Thursday, 11 January 2018

Week 4 : Day 2 : Activities 1, 2 + Bonus Activity

Day 2: A Decade of Sport
Activity 1: Chasing Great
Over the past 17 years New Zealand has experienced
a number of sporting highlights, perhaps none larger
than the back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories in
2011 and 2015. In both competitions our national rugby
team, the All Blacks, was captained by a man named
Richie McCaw. He is arguably one of the best rugby
players of all time. A movie called Chasing Great was
recently created to document his incredible rugby career.
Please watch the trailer for Chasing Great and read
about Richie McCaw online.
On your blog tell us three things that you learned about
Richie that you did not know beforehand. What else
would you like to know about Richie?

Richie McCaw:
> Richie McCaw has been recognised as the World’s
best openside flanker.
> Richie was named the All Blacks Captain for the first
time as it was for the Test against Wales during 2004 at
the age of 23.
> He also had a movie documented 1 year ago called
Chasing Great about his journey.

Activity 2: Sporting Heroes
In 2015, a kiwi golfer named Lydia Ko became the
youngest woman in the world to reach the #1 ranking.  
She was only 17 years old. Many people from here in
New Zealand and overseas really admire her and think
of her as a modern-day sporting hero. Who is your
sporting hero? They can be a famous athlete, or even
a member of your family or community. It’s completely
up to you.

On your blog tell us about your sporting hero. Who are
they? Why are they a hero? Include a photo of them in
your blog post.

My sporting hero is Lisa Carrington. She is an incredible
rower, and last year she was awarded the prestigious
Lonsdale Cup for her amazing results in 2016! She spends
hours training, and I think her commitment to her sport is

My Sporting Hero:
My Sporting Hero is Valerie Adams, she is a New Zealand
Shot-putter. She is my hero because she shows her strength
and commitment to what she does by training continuously
and successfully winning awards in the end.

Bonus Activity: Shake it Off
In recent years, many New Zealanders have embraced a
new form of exercise called Zumba©. It was developed by
a man named Alberto Perez who lives in the country of
Columbia. He created Zumba by bringing together many
different dance styles including: cumbia, mambo, hip-hop,
The Merengue
The Tango

Choose one of the dance styles mentioned above and click
on the name to read more about it.
Once you are done, post three interesting facts about the
dance style on your blog. In which country did it originate?
Who originally created it?  

The Mambo:
> The Mambo dance was originated in Cuba.
> It was composed by Arsenio Rodríguez but made popular
by Dámaso Pérez Prado and Benny Moré.
> This dance is also includes hip movements, spinning and
hand eye coordination.



  1. Hi Mikaela,

    I am from Glenbrae school and my name is Davarni.
    I came across your blog and saw that you are apart of the Summer learning journey, just like me!

    Great job on today's activities. I like your reasons for Valerie Adams being your sporting hero, I also think she's a great athelete.

    Keep up the good work

  2. Kia Ora Mikaela,

    Excellent work as always. In regards to your sporting hero, it's always great to see one of our sporting stars on the world stage and showing us the result of their tireless training and preparation. Did you know that last year, for the New Years Honours, Valerie Adams was named a Dame Companion? Now she's known as Dame Valerie Adams! What an honour!

    Keep up the great work as always!

  3. Hey there Mikaela, thanks for sharing three interesting facts about Richie McCaw. It's crazy how he was only 23 years old when he became the captain of the All Blacks. That is very young!

    Have you seen his movie that he made? I haven't but I have heard good things.

    Since he has retired he has become a pilot. I think that's pretty cool and an awesome way to retire. I would love to fly helicopters one day, you could see such beautiful sights.

    Thanks, Billy