The Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust is delighted to announce their financial support for born and bred, talented Whanganui Athlete, Tayla Brunger. After a very challenging year, for a number of our young athletes looking to further their careers offshore, Tayla’s commitment to her Sport will finally see her taking the next step in the United States.
Her new home will be Colorado State University. Whilst Tayla has received a full scholarship, the support from Mitre 10 MEGA Future Champions Trust will greatly assist with travel to the United States. Tayla understands the concept of giving back to a community that has supported her through her athletic career to date and looks forward to eventually bringing her learning home to support other up-and-coming athletes. This was just one of the key aspects of Tayla’s approach to her Sport that impressed the Future Champions Trust.
Whanganui has a significant number of talented young sports people and the Future Champions Trust recognises that they often need a hand up to take them to the world stage. True talent is achieved through latent talent and a huge amount of hard work, and the Trust exists to support these young role models.
Philippa Baker-Hogan, Chair of the Trust, explains, “The Mitre 10 MEGA Future Champions Trust, has a goal to support our young high performing athletes to move to the next level of competition. The happy outcome is these same athletes then give their knowledge and learnings to the Whanganui community. Inspiring the next pool of up-and-coming athletes. It’s a great cycle of reciprocity that keeps sports healthy. Tayla’s persistence to push ahead and reach her goal, in difficult times, is testimony to her passion and tenacity. Her generosity, and enthusiasm to share knowledge with others makes her the ideal Future Champions recipient.
Tayla Brunger, 100 and 400 metre Senior Girls Secondary School Champion, at just 18 years old, is facing the challenges of a Covid-19 world with her upcoming departure. Tayla is unphased by the last 12 months and is confident about the future. Tayla describes the last year, saying, “Recruitment to Colorado State University happened before Covid-19 lockdown. Studying and competing in the United States has been a long-term goal of mine, and I’m hugely excited. To be honest, lockdown made training easier. I had no problem at all with motivation. I could still train twice a day, but I didn’t have to get up early or training later in the evening, as I normally would, due to lockdown. Training gave me a reason to get out of the house and have some time on my own. There are a number of parks and hills near home, so that part was easy.”
Tayla continues, “I’m really thankful for the support Mitre 10 MEGA Future Champions Trust have provided. The Trust has supported me in the past, when I competed in Australia as part of the New Zealand Schools team.”
In August this year, Tayla will be making her way to the United States, a long way from home, friends and family. Tayla doesn’t know anyone in the States, but track athletes have reached out to offer their help and advice. Collectively, we can take our hats off to this young woman whose positivity and enthusiasm will make her a great ambassador for Whanganui, New Zealand, and the sport she represents.
Go well, Tayla, from the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust, and the Whanganui community.