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Christchurch schools on schedule for foundation visit

Ten schools are on the agenda when the Warriors Community Foundation takes its wellbeing programme Prepare to Perform-Whakarite Ki Te Mahi to Christchurch ahead of the One New Zealand Warriors’ Preseason Challenge clash against Melbourne at Orangetheory Stadium on Sunday.

Two Rugby League World Cup representatives – Cook Islands international Anthony Gelling and Kiwi Ferns forward Charlotte Scanlan – join 2023 One New Zealand Warriors squad member Valingi Kepu for a concerted campaign which will see them connect with hundreds or school pupils.

Joining them is Sanele Aukusitino, who’s in the club’s New South Wales Cup squad this season; he debuted for the One New Zealand Warriors in their 48-12 NRL trial win over Wests Tigers last week.

Split into two teams, the Warriors Community Foundation will be at St Thomas of Canterbury School and Hillmorton High School from 9.30am tomorrow.

Then from 1.00pm they’ll visit Te Waka Unua School and Rāwhiti School before making a total of six school visits on Friday.

These will be Rolleston School and Linwood Avenue School from 9.30am, Prebbleton School and Casebrook Intermediate School from 11.00am and Rowley School and Haeata Community Campus from 1.30pm.

“We’re excited to take Prepare to Perform-Whakarite Ki Te Mahi around the country and even more so to the South Island,” said Warriors Community Foundation CEO Lincoln Jefferson.

“It’s our chance to reconnect with communities after having our programmes so heavily compromised by Covid’s impact. We just want to be able to put some smiles on faces and give kids a bit of fun and teach them the importance of hydration, nutrition and sleep”.

Drawing from the experiences of high-performance athletes, sleep, hydration and nutrition form the cornerstone of everyday wellbeing. The programme is designed to help developing minds and bodies perform at their best, creating skills and wellbeing techniques that last a lifetime.

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