Taking steps to great feat
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.