Saints visit a win­ner

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The univer­sal lan­guage of bas­ket­ball united Mana Col­lege spe­cial needs stu­dents and Welling­ton Saints play­ers on court last Wed­nes­day.

Three Saints play­ers – Rick Rick­ert, Ja­son Thomp­son and Joseph Webb – vis­ited Mana’s Te Whare Ako unit to dis­pense some coach­ing tips and to play a friendly game.

The pro­fes­sion­als led a shoot­ing drill with 15 stu­dents, fol­lowed by some fast-paced play.

Their visit was or­gan­ised by Mana Col­lege PE teacher (and Saitns coach) Seth Weak­ley.

Bas­ket­ball was hugely pop­u­lar among Te Whare Ako stu­dents, be­cause any­body could pitch in and have a go, teacher Chris Edge said.

‘‘Sport is good for them, it gets them out into the com­mu­nity. They love bas­ket­ball.’’

Game on: Mana Col­lege stu­dent Arthur An­to­nio, 20, right, faces Saints player Rick Rick­ert in a ball toss dur­ing a friendly at the col­lege last Wed­nes­day. Hold­ing the ball is Saints player Joseph Webb.

Pho­tos: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Skill drill: Mana Col­lege stu­dent Jonathan Lesslie sets up a shot dur­ing a coach­ing ses­sion led by the Saints.

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