Lincoln culture shared during Taiwan tournament

24 August 2023 | News

The university's basketball teams had an opportunity to share a little taste of Lincoln culture on their recent trip to Taiwan.

The men's and women's teams were there for the 2023 Buddha's Light Cup International University Basketball Invitational, and both finished a creditable third against tough international opposition.

They stayed at a Buddhist temple for the 12 days of the tournament, but there was a variety of events planned for them.

Every team had to perform at a culture night, and the sides sang Tutira Mai Nga Iwi and then unleashed a powerful rendition of the new Lincoln University haka, Aoraki Wānaka, which had its first public showing from the rugby side this season.

Women’s basketball captain Kate Herman said the trip to Taiwan was "an unreal experience". 

"The first couple of days, we explored the temple, where we got to walk around and embrace the culture. We had a tour around the museum at the temple, which was a cool experience. We learnt about the history and how to write calligraphy."

After the tournament, they explored Kaohsiung City with the other teams, enjoyed lunch together and went sightseeing on a boat ride before heading to the local night markets.

"Personally I really enjoyed playing basketball at this international level, as well as getting to know all the players on the trip and meeting players from other countries and cultures," Kate said.

"I enjoyed travelling to Taiwan and all the new experiences that we had and I am grateful, as I’m sure everyone else is, that we were invited to play at this prestigious tournament."

Manager Hoani Smith said the players enjoyed the exposure to Buddhist culture and embraced meditation and life at the monastery. He was glad they were able to share the culture of New Zealand and Lincoln with their hosts.

He said he would love to see Lincoln invited back to the tournament.

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