Do­nated sports equip­ment for schools

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

‘‘A lot of the gear is brand new.’’

Toko­roa’s sports stars of the fu­ture could have all the in­spi­ra­tion they need af­ter bags of sports equip­ment were do­nated to two schools.

Te Kura Kau­papa Maori O Te Hiringa and David Henry School were this year’s re­cip­i­ents of an an­nual ini­tia­tive run by triathlon and en­durance sports coach­ing busi­ness Fit­ness Locker.

The ini­tia­tive sees two Waikato low decile schools se­lected each year to re­ceive new and sec­ond­hand sports equip­ment do­nated by var­i­ous busi­nesses, clients and other sources.

This year’s do­nated Items in­clude shoes, cloth­ing, ten­nis rack­ets, bats, balls, and even a bike.

Auck­land based coach Ben Eitel­berg and Hamil­ton based coach Erin Fur­ness trav­elled to Toko­roa to present the schools with the equip­ment. They de­scribed it as their ‘‘favourite time of year’’.

‘‘It is a priv­i­lege for us to be here be­cause we are in the field of sport, we are both ath­letes and we coach ath­letes of all ages, and the aim is to reach out to more peo­ple so they have the op­por­tu­nity to play sport,’’ Eitel­berg said.

‘‘It is a chal­lenge a lot of the time with sports and we recog­nise that some­times peo­ple need a lit­tle bit of help to get to the point where they can par­take and this al­lows that to hap­pen.’’

‘‘You never know, there could be an Olympic star in the mak­ing here and ten years down the line you could read about them say­ing ‘there were these two ran­doms who came to our school’.you never know, it’s just about in­spir­ing and giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

He said the ini­tia­tive was also a way of en­cour­ag­ing sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘‘I take a very sus­tain­able point of view in terms of how I do things and re­cy­cling is giv­ing things a sec­ond chance to be used or some­one a first chance to do some­thing,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of the gear is brand new as it’s come from event or­gan­is­ers who no longer need it so again it al­lows it to be used by some­one else.’’

Eitel­berg en­cour­aged the stu­dents to make the most of the gear.

‘‘You now don’t have an an ex­cuse not to go out there and achieve some­thing new and some­thing fun,’’ he said.

He thanked Swim T3, XTERRA Ro­torua Fes­ti­val, TR Group Truck and Trailer Rental New Zealand, Con­vex In­no­va­tive Pack­ag­ing, Chi­rolink, Fast­lane Fit­ness, Shoe Clinic Hamil­ton and For­mat Lim­ited for their sup­port.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Stu­dents at Toko­roa’s David Henry School proudly show­case do­nated sports equip­ment. Ben Eitel­berg

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