Olympic fever hit Takapau School last month when Olympic ambassador Emily Gaddum (nee Naylor) dropped in for a visit.

The three-time Olympian, who did not travel to Rio this year due to pregnancy, was there to give the students a first-hand account of what it is like to compete in the Games via her past experiences in the New Zealand Black Sticks hockey team.

With more than 270 caps to her name, Emily is respected by her teammates and displays a determination which saw her awarded New Zealand Player of the Year in 2004.

Takapau School children represent the different nations at their Olympic Day.
Takapau School children represent the different nations at their Olympic Day.

On the day, she brought along her world championship silver and bronze medals to show the children.

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Her message about working hard, being determined and never giving up, did not fall on deaf ears as the following day saw the whole school involved in their own Olympic Day, which was run by the leaders of the school.