Pacific Project 2018, an international trip run by UN Youth New Zealand, took seven high school students, myself included, to Pango Village, Vanuatu. This trip was special to us in the way that we didn’t tread lightly on the surface and see Vanuatu as tourists; instead, we delved deeper, forming friendships with the local people and their culture, speaking with their people of power and visiting the NGO’s. Ideas were challenged, opinions were altered, and we began to look at life from an entirely different vantage point.

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Tanya Murray is an athletics champion. She is a budding Olympian who ever since she picked up a javelin fell in love with the sport. Trained by former kiwi Javelin thrower and Dame Valerie Adams’ former coach, Kirsten Hellier, she is on a quest to succeed and dreams of competing on the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. To understand her achievements you have to delve into her story. This Q&A not only gives you the background tohow she got her start in athletics but it contains incredible insight into how a girl from Alfriston is making it big, balancing school life, work and sport and making her family proud.

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