Sport Alumni

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College has seen many of our aspiring sporting athletes pursue their dreams and become sporting superstars in their respective codes.  Here are a few of our ex-students that continue to role model leadership and our cornerstone values to this day.  Inspiring those who follow, these former pupils are an inspiration to the wider Taupō community, as well as Aotearoa.  

Whaia te iti kahurangi Ki te tuohu koe  Me he maunga tei tei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly

If you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

Nicole Van Der Kay

New Zealand Triathlete


  • ​New Zealand triathlete
  • New Zealand Olympian
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Games champion
  • World triathlete Champion

Kyle Smith

New Zealand Triathlete


  • New Zealand Triathlete
  • World Championship Series
  • World champion aquathlon
  • Taupo Ironman 70.3 Champion
Ora Williams

New Zealand Women's Touch Rugby


  • New Zealand Under 18 Seven's Team
  • New Zealand Open Womens Touch Rugby Team 
  • Regional & National Rugby representative

Shiloh Gloyn

New Zealand Hockey


  • New Zealand Women's Hockey
  • Regional Hockey Representative

Patrick Bevan

New Zealand Cyclist


  • Professional New Zealand Road Cyclist
  • New Zealand Olympian
  • Multiple International Tour champion
  • Currently racing with Team DSM (2023)

Louisa Wall

New Zealand Dual International  Netball/Rugby


  • Double international - Silver Ferns Netball Team and Black Ferns Rugby Team
  • ​Regional Rugby
  • Regional Netball
  • Regional Soccer representative
  • Junior New Zealand Javelin Champion
  • NZ MP - Labour
Dame Noeline Taurua

New Zealand Netball Player and Coach


  • ​New Zealand Netball Team - Silver Ferns
  • Regional Junior Athletics Champion
  • Head coach of New Zealand Netball
  • Head Coach of trans-tasman netball franchises

Shanelle Barrett

New Zealand Triathlete


  • New Zealand Triathlete
  • New Zealand Olympian
  • International Technical Director
  • Triathlon Event Manager
  • MNZOM - Services to Triathlon
Solomon King

New Zealand Sevens


  • New Zealand Sevens Rugby Team
  • New Zealand U21 Rugby
  • Regional/Provincial Rugby Representative
  • Japanese Franchise Rugby
Lee Stensnes

New Zealand All Black


  • New Zealand All Black
  • Manawatu Rugby
  • Auckland Rugby
  • Auckland Blues Rugby
Hud Rickit

New Zealand All Black


  • New Zealand All Black
  • Auckland Rugby
  • Waikato Rugby
  • Queensland Rugby Union