My Story – Theresa Ngata

Having the opportunity to be a part of the Tania Dalton Foundation has shown me the gift of giving without the intention of receiving anything in return. As a daughter of parents and grandparents who migrated to NZ from the Islands with almost nothing, it humbles me and drives me to try and make the most of my opportunities. Especially the opportunities that this foundation has offered me. Through this foundation, I was lucky enough to travel to Vietnam with the NZ Youth Women’s Volleyball team in 2018 and it was an experience of a lifetime. The most beneficial area of the scholarship are the workshops. It not only helps us as athletes but also as young adults journeying through life. Being able to meet with amazing other talented young athletes through the workshops, it gave each of us the opportunity to get to know each other personally and make connections. From our very first workshop to our last, I can now call these girls my sisters from around New Zealand. It’s truly a blessing, and I encourage up and coming young athletes and recipients of the Tania Dalton Foundation to make the most of the scholarship and what it has to offer because it’s rare to have people who are willing and wholeheartedly wanting to help you in your journey through sports and life in general.