Reece MacDonald: Rugby / Cricket
D/O/B: 10th of December 1997
Main Sport: Cricket and Rugby
Other Sports: Swimming, Running, Triathlon, Duathlon, Mountain-biking, Windsurfing, Water-skiing
Favourite Food: Tortillas
Favourite Music: Not much into music but probably like Basshunter and Skrillex dubstep.
Biggest Fear: Injuries stopping me from participating in any of my sports.
About Me: Up until 2½ years ago I lived in Mozambique on the east coast of Africa. I was born in Durban South Africa where I lived until I was 3 years old. My Mom and Dad decided to move to Mozambique for work opportunities. Soccer was the only sport available at school and my brother and I and some friends played backyard cricket. So I was very happy when my parents said we were immigrating to New Zealand as I could do any sport I liked – as a result I am busy every afternoon.
Fun Fact: I am kinda small but not afraid to tackle the big guys in rugby!!
We used to ski on this river in Mozambique and you did not want to fall because it had crocs and hippos in it.
Rugby season has started off really well with our team now being graded. We’ve managed to win 3 out of 4 games played so far although we had to default one game due to not having enough players. Until now, I have really enjoyed it and I have had a good start with my kicking boot. I have managed to put points on the scoreboard for my team in all the games so far. The two games that stand out the most for me this season are, when we beat Taupo Nui a Tia and when I scored 24 points in our game against Bethlehem College in Rotorua. Another great moment for me has been playing for the First Fifteen for 7 minutes, or so and also scoring three points for them.
As well as rugby I have been sticking to my running. I have been doing well, picking up third at Tauhara School cross country, a 3rd at BOPS cross country and a 4th at Waikato/BOPS . Hopefully I will be selected for Waikato team as I was last year and go forward to New Plymouth at North Islands where we won the event last year. Onto triathlons and duathlons. I took part at National’s triathlon and had an awesome racing finishing 18th overall in the U/ 16 category, beating my main rivals, the Hawkins twins. As for duathlons, I partook in the Waikato/BOP’s at Lake Karapiro and had a decent race finishing third. I also ended up partaking in the National Mountain Biking Champs in Levin where I finished 12th in the cross country event and 15th in the uphill event. I was pleased with these results as I had never taken part in a mountain bike event like that before.
It’s almost school holidays now and I am really looking forward to them as I have been invited to go on tour with the Tauhara first 15 rugby team down to Wellington. There is a chance that I might get some game time while on tour.
My year has started off with a bang with some sports starting and some ending. Firstly, I was chosen to go to the Riverbend Cricket Tournament with the Rotorua team. Riverbend was held during January in Napier where we won all our games except for the first one. I enjoyed it and felt that I played well, picking up some wickets and batting well. Still with Cricket, I have been chosen to play for the Tauhara Nui combined 1st eleven cricket team and we are at the top of our log at the moment.
As well as cricket, I have been working and training at running and triathlon. This has paid off with me making the Smiths Elite Run Team for the Around the Lake Relay where I ran 7 km and the team managed to pick up 3rd overall. As well as running long distances I managed to qualify for Mid Islands Athletics held in Tokoroa on the 5th of March, where I ran 1500m picking up 5th and 3000m finishing in 4th position. For Triathlon, I am competing in the under 16 age group and it has been a bit of a challenge competing two years up, but this has just pushed me harder. I have competed in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Teams Triathlon up at Lake Karipiro on the 22nd February and I did the run leg for our team. I had a good run, catching 4th place to put us into 4th overall. I also competed at Ironkids in the Elite section here in Taupo on the 26th February and picked up 2nd overall. I was stoked with that as I felt good and had no problems at any stage on the day.
Just the other day, the 14th March, I went up to Lake Karipiro to race in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Individual Triathlon. Once again racing in under 16’s I was able to pick up 7th doing well as my knees and legs where sore going into the race. I also partook in the Across the Lake swim on the 25th of February finishing in a time of 1 hour 8minutes and 30 seconds. I was very happy with my time and this was my first long open water swim.
In between all of this fun, I have also been doing the Taupo Tri Monday Night Triathlon Series; swimming in the Tri Squad and attending morning fitness at Tauhara College getting ready for my favourite, the Rugby season.