Fields of dreams for Armani

07 May 2021

Rugby or discus – a tough choice when you have just broken a nine-year-old South Island record in the latter but also aspire to play rugby at the highest level.

Year 10 Somes House student and rising sports star Armani Lemalu, there are a few more seasons to savour before making a final decision.

“I enjoy discus and shot put but I think I am heading more towards rugby,” the talented second five-eighth and U15 College team member says.

“I do a lot of training for both rugby and athletics, and my teachers at College – along with my family – are very supportive of all my activities.

“It’s great to have so many opportunities to chase your sporting dreams at College.”

Armani, who also competes for the New Brighton Olympic Athletics Club, says that he first discovered his passion for field events after tagging along with a friend to his training session and quickly picking up both disciplines.

The outstanding young sports scholarship holder recently won both the U15 shot put and U15 discus at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships at Ngā Puna Wai, setting a remarkable 53.07m record in the discus and overshadowing the previous 51.71m set in 2012.

Armani first made his mark just weeks after starting at College last year, blitzing the field events on Athletics Day and breaking College records.