Warm welcome for medal winner

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 08:56 21/08/2014
Jo Edwards
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WELCOME HOME: Nelson Intermediate School students perform a haka for Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jo Edwards and her husband Dave.

Jo Edwards
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SHOW AND TELL: Jo Edwards gives some Nelson Intermediate students a glimpse of her Commonwealth Games gold medal.

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Nelson gold-medallist bowler Jo Edwards was welcomed back to her old school with an "awesome" haka. Wearing her gold medal, she told the students she was "proud" to be from Nelson Intermediate.

Edwards won her gold at last month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, in the champion women's singles lawn bowls.

Edwards visited Nelson Intermediate yesterday, where she was a student in 1982, with her gold medal and her coach/husband Dave Edwards.

Dave Edwards had also attended the school, but before Jo had.

The powerful haka performed by the whole school was lead by Tevita Tangataevaha, 13 and Rakaia Horne, 13.

Dave Edwards said it was "an awesome welcome" and brought a tear to his eye. He said the haka was a big part of the Commonwealth Games for its New Zealand teams.

He said he was "very proud" of Jo, as both her coach and husband.

"She hasn't achieved what she has achieved without hard work," he told the students.

He encouraged the students to "put in the hard yards" at school and to also consider taking up lawn bowls.

"Give bowls some thought, you can travel and see the world," he said.

Jo Edwards told the school she was "very proud" to come from Nelson, and used to live up the Brook Valley when she was at Nelson Intermediate. She said she had "heaps" of emotions when she won gold, but pride was the biggest emotion.

She waited around after the haka and was surrounded by the students who took selfies with her and her medal.

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- The Nelson Mail

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