Alex the Chief Pledger and the Tall Blacks have emphatically bounced back from their first loss by crushing Hong Kong 133-74, Patrick Tuipulotu helped the All Blacks finish their season on a high by defeating Wales 33-18. The week ahead looks very exciting week with Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kayla Imrie and Ricardo Christie all returning to action (more info below). A special congratulations to Huriana Manuel and Derek Carpenter who welcomed their first baby boy, Sāchi-wolf Carpenter.
The Beard Is Gone!!
Pat smashed his goal with days to spare and as a result kept to his word by going clean shaven for the first time since he was in high school.
Make sure you check this video out to see the hilarious before and after.
Awesome work Pat!
Four to Follow
This week we have four profiles which are all unique in their own way and are definitely worth a follow on social media.
You may know Jimi Hunt as the legend who founded Live More Awesome, swam the length of the Waikato river on a Lilo and built the World’s Biggest Waterslide. A well-established motivational speaker Jimi is deeply passionate about inspiring everyone to take control & improve their mental health.
After playing 5 years for the Melbourne Storm Matt Duffie made the move back to rugby to play for the Blues and North Harbour and after only two seasons Matt has earnt himself an All Blacks cap.
Olympian and professional rugby sevens player for New Zealand. At only 23 Tyla Nathan-Wong has already won the IRB World Sevens Player of the year title and an Olympic Silver Medal. Tyla is now touring with the Black Ferns as they build to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Lisa Tamati is perhaps best known for her ultramarathon running which includes running the length of New Zealand (2250km). But she is also the author of two best-selling books Running Hot and Running to Extremes and is a sought-after motivational speaker.
Jess Continues to Inspire
Jess Quinn continues to make a positive impact. After recently posting another amazing blog Jess caught the attention of several media sources.
Jess sat down with Stuff and New Zealand Herald writers to share her journey to self-acceptance.
Both pieces are truly inspirational and have had amazing feedback and are worth taking the time to read and watch.
Incredible work Jess!
The Week Ahead
It’s an exciting week ahead for the WeAreTENZING family.
We have Ricardo Christie competing against the worlds best at the Vans World Cup of Surfing. The event is expected to start tomorrow, live action will be shown on the WSL Facebook page.
Kayla Imrie is competing at the 2017 International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) starting this Thursday. She will be representing the Black Fins as she goes up against opposition from Canada, Great Britain, Japan, South Africa, USA and arch-rivals Australia.
Tyla Nathan-Wong is back with the Black Ferns. The reigning world series champions will look to get their new season off to a good start by taking out the Dubai Sevens this weekend. All games will be shown on Sky Sports.
Alex and the Breakers get back into action with a top of the table clash against the Perth Wildcats this Friday. Again the game will be aired on Sky Sports.
Our family member across the ditch, Tom English is getting behind the Middlemore Foundation and their new mental health inpatient unit.
Tom English is committed to helping people understand and improve their own mental health.
To show his support Tom posted with a sunflower which represents the shining light the Middlemore Foundation is on mental health.
Also keep an eye out for Richie Hardcore’s post and new blog about the Middlemore Foundation.
If you would like to support the Middlemore Foundation you can donate to their give a little page.
Great work guys.