Two-time World Mounted Games champion Nancy Te Whata is pleased to put the excitement of her sport and achievements this year behind her and simply get on with her Bachelor of Applied Management Studies.
Mounted Games is a very fast and fun sport which involves competing on horseback, Nancy says.
"You don't have to have an expensive horse, like more glamorous other equestrian sports, you can just use your beloved pony.
"Mounted Games involves athletic ability, good riding skills, hand - to-eye co-ordination when jumping on-and-off your horse and racing up and down a field," she says.
"You can compete as an individual, pairs or as part of a team."
Having won her first World Championship title in November 2008 at Sydney, Nancy won her second world championship at the Horse-of-the-Year Show in Hastings in March this year in the team event.
However, her commitments to her sport earlier this year meant her studies took a back seat and her sport first priority. Those priorities have now been reversed.
The second-year student says NorthTec provides her with the ideal conditions to thrive in sport and in her studies.
Her advice to other students competing in any sport and studying at the same time is "prioritise".
"Have good time management skills and keep goals in mind for both".
NorthTec is the Tai Tokerau region's largest provider of tertiary education, with campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Rawene, Kaikohe and Kaitaia.
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