Tak­ing steps to great feat

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Chil­dren from Mt Eden Nor­mal Pri­mary School have proved how fit they are af­ter walk­ing more than 28 mil­lion steps in three weeks.

They took part in the McDon­ald’s My Great­est Feat pro­gramme, which ran dur­ing the Olympics to get school chil­dren more in­ter­ested in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Stu­dents from around the coun­try were given free pe­dome­ters and tracked the amount of steps they took each day.

Mt Eden Nor­mal stu­dents clocked up 28,247,947 of the three bil­lion steps taken by chil­dren na­tion­wide – the equiv­a­lent of walk­ing to the moon and back.

McDon­ald’s manag­ing di­rec­tor Mark Hawthorne says he is in­spired by the num­ber of steps taken over the three weeks of My Great­est Feat.

“New Zealand kids have well and truly got into the spirit of the Olympics through My Great­est Feat,” he says.

“While our ath­letes were away winning medals and rep­re­sent­ing our coun­try, New Zealand kids were tak­ing part in a great feat of their own back here.”

The My Great­est Feat pro­gramme was de­vel­oped by McDon­ald’s and the New Zealand Olympic Com­mit­tee to get chil­dren mov­ing, hav­ing fun and learn­ing about New Zealand’s Olympic his­tory.

Pe­dome­ters were given to chil­dren so they could count their steps each day and col­lec­tively travel the length of New Zealand by tracking their progress on a spe­cially de­signed web­site.

“Three bil­lion steps is an in­cred­i­ble re­sult,” says Mr Hawthorne.

“It means there were a whole lot of school­child­ren do­ing a whole lot of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity through the pro­gramme.

“I hope it pro­vided a great way for schools to build up to the ex­cite­ment of one of New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful Olympic Games.”

March­ing on: Chil­dren from Mt Eden Nor­mal Pri­mary with Hamish Carter. They com­pleted more than 20 mil­lion steps in the My Great­est Feat pro­gramme. Front from left: Archie Tay­lor, Amy Cui, Henry Briggs, Van­shika Gupta. Back from left: Beth Cle­mens, Hamish Carter, Flynn Tay­lor, Lucy Brown and Lach­lan Grant.

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