Siositina Hakeai (Auckland Girls' Grammar) is sponsored by
the John Walker Field of Dreams Foundation and it paid
dividends on Saturday, when she bettered the discus standard
set for the last three Commonwealth Games.
Hakeai (18) beat the mark of 56m with two of her six throws
when she won the senior discus at the Caledonian Ground.
Four of her throws beat the old New Zealand secondary schools
record. Her best throw of 56.27m smashed the old mark by a
Hakeai, who finished fourth at the world junior championships
in Barcelona last year, appreciates the financial help given
her by the foundation.
''It makes a big difference,'' she said.
''It costs a lot to fly from Auckland to Dunedin. If it
wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here. It costs too much money.
''My next goal is the Commonwealth Games, in Scotland in
"I want to get a medal there."
Hakeai's sequence of throws at the championships on Saturday
was 54.35m, 54.04m, 56.19m, foul, foul, 56.27m.
Her penultimate throw reached 60m, but was declared a foul
when she lost her balance and toppled out of the circle. She
was better balanced with her last throw and broke her own New
Zealand W18 record with 56.27m.
She made a dramatic improvement before coming fourth at this
year's world junior championships in Barcelona after her
coach, Nigel Edwards, watched figure skating on television.
''Skaters get great speed if they remain vertical when they
turn,'' Edwards said.
''I got Tina to stay more upright in the circle."
Younger sister Ofa Hakeai won the silver medal in the junior
girls discus with 39.40m.
Siositina Hakeai completed an outstanding championships when
she won her fourth successive senior shot put title with a
distance of 13.04m.
Jesse Bryant (St Bede's) equalled the senior boys long jump
record of 7.36m when he retained his title. Nigel Park
(Rangitoto College) set the record in 1990.
Greer Alsop (Southland Girls' High School) bettered a record
when she retained her senior triple jump title with 12.20m,
but the wind reading of 3.1m per second was just over the
Matt Bloxham (Orewa College) moved from third to first with
his sixth and final throw to win his gold medal in the senior
boys shot put with a personal best 18.34m which qualified him
for the world youth championships in Ukraine in July.
It was an even competition. Alex Fafeita (Wairarapa College)
was second with 17.44m and Sam Ulufonua (Auckland Grammar)
third with 17.29m.
Bloxham, who won the hammer title on Friday night, was third
in the senior boys discus, with a personal best 50.71m.