Good sports have a go

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013
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GETTING ACTIVE: Martin Guptill demonstrates his cricket skills at the ActivePost Family Fun Day.

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MAKING WAVES: Thousands of children tried new sports using AUT Millennium Athlete Development Academy’s high performance equipment.

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Thousands of Auckland kids spent Sunday afternoon trying their hand at sports with some of New Zealand's top athletes.

The event, ActivePost's Family Fun Day, was held at AUT Millennium at Mairangi Bay.

A wide range of sports were on offer, including cricket, hockey, tennis, swimming, athletics, weightlifting, swimming and waka ama.

Kids also got the chance to test how fast they can run or how high they can jump using AUT Millennium Athlete Development Academy's high performance equipment.

The open day was a resounding success, ActivePost spokeswoman Nicola Airey says.

"It's been quite phenomenal really. The kids really threw themselves into the sports activities on offer and the parents had just as much fun too."

The idea behind the ActivePost Family Fun Day is to give as many kids as possible the chance to try out any sport they like and see just how much fun sports can be.

"With more than 10,000 people turning up throughout the day, we're thrilled with the response from Auckland families," Ms Airey says.

The fun day is one of Auckland's largest showcases of sports.

Kids also got the chance to pit their skills against some iconic sports names by hitting BlackCap Bruce Martin or White Ferns captain Suzie Bates for six, bowling Kane Williamson around his legs, or scoring a goal against Black Sticks women's goalkeeper Bianca Russell.

The chance to paddle in a waka ama canoe indoors at the AUT Millennium pool was a particularly popular option with kids.

AUT Millennium's chief executive officer Mike Stanley was impressed with the turnout.

"It was great to see so many mums and dads taking the opportunity to have a look at what goes on at AUT Millennium and for their children to try out a wide range of sports and physical activities and meet some of their sporting heroes," he says.

"I am sure it will help inspire the next generation of champions and underline the importance of living fit and active lives."

Launched in mid-2011, ActivePost is a New Zealand Post initiative to support grassroots participation in sports and recreation and give all Kiwis the opportunity to have a go.

Each year, more than 100,000 Kiwi kids are participating in ActivePost sports initiatives.

Visit activepost.co.nz for information.

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