Stu­dents shine to sport

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

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 noah­hickey@gmail.com or sam. luteru@aut.ac.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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