Sunday, 1 January 2017

Day 11: He Shoots, She Scores!

Day 11 - Week 3

Week 3: It’s time to be entertained!

This week you will learn a great deal about the sports, television shows, movies, music, and people who are famous in your country. It will be a really entertaining week!
After a full week of sightseeing in your new country you are given tickets to attend a local sporting event. Check out the links below to see videos of athletes playing two of the most popular sports in each country.
Ice hockey - Olympic Gold Medal Game in 2002 between Canada and the United States of America [3:04 minutes]
Canadian football - Grey Cup (Championship) Game 2013 [8:52 minutes]
Soccer (football) - Highlights of game between Chile and England – 2013 [4:47 minutes]
Chilean rodeo - Example of a traditional Chilean rodeo [2:43 minutes]
Soccer (football) - Highlights of German women’s football team vs. the United States of America [2:22 minutes]
Motor sport - Footage of German Formula 1 driver, Michael Schumacher’s, the world’s most famous motor sport driver
Field hockey - Footage from Men’s Junior World Cup Game – Malaysia vs South Africa [2:31 minutes]
Badminton - Footage of Lee Chong Wei – the most famous badminton player in Malaysia [18:04 minutes]
United Kingdom
Rugby union - Highlights of Rugby World Cup game between England and Australia, 2015 [3:52 minutes]
Cricket - Highlights of England vs New Zealand match at Edgbaston, 2015 [1.54 minutes]
BaseballHighlights of World Baseball Competition Game between Japan and Mexico [4:33 minutes]
Soccer (football) Highlights of soccer game between Mexico and the United States of America [7:06 minutes]
United Arab Emirates
Soccer Highlights of soccer game between the United Arab Emirates and Australia [1:12 minutes]
Camel racingHighlights of camel racing in Abu Dhabi [4:32 minutes]
South Africa
CricketHighlights of semi-final game in World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand [3:20 minutes]
RugbyHighlights of 2016 Rugby Championship game between Australia and South Africa [4:48 minutes]
Sumo wrestling Sumo wrestling competition in Fukuoka, Japan [6:54 minutes]
Baseball - Highlights of World Baseball Competition Game between Japan and Mexico [4:33 minutes]
Aussie rules football Grand final game (2015) between Hawthorn and the West Coast Eagles [8:36 minutes]
Rugby league Rugby league test between Australia and New Zealand [1:48:26 minutes]
Now that you know a bit more about the sports that are popular overseas, it is time to think about what is popular in New Zealand. For today, your challenge is to…
Activity 1
Take a picture of yourself participating in a popular New Zealand sport. On your blog tell us the name of the sport and why you have chosen it.
This sport is Netball and I have chosen it because I think it is a really energetic sport and you can also run around and have fun at the same time.
Activity 2
Write a short paragraph describing your sporting hero. Who is he/she? Why are they your favourite sportsman?
My sporting hero is Valerie Adams because she is a very competitive person and she is a role model to never give up but keep trying.
Bonus Activity
According to the Love New Zealand website, the most popular sports in New Zealand are rugby union, rugby league, netball, soccer and cricket. In your opinion, which of these sports is the best one? On your blog tell us which sport you think is the best. Be sure to tell us why. Give us as many reasons as you can!
The sport I think is the best is Rugby because it is a very known sport in New Zealand and while playing you can also have fun. I also think it is the best sport because you can get a lot of exercise and play with your family and friends.


  1. Hi Mikaela,

    I love the photo of you playing netball! Wonderful! You look like a very happy athlete!

    And I agree with your choice of Valerie Adams as an inspiring competitor as she is both talented and hard-working. It's incredibly difficult to achieve international standing in a sport - she has accomplished a great deal by being selected to represent New Zealand at the Olympics. It was wonderful to watch her compete in Rio, wasn't it?!

    You've commented that you like rugby. Do you and your family play rugby in your local park as a fun activity?

    I think that rugby players are very brave as it can be quite a rough sport. But it does give everyone a chance to get lots of running in and lots of good exercise, for sure!!

    I hope you're enjoying a beautiful day in Auckland! Great blogging!


  2. Hi Mikaela,

    I loved the picture that you posted of yourself playing netball. I love to play netball as well! It's a great sport. Although my partner, Andy, and my stepson, Billy, recently both injured themselves playing netball and have to wear casts. Andy ruptured a tendon in his knee and Billy broke his leg. Yikes! They will have to be a bit more careful the next time they step onto the court.

    Have you ever experienced an injury playing netball? I hope not!

    Rachel :)