Waihi’s Korrina Lindsey has always loved sport, having tried netball, basketball, volleyball, touch rugby, rugby and swimming, to name a few. So, it was no surprise when she decided to turn her passion into a career, choosing to enrol in a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato.
Korrina is a participant in the University’s Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence programme, which is designed to make university education accessible for students in regional Waikato.
The programme gives Korrina access to the whānau room, a communal area where she can go to study, socialise and relax with other students from all over the Waikato region.
“The whānau room is a good space to go and hang out. I sometimes go in there with a friend to study when we have free time between classes.”
In addition to the support provided by the programme, Korrina’s leadership qualities and sporting ability also scored her a Te Ara ki Angitū scholarship, contributing $5000 to her course fees.
“I’m so grateful to have received the scholarship – it’s helping to reduce my financial stresses,” she says.
Currently in her second semester, Korrina has been working towards a career in sport for a long time. In her final year at Waihi College she was elected by her peers and teachers as the student sport leader, which involved working with the school’s sports co-ordinator to organise sporting events. She was also awarded a citizenship award in Year 13 for her contribution to the school community, recognising her school spirit and sporting achievements.
Although she now lives in Hamilton with her aunt and uncle, Korrina travels back to Waihi regularly, playing netball every winter weekend for Waihi Athletic in the premiere division of the Thames-Valley competition. Her success extends to the basketball court too, where she played in the national secondary school finals with Waihi College’s Senior A Team last year.
Korrina is making her family proud with her sporting and academic achievements.
“I am the first one who has gone to university – it means a lot to my family,” she says.
Korrina’s ultimate career goal is to be a physical education teacher, so she hopes to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching once she’s completed her undergraduate degree. She’s enjoying studying at the University of Waikato’s leading Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance, which boasts some of the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, including the University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Cambridge Avantidrome and the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga.
“It’s great to be studying something I’m so passionate about at such a well-recognised faculty. The University’s Te Ara ki Angitū Programme has really helped me transition to university – all Waihi students should be applying for it! ”
The University of Waikato’s Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence programme was established in 2016 in South Waikato and expanded to other regions in 2017. The programme now reaches 25 schools and communities across Hauraki, Thames-Coromandel, Matamata-Piako, Waikato, Otorohonga, South Waikato and Waitomo districts.