Marlborough Mid-Week : September 16th 2015
16 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 stuff.co.nz Winner of the Sport TasmanWinter Explorer competition Sam Molony,4, enjoys an outing with his parents as they seek out clues for the competition. Sam is king of the forest RACHEL MCFADDEN A4-year-old Blenheim boy has proven himself a true little explorer andwon the main prize in the Sport Tasman Winter Explorer competition. SamMolony,who completed 10 walks around Marlborough with his family,won a family weekend away at Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds The contest ran for three Vitor Lopes, 10, and his role-model father, Marcelo Lopes. PHOTO: RACHEL MCFADDEN/FAIRFAX NZ Students thank role models RACHEL MCFADDEN The class of room three at Whitney Street School, in Blenheim, held a special day for their role models last Tuesday. They made freshly cut sandwiches and fruit and marshmallow sticks, decorated the school hall and put on a performance for the inspirational people in their lives. The festivities were all part of a KiwiCan programme which teach students the value of integrity; to do the right thing when no-one was watching. ‘‘The role model day was completely student-driven. It was their way of saying thanks and giving back to the people who lead by example,’’ KiwiCan leader Sophia Buckingham said. Each student made a handmade card and poem for the person they looked up to in life. Jaydn Kerr, 9, nominated his older sister Brooke Flintoff as his role model because she wants to join the airforce. ‘‘I admire that she wants to join. I hope I can one day. She is quite cool and a good person,’’ Jaydn said. Vitor Lopes, 10, nominated his father Marcelo for teaching him martial arts. ‘‘I want him to know that I love him,’’ Vitor said. Rachel Brown, 10, nominated hermumAndrea, for always looking after other people and inspiring Rachel to have a ‘‘bright future’’. ‘‘Iamproud of her, she is a pretty special mum,’’ Rachel said. The children preformed a song ‘‘Itwas a wonderful day and it is great to spend the time together. I really appreciate it.’’ Marcelo Lopes for their role models and invited them to play games. ‘‘It was a wonderful day and it is great to spend the time together. I really appreciate it,’’ role model Marcelo said. months and encouraged families to get outdoors and enjoy some of the great recreational areas the province has to offer. More than 680 people completed in 200 teams as they hunted out the answers to clues around the countryside. Sam’smumMaike van der Heide says the contest was a great way to spend time as a family outdoors. ‘‘It got us out more often doing stuff outdoors. It was good formyson to have a goal,’’ she says. The family went on walks in Pelorus and Havelock but a walk up the Pukaka Valley track, near Tuamarina and Rarangi was a highlight. It was also a great way for the family to get out together during winter, rather than sit at home, and they would definitely be entering again next year. The success of the programme has seen Sport Tasman extend it over the hill to Nelson where the Spring Explorer will be run. PHOTO: SUPPLIED BE ONE OF THE FIRST 5000 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO STUFF AND GET A FREE AIG HAKA 360o HEADSET The AIG Haka 360 headset allows you to experience the haka as if you were really there with the All Blacks. GO TO stuff.co.nz/aighaka360 TO SIGN UP NOW! Terms and Conditions apply. See entry website for details.
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