Dilworth Old Boy competing on the international stage for powerlifting

Funding sporting pursuits is no easy feat, which is why Dilworth Old Boy Thomas Botica (Class of 2012) is grateful to have received the Ian Hart Award in 2017 to represent New Zealand at the Asia/Oceanian Powerlifting Championships. The Ian Hart Award is donated each year by a benefactor, in memory of the late Ian Hart, father of Dilworth old boys Kahn and Grayson Hart. It is awarded annually at the Dilworth Senior Sports Prizegiving.

After departing Dilworth, Thomas continued training in powerlifting alongside his studies at  Lincoln University. The opportunity to compete at the Asia/Oceanian Powerlifting Championships in Singapore in 2017 was a once in a lifetime opportunity but the cost of travel, competition fees and team uniform meant there were significant costs. Being a recipient of the Ian Hart Award, Thomas was able to use the award money to compete and ended up winning bronze medals. More recently, Thomas has become heavily involved with training regularly for the New Zealand Strongman competitions. 

Amongst Thomas’ many accolades and achievements some of his standout highlights include bronze medals in the squat, benchpress, deadlift and total in the Junior -105kg category at the Asia/Oceania Championships in 2017, multiple Waikato/BOP powerlifting records across the Junior -93kg, Open -93kg and Junior -105kg categories, and Waikato/BOP powerlifting Champion in the -93kg Junior, -93kg Open and -105kg Junior categories, as well as the North Island Powerlifting Champion -105kg Open. 

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Thomas feels sport is essential for young men and says of sport that “it is not only an important outlet and stress reliever outside of work and study, but also a great area in which to learn to set and achieve goals and to work towards something”. 

Thomas has said if he could give current Dilworth students and aspiring young athletes some advice it would be to “seek out people who have achieved the goals that you're working towards including coaches, other athletes, past athletes etc. and learn from them”. He also emphasises the importance of goal setting and developing a plan to be guided towards a desired result, advising Dilworth boys “set goals, set targets around what you want to achieve and work backwards to figure how you will get there”.

Since graduating Dilworth in 2012, Thomas attended Lincoln University gaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and currently works at an Agri-software business in Hamilton whilst continuing to train regularly for Powerlifting and Strongman competitions.

Applications for the Ian Hart Award are open to all current and past Dilworth students.
This award will be presented at the Dilworth School Senior Sports Awards on Thursday 5th November at 6.30pm.

All applications must be received by no later than Friday 23rd October 2020 at 4pm.
Please email Marcus Laurie (Alumni Officer) at m.laurie@dilworth.school.nz for any enquiries or an official application form

October 23, 2020