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Football stars share trophy with students By Nikki Papatsoumas

Lyall Bay School students had an opportunity to meet their favourite football stars earlier this week. On Monday, co-captain for Team Wellington Cole Beverley and team mate Saul Halpin visited the school with the ASB Premiership Trophy and signed autographs for students. The team won the cup for the very first time, after defeating Auckland City in the premiership final last month. Parent of Lyall Bay School, Jackie Delaney, who is also the 8th grade coordinator for the Miramar Rangers, said she thought it would be great to give the children a chance to see the cup. “This is the biggest thing for soccer in

New Zealand and Team Wellington have won it, it’s awesome. “It is so good for the kids to see that football is out there too, more girls have also started taking up football as well, it is a really popular sport.” Cole, who was also on the junior committee for the Miramar Rangers and works as the clubs youth development officer, said he and his team mates had already visited a number of other schools around Wellington. He said visiting schools around the capital gave kids a chance to see what can be achieved in football. “It’s great to see the kids smiling about the trophy. I am pretty happy that we won, the boys deserved it and it is great to give back to the community as well.”

Cole Beverley and Saul Halpin from Team Wellington, with Lyall Bay School students.

Sports inbrief Netball players selected

Relay for Life

New Zealand Netball has selected 12 players to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools team. The New Zealand Secondary Schools team will participate in the International School Girls Competition at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, from May 2 to 6. Former Silver Fern and NZ U21 assistant coach,

The Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will take place at Frank Kitts Park this weekend. Relay for Life is a global fundraising event run by the Cancer Society and involves participants walking or running around a track for 24 hours. The 2016 Wellington Relay for Life will

Julie Seymour, will lead the team with Mary-Jane Araroa as her assistant coach. From last year’s team, shooters Sydney Fraser and Tiana Metuarau from Wellington East Girls’ College return to the side. They are joined by other talented players from across the country.

School students “have-a-go” Local primary school students tried a variety of sports during the annual Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium last month. Organised by Sport Wellington for the past thirteen years, the Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival aims to give school children in years 5 and 6 the opportunity to “have-a-go” at sports they might not generally experience. Over 550 school children participated in 20 different sports last Wednesday, giving them a chance to find sports they enjoyed and wanted to play regularly either through school, KiwiSport programmes or sport clubs. Community Sport Advisor for Sport Wellington, Paddy Simpson, said the day was a fantastic opportunity for children from different schools to take part in new sports and be active while

having fun. “The regional event has spawned satellite sports festivals in Lower Hutt and Wellington City, which have given more schools an opportunity to take part.” Providers from developing sports such as AFL, korfball and fencing were among those to deliver sessions to the children, along with golf, gymSports and futsal in a hope of giving students a taste of something they may not have tried. Sport Wellington acknowledged Wellington Regional Stadium Trust for providing Westpac Stadium for the day to ‘give back’ to the regional community. “It’s great for these kids to get a taste of what playing in an elite venue is like,” Paddy said. “We hope many of the students find a sport they love and have an opportunity to continue to enjoy it within their community.”

begin with a survivors walk, followed by a candlelight ceremony in the evening. The event will finish with a closing ceremony. Last year 3670 people in 78 teams took part in the Relay for Life and raised $390,000. This year 3750 people have signed up.

Patrol season ends Locals are being urged to take care in the water when swimming at unpatrolled beaches this winter. Easter weekend marked the official end of the patrol season at beaches around the country and Surf Life Saving New Zealand was now urging beach-goers to exercise caution. Traditionally, volunteer weekend patrols begin at Labour Weekend in October and continue through to Easter. Initial numbers released by Surf Life Saving New Zealand show a huge summer season for lifeguards across the country - who rescued in excess of last season's total of 1,328 people. Surf Life Saving New Zealand national lifesaving and education manager, Allan Mundy, said lifeguards had once again done an amazing job of helping to make the country's beaches a safer place for all to enjoy. “We experienced some fantastic weather around the country throughout December and January and particularly during the Christmas period, which saw thousands drawn to spending their

holidays at the beach and lifeguards were certainly kept on their toes. “Lifeguards spent over 200,000 hours on patrol, ensuring no one drowned while swimming between the flags on New Zealand's patrolled beaches this summer,” he said. Allan said unfortunately, a large number of beach-goers continued to put themselves in unnecessary danger by swimming at unpatrolled beaches or overestimating their abilities in the surf which resulted in a high number of rescues- and sadly, a high number of drownings. While the patrol flags would be put away for the winter, the country's volunteer lifeguards would continue to be part of callout squads and search and rescue operations, he said. Meanwhile, when swimming at an unpatrolled beach, Allan encouraged people to take care. He said it was important for beachgoers to understand what risks they may be putting themselves, or their children, into and take practical steps to avoid them.

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