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Heather Skipworth, free public talk at William Colenso College

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23 hours ago, Wed 11 Sep 2019, 07:00 pm


21 hours ago, Wed 11 Sep 2019, 09:00 pm


William Colenso College
Arnold Street


Free Entry Event,



A woman who has inspired many thousands of people to get more out of life, Ironmaori founder Heather Skipworth, is giving a free public talk at William Colenso College in Napier on September 11 at 7pm.

“It's a great opportunity to learn how to motivate yourself and others from a down to earth expert,” says Colenso parents' association member Neill Gordon.

“Whether it's a fitness goal, a personal mission, or just dealing with the everyday challenges of life, this free talk will provide real-life stories of success and a truckload of inspiration,” Neill says.

“And there's free coffee and cake too.”

Heather says her talk will range from her “Once Were Warriors upbringing” in Pakipaki to discovering the joy of helping people improve their lives by setting a goal and going for it.

Since the first Ironmaori triathlon in 2009, about 50,000 competitors have lined up at Ironmaori events in Hawke's Bay and around New Zealand.

Although Heather had played rugby, touch and rugby league for Hawke's Bay and made the New Zealand Maori rugby league team, her feeling of achievement on completing her first Ironman event (4km swim, 180km bike, 42km run) was life-changing.

“A few people doubted I could do it but I set a goal, I achieved it. I was on top of the world and thought 'nothing is going to stop me in life'. It set the tone for the rest of my life: that I could do anything.”


Pictured welcoming Heather Skipworth to William Colenso College are year 9 students, from left, Jade Haterine, Amber Thomas, Kaisha-Dale Ropitini and Amber Green.

Details: Wednesday September 11, 7pm–8:30pm at the William Colenso College hall, 21 Arnold St, Napier. Tickets are free but for catering purposes please phone 06 8310180 to reserve your place.

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