Topics: Sevens, Rugby

Waaka whānau turns out in full force to support son's Sevens debut

  • Wellington

Despite only selling just over 20,000 tickets for the annual Wellington Sevens competition,  it's been just as colourful and festive as previous years.

While the Sevens haven't seen the same amount of interest this year, our reporter Rewa Harriman caught up with one family that wouldn't miss it for the world.

From Ruatoki to Wellington, the Waaka family has arrived to party at the Sevens.

It's not just about the party though, the Waaka's have one special reason to attend, to watch their boy Beaudein debut for NZ.

Beaudein's mother Rae says "One of the proudest moments of my life was giving birth to him and seeing the jersey he's going to be wearing out there has to take the cake!"

Beaudein's sisters Shannon and Stacey and older brother Bronson are also extremely excited and proud of their brother's rugby accomplishments.

"We're really excited for him to get out there, to put on his boots, throw on his jersey and run out there and do his country proud I guess."

Sister Stacey is closing in on her goal of making the NZ Women's Sevens team too so Beaudein's rise has given her extra motivation.

"All the whānau are backing but i feel like it will definitely motivate me to train harder and be like him I guess."

But where did this sporting prowess come from?

Father, Hira Waaka says "Well, probably both of us, my wife was also very sporty as a child."

Wherever the sporting prowess comes from, it's clear the whole family had a part to play in Beaudein's success and today they can enjoy it.

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