Golf star’s tips for Post­gate

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

New Zealand’s best male am­a­teur golfer has a lot of good things to say about Aotea Col­lege.

Daniel Hil­lier, along with Ja­van Up­ton and Liam Hawthorne, spoke to about 70 year 7 and 8 pupils from Post­gate School last Wed­nes­day.

He out­lined why Aotea was a good op­tion for their sec­ondary school­ing.

Hil­lier, a year 12 stu­dent, was asked whether go­ing from Post­gate to col­lege was scary.

‘‘I wasn’t too scared be­cause I had a big sis­ter at Aotea,’’ he said. ‘‘Plus, there is a peer sup­port pro­gramme in place and you can get a lot of help when you’re new to the school. It doesn’t take long to get used to find­ing your class­rooms and you get the hang of the lay­out af­ter a while.’’

Hil­lier said his golf­ing com­mit­ments meant he was away from the school a lot, but his teach­ers made life eas­ier for him.

‘‘I’m putting a lot of time into golf, but the school of­fers me a lot of sup­port so I can keep up with as­sess­ments. They’re back­ing me 100 per cent.’’

Hil­lier, who plays for the Manor Park club in Lower Hutt, won the New Zealand am­a­teur golf cham­pi­onship in Ti­ti­rangi, Auck­land, in April.

Mean­while, Aotea Col­lege’s re­fur­bished gym­na­sium is fin­ished and avail­able for use. It is part of a mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar re­de­vel­op­ment of the school. The gym will have an of­fi­cial open­ing this month.

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