This title can be taken literally, this pole shows a Waikato representative rugby player carved into a pine pole. This is one of the original poles in the Tokoroa Talking Poles project and it represents the sporting population of the South Waikato.
The carver was a rugby player and she has incorporated the Waikato colours into her work.
Rugby and even just the idea of sport, the positive channelling of young kids/young adults energies into something constructive emotionally, mentally and physically rewarding is no doubt of the highest importance to almost every New Zealander. The artist believes this is reflected in the fact that rugby, a team sport requiring constant communication and acceptance of all race, opinion and financial backgrounds is by far the country's biggest and most popular sport.
Rugby has been proven to be a force for positive change, South Africa is a prime example of that fact, with their ingrained historical racism having been changed forever through the facet of rugby. This pole represents the love for not only rugby but all sports and all sport teams and the positive change that teamwork, dedication, commitment and love for a game can bring.
|Location||Rosebery Street centre|
|Materials||Pine, Set in ground|
|Definition of Name||Sports - an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.|
|Definition Interpretation||An activity involving physical exertion and skill which an individual or team competes against another or others within a community, country or both.|