Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies (BSpLS)
Sacred Heart Girls' College
Former Sacred Heart Girls' College student from New Plymouth, Morgan Haakma is about to begin a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies at Waikato.
Morgan says she grew up as a water-baby as both her parents waterskied, and is now entering her seventh wakeboarding season. She started wakeboarding and competing at the age of 10, and has been hooked on the sport ever since. Morgan says her internal motivation inspires her the most, as well as support from her family, friends and sponsors. She looks up to her role models - coach Brad Smeele and Dallas Friday, one of the world's best female wakeboarders – who inspire her to do her best.
At high school Morgan was a house leader and played in the concert and jazz bands. She was also part of the Sport Taranaki Future Champions Programme for two years, has been involved with charity work for
- Red Cross
- Food bank collection
- Big Sister/Little Sister Programme
- Hospice, Beach Clean-up
- Variety the Children's charity
- YMCA Kindy Gym and School Holiday Programme
- Sport Taranaki 'Movables' Gymnastics Programme
- Special Olympic's days
- Weetbix Tryathlon
- Primary Schools Gym Festival.
Some of Morgan's achievements are coming third in the Open Woman's Division at the Wakeboarding Gravel Tour Competition Stop #3 at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Florida in 2014, coming third in the Wakeboard NSW Round 2 competition in the Straight Air Girls Division in New South Wales in 2013, winning gold at the Wakeboarding New Zealand National Champs in the Junior Woman's (Under 19) Division, Lake Karapiro in 2014, and coming 1st at the Backpaddock Lakes Cable vs Wake Competition, in both the Under 19 Woman's Cable section and boat section, winning the overall Junior Woman's Division, Hawke's Bay 2014.
Morgan's ultimate goal is to one day be standing on the podium at the wakeboarding world champs.