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Sports kids get to meet their peers from around Wellington region

Sep 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

Olympic rowing gold medallist and sports ambassador Joe Sullivan meets the Postgate School dodgeball team in this week’s sports festival.

Olympic rowing gold medallist and sports ambassador Joe Sullivan meets the Postgate School dodgeball team in this week’s sports festival.

CHILDREN from the Wellington region met peers they would not normally play against at a sports festival involving 2200 others this week.

Coach of the winning Miramar North Basketball team, Vai Henry, says the kids thrive in events such as the Wellington Regional Sportsfest.

“They don’t often get to play all these schools. We only play in the eastern zone.”

Wellington Regional Sportsfest has brought together 50 lower North Island primary schools to compete in 10 different sports.

The event is mainly based at the ASB Arena in Kilbirnie over two days, with 260 teams giving it their best in rippa rugby, basketball, dodgeball, football, hockey, table tennis, badminton, netball, turbo touch, kiwi volleyball.

Star athletes such as Olympic gold medallist Joe Sullivan and Melissa Ingram attended as ambassadors to inspire and prove to the students that dedication and perseverance can go a long way.

Sullivan said it was important for kids to get involved in sport at a young age.

“I think it’s hugely important. Not just for keeping active but to learn to socialise, to learn that they’ve got to work hard to win, or to compete and succeed.

“It’s something that sets you up in not just sport, in life in general. And keeping fit, that’s the main thing.”

Parents of students competing in the event shared similar views.

“It’s good for them to get out, away from the TV,” said Ina Tumaai, a parentfrom Miramar North School.

Phill Tawera, said the event was a major boost for the children, and helped teach them determination.

Dee Sounoa, whose children are at Porirua’s Windley School, said the kids were having fun.

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