Award recog­nises Jiu Jitsu Academy’s con­tri­bu­tion to well­be­ing of chil­dren

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By CHRIS STEEL

Katikati’s Lance Camp­bell was awarded a Ki­wibank Lo­cal Hero award as part of the 2019 Ki­wibank New Zealan­der of the Year Awards.

From 750 nominees, he was one of 17 Bay win­ners in the Lo­cal He­roes cat­e­gory, hon­oured for their ser­vices to com­mu­nity at a spe­cial medal pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at the Clas­sic Fly­ers Mu­seum in Mount Maun­ganui.

Hum­bled by the hon­our, Camp­bell said the Lo­cal Hero award recog­nises the pos­i­tive work that not only he does, but also ev­ery­one in­volved in the Jiu Jitsu Academy are do­ing to pro­mote and fos­ter a great com­mu­nity cul­ture built on strong val­ues, re­spect, hon­esty, in­tegrity, com­pas­sion, hard work, courage and work ethic. He started the academy in Katikati with a fo­cus on self de­fence for chil­dren, youth and adults.

Ju­lia Faulkner who nom­i­nated Camp­bell was at the cer­e­mony. She said she nom­i­nated him for a com­bi­na­tion of things.

“Lance has helped my son and my nephew. Since start­ing Jiu Jitsu over the past year they have both be­come amaz­ing young guys. Both are graded and have been suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing higher belts.

“He is amaz­ing with the kids, not only my two but the oth­ers in the club.”

Lance doesn’t see the pos­i­tive ef­fect he has, she said.

“I thought he was such an un­sung hero and so hum­ble — he never steps for­ward him­self.”

Camp­bell said he did not con­sider him­self a hero as there are peo­ple all over NZ who do what he does ev­ery­day.

“The he­roes are the par­ents of our kids who see the ben­e­fit in what we are do­ing and there­fore bring their kids to train­ing ev­ery week.

“The he­roes are the peo­ple — mums, dads, youth — who want to make a pos­i­tive change in their lives, whether phys­i­cal or men­tal and there­fore have the courage to do some­thing that is com­pletely out of their com­fort zone. The he­roes are the kids and adults who walk through the door ev­ery week to face their fears head on — not me.”

He and wife Kylie have seen the many pos­i­tive changes that Jiu Jitsu has had in peo­ple’s lives over the years.

“We are pas­sion­ate about peo­ple be­com­ing the best ver­sion of them­selves and mak­ing pos­i­tive sus­tain­able life changes, and Jiu Jitsu is a ve­hi­cle that we know can de­liver this.”

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, are also in­volved in the Katikati Wrestling Club and cross pro­mote the two dis­ci­plines as they com­pli­ment each other pro­vid­ing many of the same ben­e­fits.

Nom­i­na­tions have now closed for the 2019 New Zealan­der of the Year Awards. With close to 1800 nom­i­na­tions — 488 for the New Zealan­der of the Year cat­e­gory.

Lance Camp­bell with some of the chil­dren he trains in Jiu Jitsu at the Katikati Wrestling Club.

(Left): Ki­wibank’s Mur­ray Nelmes, Lance Camp­bell and Tau­ranga Deputy Mayor Kevin Clout at the awards cer­e­mony.

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