Students shine to sport
Sports stars of the future are getting a taste of the big time thanks to former All White Noah Hickey.
More than 1000 high school students from around Auckland are taking part in the Shine programme, set up by Hickey in association with AUT.
The programme allows students to get advice from Hickey and staff from AUT’s school of sport and recreation, where they learn about sponsorship, training methods and goal setting.
Onehunga High School archer Jared Smythe and Auckland under-16 rugby player Sunia Hala say the skills they’ve learned from the course are invaluable.
“They give you heaps of tips about how we can improve our sport and make training more effective,” 15-year-old Jared says.
“Now I think about goal setting before shooting.”
And 15-year-old Sunia, who hopes to be an All Black one day, says the programme has given him a more balanced approach to his school life.
“It’s getting me further with my rugby career and in the classroom.”
Hickey says the idea behind the programme is to inspire kids to be better people through their sporting endeavours.
“Ninety-seven to 98 percent of the students will never play professional sport, but it’s about completely changing their attitude across the board.
“We teach them they’ve got to work.
“If they’re not working their hardest they’re not going to make it.”
For more information about the Shine programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sam. email@example.com.
Future stars: Onehunga High students Sunia Hala, 15, left, and Jared Smythe, 15, could be headed for sporting glory thanks to the Shine programme set up by former All White Noah Hickey.