Games cy­clist shows up at his old school

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

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.

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