Saturday, 29 March 2014

Simon van Velthooven

On Friday, we were very lucky to have Simon van Velthooven visit to speak to us about his time at the Olympic Games.  We were inspired!  I wonder if any of us could make it?!  We were interested to hear him speak about 'Comradery.'  This links very well with our term's value - kotahitanga.

At the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Simon won the bronze medal in the men's 1 kilometre time trial. He also won a bronze medal in the Men's Keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics jointly with Teun Mulder after the race officials were unable to separate the two in a photo finish for third place.

Here are Emma and Iggy with Simon's Olympic Bronze medal!


  1. Wow that was a great exsperence I learnt that team work is really important.
    Ben : )

  2. I think that his words spoke to me and inspired me. I will always try my hardest in anything. How did he inspire you? If you could enter the Olympics for a sport what sport would it be? If I could enter a sport in the Olympics it would be flipper-ball because not all the presure is on you and it's really fun!

  3. Wow pajama day was a very fun day It was a very fun experience. Maraki : )

  4. Looks like everyone enjoyed I know I did. It was a great experience I will never forget.