Games cyclist shows up at his old school
When Commonwealth Games athlete Sam Webster paid his old primary school a visit last week it may have been the best show-and-tell ever.
The kids of Mt Eden Normal Primary School let out gasps of disbelief when the 23-year-old cyclist handed his three medals out into the crowd for closer inspection.
Webster grew up in Mt Eden attending Mt Eden Normal Primary, Kowhai Intermediate and Auckland Grammar School.
‘‘It’s funny being here again, all the memories start coming back, like the discos in the hall,’’ he says.
Webster was a real success story of the Commonwealth Games picking up two gold medals and a silver at the velodrome and is now one of our top prospects for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
‘‘I’m really happy I can come back here and share my medals with you guys,’’ Webster told the year 5 and 6 students.
Webster spoke about his time at the school and when he first fell in love with cycling.
‘‘Riding my bike has something I’ve always really enjoyed, I could go wherever I want.
‘‘At Auckland Grammar I decided I would get stuck in and do some proper racing and I haven’t looked back since.’’
The world champion cyclist told the kids what it was like on race day, how it felt to win gold and offered some advice to the inquisitive students.
‘‘I’m really lucky that I get to do something I love for my job.
‘‘I can wake up every morning and be really happy to do something I enjoy, and that’s something I encourage you guys to do, absolutely follow your dreams.’’
Webster then fielded a number of questions ranging from training schedules to whether or not he played bullrush when he was at the school.
Golden boy: Commonwealth Games star Sam Webster with some of the kids from Mt Eden Normal Primary School.
Go online to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz to watch a video of Sam Webster talking about winning his medals.