Up close with the Olympics

01:05, Aug 10 2012
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QUIZ MATES: Hunterville School’s Rhys Watson, 12, and Jake Carlyon, 11 at Samsung’s Olympic Truck at Marton School last week.

Grace Godfrey has been enjoying late nights and early mornings watching her Olympic heroes in London.

The 11-year-old Hunterville School pupil was one of hundreds who went through the Samsung Olympic Experience Truck when it stopped off at Marton School last Wednesday.

"It's really cool and it's interesting and it's really inspirational," she said.

"To see that they were just ordinary Kiwis."

Grace said her favourite moment so far was when the women's hockey team beat South Africa. She said she was looking forward to watching Mahe Drysdale in the rowing.

A hockey player herself, Grace said she would like to represent New Zealand at the games in the future.

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Samsung truck manager Helen Fullerston said the aim was to bring the Olympics closer to communities.

"The love it, they all gasp when they come in," she said. "They all know how to use it [the technology], they're that generation."

The truck was kitted out with television screens, smart phones and tablets which the children used to find information for an Olympics-related quiz, among other interactive material.

Peter Snell's running shoes were also on display along with replica medals.

Schools from the Southern Rangitikei cluster had the chance come to the truck before it was opened to the public in the late afternoon.

The truck was bought to the region with Sport Wanganui.

Manawatu Standard