Gold medallist hailed by video haka

Last updated 12:15 31/07/2014
Christchurch Boys' High mass haka
Iain McGregor

STIRRING TRIBUTE: A mass haka was beamed to Anton Cooper via videolink.

Christchurch Boys' High mass haka
Iain McGregor
GOLD MEDALLIST: Anton Cooper watched the haka via videolink.

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It's not every day a couple of hundred people perform a haka in your honour - especially not via videolink - but Anton Cooper's days are far from ordinary at the moment. 

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist was congratulated by his old school, Christchurch Boys' High School, during school assembly this morning.

The 19-year-old attended Woodend School before spending Years 9 to 13 at Boys' High. 

Pupils and teachers sang the school song for Cooper before the headmaster spoke to him about his experience in Glasgow. 

Cooper told the assembly that he was a Cantabrian through and through and loved the fact that he grew up in Woodend and trained in Christchurch's Port Hills. 

Gary McNaughton, Year 12 dean and the teacher in charge of cycling at Boys' High, told The Press this week that Cooper was ''hardworking and humble''.

He had been a mentor for other keen cyclists at the school and had even been known to ''pull boys aside and have a chat to them about where they wanted to go with their cycling''.

''And some of them have gone on to represent New Zealand teams.''

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