Children enjoy sports down south

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt riding scooter with pupils at the obstacle course in the Aurora College gym. Photos: Hayden Williams

World champion weightlifter Sonia Manaena had an unusual pupil show up for the start of the Sport Down South school holiday programme on Monday (July 17).

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said he took up scootering several years ago in order to keep pace with his scootering son, was invited to attend and try out the obstacle course in the Aurora College gym, under Ms Manaena’s supervision.

The programme ran through the week, with Ms Manaena visiting Fernworth Primary school on the Tuesday, Newfield Primary School on the Wednesday and returning to Aurora College on the Thursday, she said.

Ms Manaena would finish the week by visiting St Patrick’s School on Friday, July 21, she said.

The goal was to get kids more active and healthy.

Volunteer sports motivator Hita Neho, of Invercargill, who worked as a teacher’s aid at Fernworth Primary School, said: “I really want this to succeed, because there’s not much of this kind of thing happening for kids in South Invercargill.”

Ms Manaena, who is now a sports motivator based at Aurora College, took up dead lifting at the age of 44.

Ms Manaena, who is having a movie made about her life, set the world record in 2013 when she dead-lifted 236kg.

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