A first for Renee Holmes

GISBORNE sportswoman Renee Holmes is the first recipient of the Tania Dalton Foundation Trustees Award

To mark the honour, she was presented with a korowai at the inaugural Tania Dalton Foundation completion ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday night. Holmes wore the korowai for the rest of the evening, but for the coming year it will be on display at the Tania Dalton Foundation office, until Holmes returns next year to pass it on to the class of 2019 at their completion ceremony. It has been a big month for Holmes. First she played in the Possibles-versus-Probables trial for the Black Ferns rugby team, then she made the squad for games against a Barbarians side, and on Saturday in Nelson she made her Black Ferns debut, against the Barbarians. In March 2018, Holmes, then 18 years old, was named as one of 11 inaugural recipients of the Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship programme. For three years, these promising sportswomen were given financial, mentoring and personal development support to “unlock their talent and enable them to live their biggest life”. Click the link to read more.