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Willing helpfulness makes a champ

SIMON CRAGGS
Last updated 05:00 27/03/2014
Aidan Campbell
NEW SKILLS: Aidan Campbell taking a taekwondo class at Mangatawhiri Primary in 2012.

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Aidan Campbell is a taekwondo expert. He reached the level of black belt at the age of 9 and last year he represented New Zealand at the World Championships in Spain for the under-18 category, despite being only 14.

I had the pleasure of teaching Aidan in 2012 when he was a student at our campus of Dilworth School.

During that time I was impressed by not only his amazing sporting achievements but his humility and mana. He is an outstanding young man.

While with us in 2012, he undertook a project to teach taekwondo to young students from the local Mangatawhiri Primary School. He did so with well-planned and interesting lessons which exposed the children to a whole new range of skills. They loved it and at the end, he even made a trophy, which he presented to the top student in the class.

It was this willingness to help others and to share his enthusiasm for taekwondo that stood out for me, rather than his considerable skill. He displayed a maturity well beyond his 13 years.

Aidan continues to pursue his chosen sport and I have no doubt that he will be a champion of the future, not just in sport.


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