An enthusiastic and athletic international student is one of 12 students across six categories to be recognised at the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards at the end of October.
Year 12 student Amber (Shiyu) Jiang received an award in the Sports category at the annual event for excelling in both rowing and basketball.
Originally from China, Amber plays in the QMC Senior A Basketball team and rowed for the College last year.
Amber says she was surprised with her win.
“I was so excited I got it. I was very pleased,” she says.
“The other person who won in my category plays for his country so I was pretty happy I won.”
Amber received her prize alongside international students from other schools who received accolades in Academics, Community Engagement, Arts and Culture, Leadership and Alumni categories.
“The best part of the event was the Kapa Haka performance and getting the award,” she says.
Amber says she enjoys being part of the QMC sports community.
“We played pretty well in basketball this year; the Senior A team made the regionals for the first time ever,” she says.
As well as being part of the Senior A Basketball team, this year she refereed for and was the assistant coach of the Junior A team.
Amber has also played badminton and is now trying her hand at tennis.
“Playing sport has helped me to meet new people, make more friends, and improve my English,” she says.