Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Summer Learning Journey-Day 11-Week 3

Day 11 – He Shoots, She Scores!
After a full week of sightseeing in your new country you are given tickets to attend a local sporting event. Check out the links below to see videos of athletes playing two of the most popular sports in each country.
Ice hockey - Olympic Gold Medal Game in 2002 between Canada and the United States of America [3:04 minutes]
Canadian football - Grey Cup (Championship) Game 2013 [8:52 minutes]
Soccer (football) - Highlights of game between Chile and England – 2013 [4:47 minutes]
Chilean rodeo - Example of a traditional Chilean rodeo [2:43 minutes]
Soccer (football) - Highlights of German women’s football team vs. the United States of America [2:22 minutes]
Motor sport - Footage of German Formula 1 driver, Michael Schumacher’s, the world’s most famous motor sport driver
Field hockey - Footage from Men’s Junior World Cup Game – Malaysia vs South Africa [2:31 minutes]
Badminton - Footage of Lee Chong Wei – the most famous badminton player in Malaysia [18:04 minutes]
United Kingdom
Rugby union - Highlights of Rugby World Cup game between England and Australia, 2015 [3:52 minutes]
Cricket - Highlights of England vs New Zealand match at Edgbaston, 2015 [1.54 minutes]
BaseballHighlights of World Baseball Competition Game between Japan and Mexico [4:33 minutes]
Soccer (football) Highlights of soccer game between Mexico and the United States of America [7:06 minutes]
United Arab Emirates
Soccer Highlights of soccer game between the United Arab Emirates and Australia [1:12 minutes]
Camel racingHighlights of camel racing in Abu Dhabi [4:32 minutes]
South Africa
CricketHighlights of semi-final game in World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand [3:20 minutes]
RugbyHighlights of 2016 Rugby Championship game between Australia and South Africa [4:48 minutes]
Sumo wrestling Sumo wrestling competition in Fukuoka, Japan [6:54 minutes]
Baseball - Highlights of World Baseball Competition Game between Japan and Mexico [4:33 minutes]
Aussie rules football Grand final game (2015) between Hawthorn and the West Coast Eagles [8:36 minutes]
Rugby league Rugby league test between Australia and New Zealand [1:48:26 minutes]
Now that you know a bit more about the sports that are popular overseas, it is time to think about what is popular in New Zealand. For today, your challenge is to…

Activity 1
Take a picture of yourself participating in a popular New Zealand sport. On your blog tell us the name of the sport and why you have chosen it.
This photo is from last year, with room 7 of me and other students playing snag golf. I chose this sport because I thought that snag golf is nearly identical to actual golf.

Activity 2
Write a short paragraph describing your sporting hero. Who is he/she? Why are they your favourite sportsman?
My favourite sportsman is the one and only, NBA player, Stephen Curry. He’s my favourite sportsman because he’s very inspiring. Though he is not as tall as the other basketball players, he proves in every game that size is just a number. Short or tall it doesn’t matter. It’s the stamina, courage and agility you have when you play the sport. He’s a very exquisite basket player and one of the most famous.
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Bonus Activity
According to the Love New Zealand website, the most popular sports in New Zealand are rugby union, rugby league, netball, soccer and cricket. In your opinion, which of these sports is the best one? On your blog tell us which sport you think is the best. Be sure to tell us why. Give us as many reasons as you can!

I would say Rugby union. Rugby union is a well known sport in NZ and if you don’t know, our New Zealand rugby union team is the best in the world. A majority of the children and adults in NZ play rugby. Our NZ haka is now famous around the world too. American sport teams imitating our haka in a good way I guess. Also because watching rugby is very interesting, the competitive vibe travels through the room, causing shouts and cheering towards the t.v.


Von said...

Hello there Luisa,

I'm a year 7 student from S.P.X and my name is Von. Wow! I like Basketball too! That's awesome that you chose Stephen Curry as your sport hero.

Great work and I hope you continue to Blog:)

Danni Stone said...

Hi Luisa,

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on Rugby; they are very insightful. I agree, it is something that we are famous for and means that people living in other countries learn more about us and our culture.

Mark Barlow said...

Hi Luisa,

In a way imitation is a form a flattery indeed. Like when my friend buys the same games I do because he likes them. Or when I borrow my brothers shoes because they are cool.

I guess as long as the Americans are using the haka the right way, with Māori permission, then it is okay. But I am not sure if they have done that at all, so it is controversial with lots of people upset about it. A few years ago a Korean boy band did something similar.

It is interesting to see peoples reactions. I love our All Blacks Haka because it is strong and although there is some show to it, it feels real, and is used with mana and pride. It is used to scare the other team.

Those are my thoughts anyway. You are really writing some interesting blogs lately!

Have you ever been to a game with a haka performed? Or seen a haka live?


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