Rotary’s Youth plus is bringing triathlete and World Masters Games Ambassador Hamish Carter to Palmerston North.
Kiwi Olympic gold medal winning triathlete Hamish Carter is visiting the city next week to talk to Manawatu’s young people.
The 2004 Olympic and 2002 Commonwealth games medallist with 12 International Triathlon Union World Cup race victories was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007.
An ambassador, alongside Lord Sebastian Coe, for the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, Hamish has been invited to the city on Thursday, July 30, by Youth Plus, a division of the Palmerston North Rotary Club.
The programme includes a morning presentation in the Convention Centre as well as a special clinic in the afternoon at Te Manawa for talented young Manawatu athletes.
‘‘This is a great opportunity for all young people in Palmerston North to hear from a New Zealand champion who has a great story to share and who has reached the pinnacle of his chosen field,’’ organiser Del Costello says. ‘‘It’ll be Hamish’s story and his challenges, and is all about inspiring leadership, looking outside the square and developing role models.’’
Emceed by Sport Manawatu’s Trevor Shailer the morning programme includes an informal Q&A session.
The afternoon sees two nominated athletes from each school attend a motivational session in the Wilkins Theatre at Te Manawa.
Free tickets to both events are being distributed through participating Palmerston North intermediate and secondary schools, and are available through Rotary members.
‘‘We just want to provide an opportunity for young people to learn from him. Any school or other youth organisation wanting to join in should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .nz.’’
This will be the fourth Youth Plus motivational event to be held in the city. Labour’s Jacinda Ardern was a guest speaker in March, with the highest profile guest, Prime Minister John Key in July last year.
Champion triathlete and 2017 World Masters Games ambassador Hamish Carter is coming to present motivational sessions for school students and young athletes in the city.