Young coach Tai driving his team forward


By Candice Gollan

Te Awamutu College basketball coach Tai Wetere is the same age as many of the players in his Anchor AIMS Games team.

Wetere, 13, coaches the Te Awamutu Intermediate boys’ team. Some of his players are his teammates in the Waikato Country Basketball U15 team.

“It is not weird being the coach and then playing [basketball] with the boys,” Wetere says. “It’s all goods.”

Te Awamutu Intermediate player Patrick Milgate, 12, says he has known Wetere his entire basketball career.

“He [Tai] has coached me before and is a great coach,” Patrick says.

The Te Awamutu Intermediate team was top of its pool after the first round of play but lost 26-33 to St Bernard’s College on Tuesday and suffered a close 24-25 loss to Waihi College on Wednesday morning.