How I started
Hi there. Thanks for visiting my first ever web site. My name is Talitha McEwan and I am now 13 years old.
I started to sell my stuff and this site last year when I was 8. Mum says I am a fish as I prefer to spend my free time in water. I do swimming (both pool and open water), surf lifesaving, play water polo and underwater hockey and sometimes I surf. I used to do synchonised swimming too. As you can imagine, all these sports cost a fair bit of money. Rather than expecting my parents to pay for everything I try to earn some money. Unfortunately as I get better with training the costs go up as goes the time committment to train and compete. I always welcome offers of sponsorship and any size orders of course!
I tried writing to lots of companies but not many replied and those that did said I was too young to sponsor. My dream is to represent my country, New Zealand one day. So instead of carrying on writing the letters by hand and wasting my money on postage stamps I decided to start earning money myself. I was already making the soaps and lip balms as presents for couple of years, so why not try selling them? Well, I thought it would be that simple and easy. But oh boy, weeks can go by without a sale! Money is sure hard to make!
While my parents pay for my swimming lessons, togs, goggles, fees to pools and so on I have to earn the money if I want to go to competitions.
I sell at markets and via Facebook (please like and share my page - "Talitha's Treasures" and Trade Me (www.trademe.co.nz look for 'makespacenow'). It is very slow going sometimes and I am adding to my 'treasures' as I learn new stuff when I get a chance between training session and competitions.
I love going to the markets and selling my products there - sometimes it is very tough to sell anything! My favourite market is the local market with a super cool name - The Little Big Market. If you live in Tauranga (or are visiting) be sure to pop down and check this market out! It has the best food and craft stalls and there is always some live music. The best market in the entire Bay of Plenty!
The Little Big Markets Mount Maunganui are on the 1st Saturday of the Month They run from 9am until 2pm. There is lots of yummy food, live music, and lots of craft stalls.
The Little Big Markets Papamoa are on the 3rd Sunday of the Month. They run from 9 am until 2pm. Be sure to check it out if you are near the beautiful Domain or Papamoa Beach.
Where do I get my supplies from? Well, most of it comes from a great local,
New Zealand company called Pure Nature NZ (www.purenature.co.nz).
This place is amazing and they are very friendly and helpful.
They deliver their stuff super fast which is always good when
I have an order and don't have all the supplies ready. If you have children and would
like to try making some of my stuff with them - it is fun and easy - please check out
their blog: Kid's Korner:
I get beeswax from local bee keepers only (like Mossop).
I feel as though this is going to be a good year! I am now a Y9 Student at
Papamoa College. I placed 3rd at the Mount Monster - the 3 girls beat any boys.
I won my age group in the Secondary School's Open water competition - both 2.km
and 500m distances. Oceans' 19 Surf Lifesaving nationasl - won the Run Swim Run,
the Surf Race and the Diamond. Placed 1st in the Cathedral Cove Swim. Won the BOP
and the National Junior Girls Triathlon Divisions.
Started to Attend the Mount Maunganui College.
Won 5 gold medals and 2 silver at the
NAGS (National Age Group Championships). Won gold medals at the Secondary Schools
Championships in Hamilton. Won the brick carry at the NZ Surf Lifesaving Pool
Championships and bronze in Swim with Obstacles.
Competed Internationally at:
The OAKA Athens International Swim Meet in May
Vienna International Swim meet in June
Czech Open Water Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic
Slovak Open Water Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia (won the 5km age group)
FINA Balaton World Cup Open Water championship 10km -
Made the Swimming New Zealand team and competed at the Australian State
Championships in Canberra, Australia
January - open water swim in Taupo. Summer season spent doing the open water
swims, but made a stupid mistake at the Cathedral Cove swim. Big waves, followed
an older male swimmer, didn't see the buoy and swam 1km too far. Stupid mistake.
Got into the last ever Jetstar Super swim Squad Camp and my little brother got in too.
So Sad that this camp will no longer be there. It was what made me want to swim.
Oceans'18 were in Orewa and the weather was horrible. Did worse than last year and
only won the surf race and runs swim run. Managed to get into the 400m free NAGS and got into a final - not bad for someone who just turned 12. Big surprise was to make the U14 A Tauranga water polo team and travelling to the Pan Pac Games in Auckland. September will be AIMS games time and I'm sad they no limit entries to just 7 events for swimming.
Hope that my mum gets better and will not have to have more operations or stay in hospital (because dad as good as he is he always forgets something!) and a new club for me to do synchronised swimming with!
To all my coaches that helped over the year - THANK YOU.
I found a new swimming club that would let me still train with my fab coach Sheryl McLay (Team Shorebreak), the Greerton Swimming Club. I'm really looking forward to be part of the competitive club again and hope my new coaches Riccardo and Tai will help me with my breathing issues and technique. I'm also looking forward to do the Russel to Paihia crossing swim - it is the day after I turn 12 so I will finally be allowed to compete in the longer swims! Surf lifesaving Ocean's 17 was fun too, bummed the board and flags, but won the run swim run, surf race and diamond race. Love surf lifesaving and spending time out on the ocean. September was the AIMS games month and I was super happy to be the overall 11 year old girl swimming champion and also get 2 gold medals (200 free, 200 IM) and 2 silver (100 free and 100 IM). Cross country didn't go so well and I loved multisport apart from the bike's chain falling off and not being able to fix it fast.
2016 - A DIFFICULT YEAR
So 2016 started off badly. My mum got really sick and she was in and out of hospital. She had emergency surgery and things didn't go well for the rest of the year. It sucked. First I became the Y6 girl champion in swimming for Bay of Plenty NZ. Then I broke couple more BOP swimming records in my age group. Few other school competitions, I gave cricket a go and played hockey in winter too. I still do the underwater hockey. I ended up playing the Water Polo for Tauranga Under 12s again and went to the Mountford Park and Olympic Hopefuls tournament. Mum was back in hospital so a friend who is a competitive swimmer (Ruby Helm, she is amazing breastroker) took me with them. I had so much fun.
Swimming went well too right until I got pneumonia - and ended up in A&E. I had to spend 6 weeks doing nothging - no swimming! I lost a lot of fitness and all my muscles. For the first time ever I didn't win the school's 800m run. I am slowly recovering and hoping the 10 & 11th December will be the weekend I fully recover as we have the Bay of Plenty swimming juniors championships. I have entered 12 races.
So I have just got back from the Nationals in Synchrosnised Swimming which was in Dunedin 1-4th October. Thanks to the bad weather on the way home the flight was bumpy! Our 12 & U team placed 1st, the Tauranga combo 15 &U team placed first (I was a reserve but still got a medal). My solo - which I had to do with the much older girls I ended up 6th. But I am happy because I haven't been well and taking medicine. It gets hard being upside down when one can't take a breath. I am going to Paihia in November to do an Ocean swim and few swim meets. I would like to try and get into the High performance squad and maybe go to the Oceania Championships next year which will be in Fiji. My swimming is going well too, broke 4 Bay of Plenty age group swimming records best one was 200m Freestyle and 200m IM.