Young rugby league star reflects

Kyra-Lee (Year 12, Riroriro) talks about her experience, and on her ‘career’ so far, in this interview with Sports Coordinator Kana Shedlock-Whiu

Kia ora Kyra-Lee,

Firstly congratulations on making the Aotearoa Maori Kotiro Tournament team.

When they called your name out, how did that make you feel?

I was shocked, grateful and proud of myself but extremely happy.

Can you share with us your experience of playing in the Tournament?

It’s amazing, the number of kotiro teams that play is awesome to see and the amount of encouragement that comes from the adults and the sidelines. But especially how hard and challenging the games are compared to the South Island.

How long have you played League?

11 Years

What was the best part about competing in Rotorua?

Competing against other talented players and the new surroundings.

What is the one thing you love the most about playing Rugby League?

Getting to be in a new environment every tournament and especially traveling with my friends.

What advice would you give other young players out there thinking about playing league?

“Do it! I highly recommend playing league as it’s fun, physical, and there are a lot of opportunities.”

Describe yourself in 3 words

Committed, Sporty and passionate.

Who are your biggest supporters and why?

My parents and grandparents as they’ve been there from the start. They’re the reason I started and continued on and they push me to do my best every time.


From all of us at Te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka Hornby High School, congratulations Kyra-Lee, we are all very proud of you. You represent the best in our school values of commitment, achievement, resilience, and respect. Kia tau te mauri!!