The school holidays were a busy time for Stephanie Dickins, who scooped medals in two sports, reports Lucy Townend.
Feilding High School pupil Stephanie Dickins, 17, finds time in her busy life for both athletics and hockey.
Earlier in the month she took home a handful of medals as part of the New Zealand team at the Oceania athletics championships in Cairns.
She won gold with the relay team, silver in hurdles, and bronze in the 400m race.
The following week she rushed down to Dunedin to play for the Manawatu under-18 hockey team, which won bronze.
To top it all off, she was named in the New Zealand under-18 hockey squad.
Growing up with three sisters on a rural property in Kimbolton meant her competitive nature was encouraged at home. That hasn't changed, she says.
"All my family is competitive. Every time we play a game it gets really competitive.
"We've got a volleyball net in the back yard and even when we play cards it always has to be a competition."
She picked up hockey at the age of 7, following in her mother's footsteps.
"My mum was a top hockey player and there was a Kimbolton team, so I just played for them."
Around the same time, her natural running abilities started to shine and after excelling in school cross-country events she picked up athletics.
In her first interprovincial athletics competition Stephanie finished fourth and figured, "Ah, I'll keep going then."
Since then she has won awards in hurdles, 400m and 800m, and hockey.
Her drive to achieve is intrinsic, and reaping the rewards motivates her.
"I live out in the middle of nowhere, so I have to train by myself, and I have to be self-motivated . . . I just love winning. If I wasn't doing well I probably would have quit by now."
But the physical pain from competing in athletics is sometimes too much to deal with.
"I guess it's the lactic acid build-up.
"At the end of the 400, your legs just kind of seize up and you can't run any further.
"I have a bad habit of falling to the ground at the end of every race."
Despite the pain, she stays involved in her sports, but is finding it increasingly hard to juggle her various commitments.
"Up until this year, it wasn't too bad. I wasn't really hard out into hockey, but now I am."
As well as being a school officer (similar to a prefect), finishing off year 13 NCEA, and spending more than 12 hours a week training, she is applying for tertiary scholarships in the United States.
She's not sure exactly where she wants to study, but is keeping California in mind.
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and being a physio are both future dreams.
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