Thomas Orr: Rugby
Hi everyone,
A quick update:
I was selected for the under 18 King Country team and was named Captain
We have played a number of games with a home game this weekend at OD Park against North Harbour (2.30pm kick off)
Even though we have not won games they have been a lot closer than in previous years because they have made a new division.
I have managed to stay injury free so far and feel that my gym program and working with Jonty has really helped build my strength.
The Taupo nui a Tia ski team (which i was part of) won the Bay Of Plenty ski champs.
I have the North Island  champs in a couple of weeks.(16-19 sept)
Coming up: Youth Awards and Taupo nui a Tia sports awards

My college team is now in first division. We have been going pretty well and will hopefully end up in the middle of the table. Unfortunately about a quarter of the players are injured at present including me! Shoulder problems again but Im working with Jonty and am confident that it will get better soon. It is definitely my weakness and Im also working with Jonty at Pilates and in the gym to build up around this area.
The Taupo Nui 1st XV also had an great trip to Australia the rugby wasnt great mainly because of the weather and  we found it hard to adapt to the heat.
You probably also know that I attended the chiefs under 18 development camp, fifty players were selected and we were put through our paces. Fitness, skill levels, we attended lectures on things like nutrition and psychology. It was an amazing experience, top coaches and support staff. We were also ranked and I was wrapped to hear that I have been nominated for the NZ Secondary Schools Barbarian Team (this is for the year 12 or younger players) The NZ Secondary School team is for year 13. If I make it through I will need to attend another camp in September.
We now have King Country under 18 Trials over the next couple of weeks and School Exams!!
Will let you know how I get on
Pretty busy....
And didnt the Chiefs play well last night??
Bring on the Final!!!

Just to let you all know that I have just made the under 18 Chiefs development squad. This starts with a camp the first week of the school holidays.

Hi  everyone,
Just a quick up date.
The rugby season is in full swing and we have just finished the first round. There has been a huge amount of travelling this season as we are playing in the Bay of Plenty competition.
Even though the teams performance has been up and down we have managed a promotion into First division, this is the first time our school has mamaged this. We played our first game in this grade on Saturday and won against Western Heights 28-32.
I have managed to stay injury free so far and are pleased with my form managing to score a few tries.
This weekend is at home (nui at mid day against Opotiki) will be a tough one.
Only three weeks to go until we travel to Brisbane for our Gold Coast Tournament. We  have managed to reach our target (financial) and have only one big fund raiser left.
Will keep you all posted

Just a quick up date on progress.
Athletics: I won the Taupo Nui A Tia Senior boys championship for 2012.
First in Long Jump and Triple Jump, Second in 100m and First in200
Mid Island First in long Jump and Triple Jump
Waikato Third in Long and Triple Jump
I qualified for both long and triple in  North Islands unfortunately I couldnt compete as I had other committments. I have another year in this age group, so Im hoping to be able to compete at the North Islands next year.
Rugby: We have been hard out training since February and have pretty much a new team, quite young and lots of new combinations. We had our first tournament in the last week of term one, (mcQuilkin cup) this is a round robin tournament we had five games and each half was only ten minutes. We won the first four games, unfortunately we went down to Tauhara in the last game. It sure was a test of fitness and I was happy to get a couple of tries, and come away injury free. It was also an opportunity to try out new combinations etc.
Term two sees us playing in a division up from last year which will be tough, we are also playing in another competition at the same time so there will be lots of travelling and hopefully a few home games. I will keep you posted.
The first XV are also heading to the Gold Coast in July to play in a Tournament we have been fundraising since February and are looking forward to this experience.
Thomas Orr