ATC’s Students & Staff tackle the Vodafone Warriors
ATC’s Students & Staff tackle the Vodafone Warriors

On March 11th, over 80 NZSEG ATC students and staff from the Manukau, Avondale and Hamilton campuses recently spent the day being like a Vodafone Warrior, and it wasn’t easy!

Boot camp on steroids

The “game”’ kicked off with a boot-camp-on-steroids session led by the legendary Ruben Wiki, and NZ Warriors Community Coordinator as well as superstar Kiwi Fern, Georgia Hale, who volunteered their time to give ATC students an experience they will treasure forever.

Students and staff were put through their paces with a variety of activities, which demanded fitness, perseverance and discipline, but most of all — a positive attitude. Penalties were given to anyone with their hands on their hips, bending over tired or walking instead of running. It was gruelling, but certainly in step with ATC’s programmes focusing on the emotional strength and physical fitness required to enter the New Zealand Defence Forces.
It was great to see so many of the fitter students helping and encouraging others!

A game of two halves

After a 15-minute kai time, the second half of the ‘game’ started with students learning about recovery exercises and nutrition, but they manage to find some energy again for an exercise bike challenge against each other.

The final goal

We finally got to rest at a Q&A session with Ruben, followed by a prizegiving, awarding a student showing real leadership a free phone and stand out students Vodafone Warriors prize packs. Vodafone’s generosity was incredible!

To thank our hosts for all their time and effort, all 80 students performed the ATC haka.

ATC students – Warriors for a lifetime

Mavia Herewini, a student from our Hamilton campus, summed up everyone’s thoughts about the day perfectly, “I feel like I had changed heaps before starting my study at ATC, but today made me want to change even more. It really made me think about the mental strength to carry on when everything in your body is telling you to give up”.

ATC gives a big shout out to Ruben, Georgia, Vodafone and the Vodafone Warriors for making this day possible and uniting with us to help see our rangatahi succeed.