Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Interview with Valerie Adams

For one of our tasks this week, we had to choose a style of reading used to write about shot put. I chose an interview. I pictured me having an interview with Valerie Adams and here it is. This is for kids that don't know much about Valerie and her career.

Jonita: Today with me I have the AMAZING two time gold medalist, Olympic Champion, New Zealand’s FAVOURITE athlete, Valerie Adams!

Valerie: Thank-you, thank-you

We appreciate you taking the time to talk to us!

Ahaha.. Anytime

So, how does it feel to AGAIN, win your gold medal  in the Olympic games this year?

Well, I feel GREAT! But I sure would have loved to hear the NZ National Anthem and see our flag get risen onto flag pole. It was really sad that Nadzeya Ostapchuk robbed that from me. She’s stole a moment that I can never get back.

Of course, we are all still really proud of you. We knew that you were going to get your gold from your smashing world  record at the shot put Diamond League in Europe last year. Plus it’s good that you’re living and training in Switzerland right?

Yes. But I’d like to thank my coach Jean-Pierre for my achievement. He was a really good replacement from my old trainer.

Yes! We are all absolutely shocked that your Belarusian opponent Nadzeya Ostapchuk was cheating in the Olympics.... I reckon IOC should have found out sooner though

I know right. I thought that she was a clean athlete, but some things aren’t as they seem are they ?

True that. So your brother, Steven Adams, the basketballer. Tell us about him

Sure! He’s currently studying at the University of Pittsburgh which is awesome. He’s 19 and he has done so much already!

Ahaha.. You obviously show A LOT of support for your brother!

Yes. We are really close. I’m also proud of him a lot though. We have supported each other throughout our careers too.

Really? That’s good. WAY better than the relationship that me and my brothers have with each other. Just kidding!

Wow! (Chuckling)  You're really funny. I’m sorry Jonita, I’d love to stay and chat with you a little bit longer, but I have to go and train some more with JP

Ahaha... That’s fine. Thanks for coming though. We really appreciate it. A LOT. This has been Jonita, interviewing the world champion, Valerie Adams. Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks to New Zealand's Woman's Weekly for this photo!

I have assessed this piece of writing. The score I gave it was a 14 out of 18. I hope you agree or give me a better score.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Go for Gold - Modern Pentathlon

For Go for Gold, our task this term was to make an animation based on an Olympic sport that Ms Garden gave us. My sport was the Modern Pentathlon. I hope you like my animation!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Very Own Olympic Medal

For our Extension task, we had to design our own olympic medal, as if the 2016 olympics going to be help in New Zealand. Here is my design and I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Foster the People

Foster the People is one of the new talented bands of the 21st century which contains the members of Mark Foster, Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink. Their hit singles Pumped Up Kicks, Houdini and Helena Beat made them a world favourite fast in just a few weeks.

Their genre of music is indie-pop and the year that the band was formed was in 2009. Mark Foster is the main person of the group, and has an AMAZING voice that inspires me ALOT!! The founder of Foster the People was born on 1984. Before the group started, Mark was struggling through his music career. Luckily, the band was formed and his career started to become a breeze.

Winning song of the year, Pumped Up Kicks won a WEQX award in 2011. Also winning a SharkOne award, Foster the People received it for New Artist of the Year. As a new favourite, Pumped Up Kicks also won ANOTHER award this year for Best Rock Song.

Houdini was also a favourite, with a nominee for Best Video of the Year. I haven’t seen the video yet, but I’m sure it’s just as good as the song. It definitely has the sound of indie-pop in it.

FTP is DEFINITELY one of my favourite bands, and will always be. I think that they have a style that no one else does!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


The Swimming Medley Relay

Have you ever heard of an Olympic swimming event with FOUR different techniques in this order: Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle? Well, there is an event called..... The medley swimming relay.

In the medley relay, four competitors in turn must swim 2 laps using 4 different strokes. The strokes must be in this order backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. There are strict rules in this event, and if you break them, immediate disqualification will be received.

The clothes that are used in this sport must be the most, lightest and tightest spandex togs. It is used is the Aquatic Centre, with a 50m pool in of course, London. Athletes also need goggles to protect their eyes from the stinging chlorine.

Talents and skills needed for this sport are strength, stamina and agility. For training, some athletes swim 2-3 km a day. They train very hard in order to be an AMAZING athlete for this event. Dedication and perseverance will definitely get you a gold medal for your country.

I think that this event is a challenging and exciting event that is worth watching. Be sure to watch it!