It’s quite amazing what some of our staff are getting up to (and achieving) in their “free time”. EIT liaison adviser Rita Hokianga for example is a member of the White Sox (pitcher, left-handed!). Last Saturday Rita and her team set out to represent New Zealand at the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in China.
“This is the last chance to qualify for the Olympics,” Rita told us before leaving. “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It means so much to me.” Rita makes no bones about the fact that being a semi-professional athlete hurts sometimes. Juggling a full-time job, training and family life is anything but a walk in the park. It’s the love for sport that makes her sacrifice evenings and weekends to get the training done.
After a warm-up tour in Japan the White Sox will fly to China to play in the qualifiers. We will keep our fingers crossed, Rita!