It is a well-known fact that there is not a significant representation of Māori in the world of athletics but Rochelle Coster from Ngāti Kahungunu is one who is bucking that trend and has risen to the top. She recently finished in first place for the 100 metre sprint at the Auckland Championship in the weekend but she's got no time to rest, she has another event to focus on this week.
Rochelle Coster of Ngāti Kahungunu says, “my main event is 100 metres, and 100 metre hurdles but 100 metres is my first love"
Rochelle is 25 years old and she still has the same passion for sprinting as she did growing up.
She adds that "it is the feeling it gives you, it's knowing that you could be the best, it's wanting to be the best, it's a passion and i love it"
After being set back by serious injury last year, Rochelle was pleased with her result at the Auckland Chmapionships in the weekend, finishing first in the 100 metre sprints but she is preparing for another meet this coming Saturday.
“So we've got the Auckland Grand Prix, which is a big national meet, we'll run the relay and the 100 [metre] as well, the week after is a Sydney meet, where we'll run the relay and hopefully the 100 … later it's the NZ champs then the Australian champs.”
However her big goal for this year is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Without a doubt, there is going to be a big few months for Rochelle to achieve that goal and compete on the world stage.