In the second of a three-part series, [OurAuckland] spoke to Kobe Atamu Anitelea, a water polo player from Papatoetoe and winner of Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Pursuit of Excellence Award.
Water polo isn’t a popular sport in Pacific communities but 15-year-old Kobe Atamu Anitelea is trying to change this perception by being one of the very few Pacific premier secondary school players in this sport.
Papatoetoe resident Kobe took the next step towards his goal after his team went to compete in a championship in Australasia. Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Pursuit of Excellence award enabled him to go to Australia for the Trans-Tasman Cup Water Polo Competition in December last year.
“I want to use my experience to increase diversity in the sport of water polo, as I am the only Pacific player in my school premier water polo team and one of very few Pacific premier secondary school players in the sport.”