A valued member of the Roskill South Athletics coaching team is seeking a future in the AFL. Seventeen-year-old Alistair Maisey, a Year 13 Lynfield College student, is currently a New Zealand Under 18 representative in the AFL Rugby League. Ultimately Alistair wants to reach the senior side next year, in the meantime as he says “playing for the Under 18’s is my top achievement as representing New Zealand in any sort is always an honour”.
Alistair came through the ranks as a junior athlete at the Roskill South club and enjoyed the fun atmosphere. He says “even though in the beginning I wasn’t the best athlete, I still came back every week because of the friends I made and all events we did encouraged good friendly competition”. That athletics is a base for all co-ordination sports is not lost on Alistair, “As I got older and started to get better, the club further helped me develop as an athlete which really helped me get to where I am today”.
Alistair coaches a number of athletics disciplines but has mostly focussed on Shot Put, and last season one of his athletes, Sylvia Brunt achieved Auckland Championship medals and broke the long-standing Roskill South 11-year-old record by more than a metre. In Alistair’s words, “this is part of the reason I coach, it’s a way for me to give back to the club that helped build me into what I am today. If I can do the same for other athletes somewhere along the line, then that’s an added bonus. The other reason I coach is that every time I see someone I have coached get better and do well in an event, knowing I played a part feels amazing”.
This year Alistair was voted in as Sports Captain for Lynfield College and was co-captain of the schools premiere Rugby League team. Apart from playing Rugby League for the school, he also played in the school’s Volleyball, Touch, 1st XV Rugby and Athletics teams. As Sports Captain, Alistair helped organise and run the house competitions. As a result of his contribution to the school Alistair was awarded Dux Ludorum (sports) which helped top off a successful sporting year.
Peter Wyatt, President of Roskill South Athletics says “Alistair is a great role model for our young athletes and a genuinely nice young man with a big future. We are grateful to have him as part of our club and wish him well in his AFL ambitions”.