Morgan Haakma : Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance (MHSHP)
Sir Edmund Hillary Senior Leader Scholarship
Former Sacred Heart Girls’ College student from New Plymouth, Morgan Haakma has completed a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato in 2017, and completed her student exchange at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in her last semester. She is currently studying a Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. Morgan started wakeboarding and competing at the age of 10 and has been hooked on the sport ever since. Morgan is sponsored by O’Brien Wakeboards NZ, Freestyle Watches NZ, StokedNZ, Pura Vida, and Aspire Chiropractors in Hamilton. Morgan has traveled to some amazing places to train and compete including Saudi Arabia (where she was the first woman to ever compete in a sport in Saudi Arabia), Sydney, Orlando, Mexico, North Carolina Toronto, and recently Abu Dhabi. Some of her biggest achievements include 1st place at the WWA Wakeboarding World Championships in the Amateur Woman's Division in Toronto, Canada 2017, 2x New Zealand Open Women's National Wakeboarding Champion 2018 & 2019, and representing New Zealand at various World competitions throughout the years. Morgan has recently been named as a 'Preferred rider' at the 2021 World Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA! Morgan has been fortunate enough to travel between New Zealand and the USA since 2017 to be able to continue training throughout the NZ winter. She worked as a Coach at Shred the Gnar Wakeboarding School in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina for 8 months in 2018, and continues to coach throughout the NZ summers running various coaching camps on Lake Karapiro and Mangakino. She really enjoys coaching and giving back to try and grow the sport more in New Zealand.
- 2nd place Born in the 90's Division - 13/03/2016
- At the Go Girls Division in Mangakino. First ever all girls wakeboarding competition in New Zealand.
- 1st Junior Woman's Division, Wakeboarding New Zealand National Champs 2016 - 02/04/2016
Held at Piarere Waterski Club on Lake Karapiro on the 1st and 2nd of April 2016. From this result, I was also named in the train on team for the IWWF Wakeboarding World Championships which will be held in Spain 2017. Nationals 2017's results will determine the official team.
- 1st Straight Air Girls Division, Urban Edge Open Competition - 03/12/2016
Held at Orakei Korako, Lake Ohakuri. Was the first competition for the New Zealand season.
- 1st Mixed Woman Division, Cable Vs. Wake - 12/02/2017
Cable Vs. Wake Competition, Backpaddock Lakes, Waipukurau.
- 1st Mixed Woman Division, North Island Championships - 26/02/2017
Lake Maraitai, Mangakino
- 1st Junior Woman Division, Taupo Wake Park Cable Comp - 18/03/2017
Was a cable competition held at the Taupo Wake Park.
- 1st Mixed Woman Division, New Zealand National Championships - 25/03/2017
Held at Lake Maraitai, Mangakino
- 1st Open Woman, NZ Cable Wakeboarding Nationals - 30/04/2017
New Zealand Cable Wakeboarding National Championships held 28-30 April at Rixen Cableways NZ, Onehunga Bay Reserve, Auckland. This is my first Open Woman's title!
- 1st Place Ladies Division, Shred the Gnar Wake Classic Series, Round 1, Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina, U.S.A. - 22/07/2017
Shred the Gnar Wake Classic Series - Round One, held in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina, USA.
- 2nd Place Ladies Division, Shred the Gnar Wake Classic Series, Round 2, Bath, North Carolina, U.S.A. - 12/08/2017
Shred the Gnar Wake Classic Series - Round Two, held in Bath, North Carolina, USA.
- First Place Amateur Woman's Division, WWA Wakeboarding World Championship, Toronto, Canada 2017 - 26/08/2017
Held in Toronto, Canada 2017, International event.
- 3rd Place Woman's Intermediate, INT Competition, Lake Gaston, North Carolina, U.S.A. - 30/09/2017
Held at Lake Gaston, North Carolina, USA, under the INT competition format.
- 2nd Open Womans Division, Cable Vs. Wake Competition - 28/01/2018
Backpaddock Lakes, Cable Vs. Wake Competition in Waipukurau, New Zealand.
- 1st Open Woman, New Zealand Wakeboarding National Championships 2018 - 07/04/2018
Held at Hora Hora Domain on Lake Karapiro, was my first NZ Open Woman Boat Title. I landed all my big tricks in my pass and had a really competitive division this year, so this is a super big achievement in my first year stepping up into Open.
- 1st Open Womans, Cable VS. Wake Competition - 27/01/2019
At Backpaddock Lakes, I won both the boat and the Cable sections.
- 2nd Open Womans, North Island Championships - 24/02/2019
- 1st Open Womans, New Zealand National Championships. - 06/04/2019
Lake Karapiro, Hora Hora Domain. Won for my second year in a row!
- 8th in the Pro Womans Division, IWWF NEOM Wakeboard World Cup - 19/07/2019
This was an IWWF (International Waterski Wakeboard Federation) international event. It was an invite only event and was held in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, a city they are building from scratch. This was the FIRST EVER SPORT where woman were allowed to compete in a sport in Saudi Arabia. It was a very scary and unsafe feeling place, and being a female in that country was especially scary.
We were part of the Beach Sports World Cup, and stayed in an 'Olympic' like village while we were there. Very cool experience, except the wakeboarding side of it was absolutely shocking. We were riding in an inlet of the Red Sea and it was extremely shallow so the wake was very small and it was extremely windy, which made it close to impossible to wakeboard on that water. They then hit the ground with the boat and the prop broke (which they didn't have a back up for) so we were unable to ride finals. It was a shambles of a competition in the end, but was an amazing experience anyway! The 2019 Neom Beach Soccer Cup was running at the same venue at the same time.
Here is a link to the competition tester video where my Aussie friend Zahra and I got interviews (before the competition had turned bad haha!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By55ai_9Peg
- Represented NZ at the IWWF Wakeboarding World Championships - 21/11/2019
Held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Went over as part of the New Zealand team. Ended up falling in my heats ride and just missing out on getting straight through to finals. I then had to ride in the LCQ (last chance qualifier) where only the top 1 goes through to finals and I, unfortunately, didn't make it through.