Maadi rowers test themselves at Wintec tent

Video by: Jesse King

Maadi rowers had the chance to test their fitness and strength at the Wintec tent, set up to promote the recently opened Waikato human performance hub.

It was Wintec’s first time promoting themselves at the Maadi Cup.

Wintec student recruitment representative Althea al Zadjali, who is a former student at Wintec, saw Maadi as the perfect place to show everyone what Wintec is all about given that the competition is the biggest secondary schools sporting competition in New Zealand.

 “Perfect opportunity for us, we’re 20 minutes away,” said al Zadjali, who graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2014. “Wintec is in the heart of the Waikato so why not promote it here in Cambridge?”

The Waikato human performance hub was opened to the public on April 5.

“We’re opening the facility to public to allow them to get their fitness tested, for athletes to gauge progress, improve nutrition, strength and conditioning and lots more,” said al Zadjali.

The facility is the first of its kind in the Waikato and will provide the public with access to a professional environment and staff that will help them get the most out of their bodies.

Wintec had a number of activities running at Maadi including the Vertec jump which measured how high people could jump and the Bio impedance scale which measures a person’s body fat. 

There were also a couple of apps being promoted. The first app, called Food works, is a nutritional food based app that can see if the athletes are getting enough carbohydrates, protein, and fat in their diets to race and compete.

The second app was called Coaches eye, which slows athletes’ movements right down to see if they are doing exercise techniques correctly.

Prizes could also be won.

Wintec representatives were also providing a range of information about the institute. Postgraduate student TJ Pieters, who graduated three weeks ago with an honors degree in exercise physiology, had never been to the Maadi Cup before.

 “It’s my first time being at the Maadi Cup but I always heard about it at school because I’m from Hamilton Boys’,” said Pieters. “It’s quite a big event. I’d definitely be keen to come back and actually watch the races.”

Both Pieters  and al Zadjali thought Wintec’s promotion efforts were successful throughout the weekend with a number of students visiting the tent and expressing interest in wanting to know more about Wintec.