Busy time for sporty brothers

Our recent Graduation ceremony was a highlight in what is shaping as a busy time for sporting brothers Anzac and Jesse Tipene.

Angus left and Jesse Tipene smaller for web v2

Anzac, who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science from Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, is busy helping prepare the Otago Nuggets National Basketball League franchise (he is their assistant strength and conditioning coach) for their opening game on 30 March.

Meanwhile, older brother Jesse, who completed a Master of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic two years ago, flew south from Hamilton last week for a large family celebration in Dunedin to celebrate Anzac’s academic achievement.

Jesses will return to Dunedin this week with the Chiefs Super Rugby team (he works as an analyst), looking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Highlanders team, whom they will play on Saturday 23 March.

“Growing up in a large family, competition was ingrained in our dynamics,” Jesse says. “Over time, our competitiveness has evolved into a supportive environment where we aim to uplift each other.”

In regards last week’s Graduation, that support resulted in their whānau, including partners, flying into Dunedin from various locations.

“It meant a lot for our whānau,” Jesse says.

“I graduated a couple years ago but I was really excited for Anzac’s graduation because I understand the effort and sacrifice it takes to reach this milestone.

“It’s not just about celebrating Anzac’s success. It’s about acknowledging the work of our parents and the foundation they set for us to be successful.”

Anzac agrees: “It was a moment for my parents to look back on how well they have done raising me and my four other siblings. I know it means a lot to them to see their children achieve in life. It was a proud moment for the entire whānau.”

Having always enjoyed exercise and sport, Anzac initially enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science with the aim of becoming a personal trainer. However, as he progressed he began to see other pathways and avenues.

“The lecturers at Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health have played a massive role in where I am today. Not only did they steer me in the right direction but they also gave me the confidence to pursue opportunities.

“They are the match that sparked this whole thing. I’m forever grateful for their support.”

“The lecturers at Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health have played a massive role in where I am today. They are the match that sparked this whole thing.”

Anzac Tipene

Graduate, Bachelor of Applied Science

Published on 19 Mar 2024