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Turangawaewae Football Competition

Part of the Play.sport Activator’s role is to provide more opportunities for Special Olympic athletes by giving them occasions to enjoy being physically active.

Rutherford College has been working closely with Henderson High school to deliver a 4 week football competition for these students.

This week Rutherford hosted their first home game and following an intense warm up with Coach Greg Chalmers, the Turangawaewae team took to the court ready for the game to begin.

Plenty of action followed with Diamond Tasi showing great reflex skills and reacting quickly to save numerous goals. Their opponents had to face the powerful kick of Shalveen Dutt, sending the ball up the court on numerous occasions. Max Nyenkamp and Marco Van der Ross showed their ball weaving skills, negotiating through the opposition while Lyriq Reddy-Paniora and Jasmine Lone proved to be ever ready to support their team’s progressing players and challenging on defense.

Being around these athletes creates such a unique feeling of involvement and they in turn loved and responded to the cheers of Sports Committee members.

The enjoyment and sheer joy this game created for the players was especially rewarding not only for them but by all who watched their impressive display.

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