Kiwi golden girl inspires pupils
' I'd do cycling, just like Sarah'EMMA BEER
It was a pretty special day for the children at Victory School when they got to meet Olympic medal winner Sarah Ulmer.
Ms Ulmer, New Zealand's first Olympic cycling gold medallist, visited as part of the ANZ Olympic bus tour which is travelling around the country.
"It's great to get the kids a bit more aware about the Olympics," she said.
It was good to teach them about sport and the importance of training and keeping at it, she said.
A group of students also got to go inside the double decker bus that is on the tour.
Carlina Tui, 10, said it was awesome that Ms Ulmer had come to their school.
"I was a little bit nervous, but it's pretty exciting.
"I wish I could join [the Olympics]. I'd do cycling, just like Sarah."
Carlina said she was quite into sports, including cycling.
"I play basketball and volleyball, and I used to play soccer."
She rode her bike to school and "sometimes with my aunty down to the park, I race my brother".
The double decker bus is equipped with a rowing machine and bicycle downstairs where the children were able to compete against Olympians on a screen.
Upstairs are 12 iPads which are set up with information about the games and let children take photos of themselves and send them with a message of support to the Olympic team.
Daniel Hall, 10, said riding the bike had been fun. "It was really hard though."
Teacher Lisa Ward said it had been great for the children to see Ms Ulmer, who was a positive role model.
"I'm sure there will be lots more bikes ridden to school tomorrow."
Robbie Murdoch owns the bus, which was built in about 1950 in London.
It had somewhat of a colourful history, he said, being bought by group of five young men who used it to travel around Europe.
It was first brought over to New Zealand in 1973 and was here for the 1974 Commonwealth Games before going back overseas for many years.
Mr Murdoch, who lives on Waiheke Island and owns 10 buses, said he bought the double decker two or three years ago.
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