Greenfield Mahi Award Worthy

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

 

Alex Greenfield was head boy at Naenae College in 2021. The impact of his initiative, leadership, talent and service had a wide-reaching impact in the community.

He was acknowledged with a service to sport award at the College Sport Wellington Awards last year and was recently nominated for a Hutt City Sports Award in the young volunteer category.

“I’m humbled and surprised to be picked. It’s really nice to be appreciated. There are a lot of people who’ve helped me. It’s good to see the passion out there for Naenae College,” Greenfield said.

Few exhibited greater passion for Naenae than Greenfield. In Year 9 he resolved he would seriously push for head prefect.

“I really looked up to the head boy. It’s an awesome job to be a role model and use sport to connect with the community. I put myself out there and am grateful for the opportunities.

“There’s always something going on, you’re always thinking and doing which can be quite hard to deal with at the time, but I wouldn’t change anything.”

Covid isolation has been a serious challenge for everyone. When restrictions were lifted Greenfield helped bring people together. He organised an Old Boys Football match which had five sets of brothers play and fundraised over $400 for the school ball. It was the first time in many years such an event had occurred.

“That was a special day. It was great to hear the old stories of the passion for Naenae College and have old students reconnect with the school again. My Mum Sharon was a teacher aide at Naenae who used to manage football. That day meant a lot to my family and I.”

Greenfield was captain of the First XI Football team and helped drive the senior futsal team to unprecedented heights in the College Sport Wellington tournament.

“We went into that tournament with no expectations. We’d hardly played together but we won our first two group games and thought ‘okay here we go.’ In the quarter final we beat St Pats Silverstream which was a real surprise. Scots beat us in the semis, but we got third which was definitely the sporting highlight of the year for me.”

Greenfield plays in the midfield and admires Lionel Messi.

Naenae prefect team 2021

Relationships between teachers and students can be trying at the best of times but with Covid stress patience has been stretched to the limit. To improve relations between students and teachers, Greenfield organised lunchtime sports between teachers and students as well as a space for both parties to interact outside the classroom.

“The prefects’ versus teachers’ netball game went to double overtime and ended in a controversial draw. The volleyball was decided in a tiebreaker too. A lot of people found online learning quite challenging so the chance to rekindle through sport was awesome.”

Naenae has 20 prefects selected from four whanau groups. Greenfield was assisted by head girl Auauna Saolotoga.

“Auauna was awesome. We spoke together and she had lots of good ideas. I think we worked well together.”

Believe it or not Greenfield even found time to be a part of the touch and bowls teams as well as coaching and organising basketball, multisport and futsal events.

Greenfield played junior rugby for Petone before switching to Lower Hutt football club. He is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University.