinas College student likes the sense of achievement he gets from competing in any sport. He won gold in the open weight (over 87kg), open age (18 - 35) division at the Taekwondo New Zealand Open in 2014 and again at the Gold Coast Open in Australia. The same year he was selected for the Chiefs U18 Development Camp and the Bay Of Plenty U18 representative team. He also found time to play basketball, water polo, boxing, and even did a little bit of coaching. In 2015, Justin was part of the U19 Waikato Academy, while also playing for the Varsity Premier team. He was selected for the U19 Waikato team to play at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Tournament in Taupo. Justin chose to study at Waikato because it is a strong rugby province, has very good academic scholarships, and is away from home, but not too far. He’s not too fussed about what the future holds. He’s concentrating on the now and being the best he can be in his chosen fields. In 2016 Justin looks to focus more on Taekwondo with hopes of gaining selection into the Oceania National team.

Achievements

Selection into Waikato U19 Team - 10/03/2016
Selected to be part of the 2015 Waikato U19 team to compete at the Jock Hobbs memorial national rugby tournament held in Taupo. Placed second in the tournament, losing to Canterbury in the final.
Gold at TNZ Open 2016 - 19/03/2016
Gold in the Men's Open Weight Open Age Black Belt Division at the 2016 TNZ Open held in Rotorua. TNZ Open is an international taekwondo tournament with oceania participants which lead to selection into New Zealand representative teams. Was also named player of the tournament.

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