Friday, 29 December 2017

Leilani Holiday Blogging - Summer Learning Journey - Week 4 , Day 2 - Decade Of Sport !

Summer Learning Journey 


Week 4 , day 2 - 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?


My Three Things I have learnt about Richie McCaw :

1 , While watching the trailer. Richie was a little kid he always watched rugby. Rugby was his dream and he has got his dream. Watching the rest of the trailer Richie always trained , always put in time for his dream and always put more effort everyday and time he plays. So I am saying that Richie McCaw is a very hard playing person. He always try's his so he doesn't let his team down. Richie McCaw got chosen to be team captain because how much effort he puts in everyday and time for when he practice's and play.

2 , Richie McCaw was named as the All Blacks captain for the first time for the Test against Wales in 2004 aged 23.

3 , Richie McCaw was born in 31/12/1980


Activity 2 - Sporting Hero's

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 inspiring.



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, soca, samba, salsa, tango, merengue and mambo.

            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?  


My dance I chose :

The Salsa

The Salsa is created with my different styles and musical techniques. All of these came of Cuba. The land to many different Latin dances and music styles. I've heard and seen these dances on many different shows and programs. Even thought the modern Salsa comes for Cuba there are still many different lands and parts of history. Cuban Son created the Salsa.



  1. Hey there Leilani, thanks for sharing three interesting facts about Richie McCaw. I loved how you went into great detail, especially in the second fact. It was good to read about how dedicated he was with his training. It sounds as though he really deserved to be captain.

    Have you seen the movie he is in? I think it's called Chasing Great.

    I like how humble he is. He is a good role model for young New Zealanders.

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Kia Ora Billy ,

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my Summer Learning Journey Activity.

    I have never seen his movie but is sounds very interesting. I think one day when I am bored I need to watch the movie.

    Leilani :)

    1. Yeah I haven't seen it either, I wonder if it's any good?

      What movies have you watched lately? What's your all time favourite movie?

      Do you like super hero movies?

      Thanks, Billy

    2. Hey Billy ,

      That movies that I have watched lately is fun kids movie. Because I have been to my cousin.

      I love super hero movies because they are so interesting.

      Leilani :)