Scown visits school

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Warm welcome . . . Olympic rower Rebecca Scown visited Opihi College recently. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

STAFF REPORTER

Sporting and success stories were the theme of the day when New Zealand Olympian Rebecca Scown visited Opihi College recently.

The Olympic rower visited the Temuka school last week and talked about her story of getting to the Olympics, as well as encouraging the young pupils to take on several positive messages.

Olympic event . . . Opihi College pupils Riley Cornelius (left) and Shian Coskerie (both 11) hold the medals won by Olympic rower Rebecca Scown (centre) during her visit to the school. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

She spoke about participation, resilience, balancing sport, academia and life, being brave and trying new things, as well as playing by the Olympic values of friendship, respect, and excellence.

The Hawera-born rower joined with Juliette Haigh to win a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

She has also been part of the New Zealand women’s eight since 2015, when it won a silver medal at the 2015 world championships.

The crew became the first New Zealand women’s eight to qualify for the Olympic Games – and later placed fourth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Scown and Genevieve Behrent secured a silver medal in the pairs at Rio.