CPIT student named ASB young sportswoman of the year

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24 Feb 2015

One of CPIT's students has won the ASB Young Sportswoman of the Year at the 2015 Hadlee Canterbury Sports Awards.

Rosa Flanagan, 18, balances studying Human Nutrition at CPIT with being one of the top steeplechase athletes in New Zealand as well as coming 7th at the World Junior Championships in 2014. She is now off to the World University Championships after recently breaking a New Zealand record.

She was "very happy to recently be named the ASB Young Sportswoman of the Year at the 2015 Hadlee Canterbury Sports Awards.

"Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the night as I was in Wellington for the New Zealand Nationals but my Dad was able to go up and receive it for me,'" she says. "When you get big awards like these all of the hard training and sacrifices you make are definitely all worth it "

Recently in Flanagan's first steeplechase race of the season she broke the New Zealand under 19 and under 20 3000m steeplechase record, then only a couple of weeks later she broke her NZ records again at the Porritt Classic.

"I'm really happy as I wasn't expecting to start off the season with a personal best," she says. "It's a great confidence boost."

Next up, Flanagan has qualified for the prestigious World University Championships in Korea in July.

"The University games are the pinnacle of my season for me. That was my main goal and what I have been focusing on. I'm very happy. "

When she's not busy training, Flanagan is a second year CPIT student. ." She is the recipient of a Prime Minister's Scholarship, which provides carded athletes with educational support. 

"All my life I've been into running and an interest in human nutrition has gone along with that. When I saw the course at CPIT I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I am doing it part time to fit around training."

It can be difficult for Flanagan to balance the pressures of training and travelling to compete with studying. "The tutors are really good though and everyone is very supportive." While Rosa is currently focusing on running, she hopes for a future career in human nutrition. "I'm making the most of my young age and doing the best at running as I possibly can, but when I'm older I definitely want do something in the field I'm studying."