On 07/04/18 Timo Tagaloa came and visited our school and told us about his life. He is a former All Black. Timo was born on October 17, 1964 in West Auckland. He first played for the All Blacks when he was 19, he had to train instead of playing with his friends. His dad passed away when he was 22. He was inspired by Michael Jones, a fellow All Black, and was good friends with him in primary school. He has played for 5 teams including Argentina, Samoa, Wales, New Zealand and more. He believes in positivity and sportsmanship, he believes that’s what made him a legend. He went to university in Alberta. He is 6 foot 5 inches and is also very good at basketball. He has made his country proud and is an amazing player. His number was 11 which is his lucky number. Timo got to go to 40 different countries doing what he loves. He is still playing rugby today but he is a coach as well
While he was here, Timo taught children who were keen rugby players how to improve their skills. He showed us a video of some of games he played, it was very exciting. He also answered all of our questions.
He said his sense of identity made him one of the greats, so he told the children what identity means. Some of the meanings for identity are family, personality, actions, emotions and respect. He also taught us about a special word that we need to remember: PURPOSE. Each letter stands for a word.
P – Passion (finding something in life which really excites you)
U – Unselfish (help others to reach their goals too and make sure you never put somebody else down)
R – Risk (be prepared to take sensible risks and try something new)
P – Persevere (don’t listen to those who say you can’t and never give up)
O – Outcome (train hard, be prepared to make sacrifices in order to reach your goals)
S – Setbacks (everyone faces setbacks so be prepared to adapt and don’t give up)
E – Experience (enjoy new experiences, learn from them and open yourself up to new opportunities)
Timo told us he likes rugby because he loves smashing into people and getting paid.
Thank you Timo you were great!