Arm-wrestler Heta-Morris takes a chance at powerlifting

Lynette Amoroa
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

He hākina hou e whāia ana e te toa mamau ā-ringa o Aotaroa a Maateiwarangi Heta-Morris. Nōnātata nei ka uru ā ia ki te whakataetae Hiki Maitai o Anzac i raro ia UPANZ ki Kirikiriroa. Ko te mutunga mai o āna hua i whakamiharo i nga kaiwhakawā.

He māmā noa ki a ia te hiki i te kotahi rau waru tekau kirokaramu, ā kei noho pea ka whakapono atu, he kotahi wiki noa iho ia i te hākinakina nei. 

“I did alright, I think I got the heaviest lift in the Novice class,” hei tā Heta-Morris nō Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa hoki.

Ahakoa tana hiahia kake noa atu i te taitara mā te pana i te tekau kirokaramu anō, nā te hapa iti, kaare i tutuki.

“I got 180kgs in my first lift and my second lift at 190kgs. But, technical problems, and my bum came off a little bit, third lift I tried 190kg again, but I was just worn out.”

Engari kaare anō kia kotiti te aro o tēnei toa mamau ā-ringa ki tēnei hākinakina hou. He akoranga nui tonu te riro i a ia.

“Arm-wrestling to me is more of a combat sport, a one on one, bench pressing is more about yourself, different levels of focus.”

Nā reira, he huarahi hou pea tāna e whai nei?

“No, not at all! My heart is in arm-wrestling, I owe so much to the sport, but I can see myself in another bench-press comp!”

Ā, ka whai wāhi ia ki te whakatinana i taua whainga hei tēra marama, ka whakangunu ia i tana taitara i te whakataetae Mamau-ā-ringa a motu, i tētahi whakataetae hiki maitai ā-rohe hoki.