Date Posted
18th Sep 2019

We are very proud of one of our own!

Congratulations Michael Stanley - Rotorua's Young Achiever 2019! A well deserved recognition of one of our amazing Men's Artistic Gymnasts! Michael has been actively involved with MIGS as an athlete, judge and is currently sharing his skills as a coach for our junior boys classes. Congratulations Michael from all your Whanau at MIGS!

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust Young Achiever Profile:

Michael Stanley
Rotorua Boys’ High School
Leadership, Academic Excellence and Excellence in Sport

Although born in Auckland, Michael moved to Rotorua in 2007 where he began his schooling career at Otonga Primary School. He is currently the Academic Captain at Rotorua Boys’ High School and feels both honoured and privileged to be named as a Rotorua Young Achiever for 2019.

Since moving to Rotorua Boys’ High School, Michael has flourished academically as a result of the continuous support and mentorship of his teachers. Most notably, he has been named Dux Litterarum in each year level from 2015 to 2018.

In 2018 Michael competed at the Wellington Regional Chinese Speech Competition where he placed third allowing him to compete at the New Zealand Chinese Bridge Competition in Auckland. Here he was awarded the ICBC Cup for placing third overall and was given the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the World Chinese Speech Competition held in China. This year Michael alongside three others took part in the New Zealand School Students Chinese Short Film Contest and received the Best Language Award.

2017 saw Michael compete for the sixth time at the New Zealand Gymnastics Championships as well as represent New Zealand at the Trans Tasman Challenge against Australia. He was named the MAG level 8 all-around National Champion and gained national titles on both the Horizontal Bar and Pommel Horse. Based on Michael’s consistent performance, he was also awarded the Howard Hill Trophy for Men’s Levels Gymnast of the Year. In December, Michael was fortunate enough to be selected to represent New Zealand at the Valeri Liukin Invitational in Houston Texas. Here he competed MAG level 10 and gained a silver medal on the Floor apparatus.

Michael will be studying First Year Health Sciences at the University of Otago in 2020. He is grateful to not only his family but to all those who have guided him over the years to become the young man he is today.