League legend Tony Kemp dropped in to Waitara High School yesterday to inspire the kids whose parents he grew up with.
The former Warriors coach was joined by New Zealand director for high performance sports management company Esportif International Bruce Sharrock and former Taranaki Daily News intern Tania Niwa,
who is now a photographer based in Sydney.
The day's message was clear - hard work and success went hand in hand.
Sharrock told the pupils the only place success came before working hard was in the dictionary.
"To be good at anything, you must work hard for it. Nothing in this world is easy," he said.
"Lift your game, challenge yourself. If you sit back and wait for things to happen, you'll be let down."
Niwa said the trio was passionate about helping pupils realise their potential.
"It's really worthwhile for you to follow your dreams," she said.
Jarn Hauraki, 15, said Kemp was his idol.
"He's done everything. Set his goals and made them come true."
Fellow classmate Tre Te Wake, 15, said he wished he was able to do "half the things" Kemp had done. "He's motivated me to set better goals and achieve them."
The pair said having him back in Waitara was special because he had grown up with their families.
- Taranaki Daily News
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