Jammin’ with Steven Adams; off Loading Sonny Bill Williams; & Steppin’ with Benji Marshall by David Riley
Jammin’ with Steven Adams; off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams; & Steppin’ with Benji Marshall by David Riley. http://readingwarrior.com
These three tittles are for reluctant boy readers who are into sport and need to read for their own good. Steven Adams, Sonny Bill Williams and Benji Marshall are three admirable role models for boys and their stories from boyhood to superstars are mapped out in these books in short information bites with photographs, facts, aspirations, hopes and achievements of all three. All three are of Polynesian origin and the value of their cultural roots is stressed by all of them. They are easy to read, interesting and inspiring and would be a valuable asset and resource in any school library particularly at High school.
Raised in Rotorua from a Tongan mother and 7 foot English father he had a hard childhood and was fortunate to be taken by his half brother Warren to wellington to be educated at Scots College and set his goal of becoming an NBL basketballer.
His Tongan culture was valuable to him and he quickly realised that education and reading were more important than basketball. At 2.13 metres tall and a hand size bigger than Shaquille O’Neill, Steven’s progress from schoolboy player to Saints, Pittsburgh University and NBL draft top 12 and so to Oklahoma City Thunder is a thrilling story.
While injured in his early days with the Bulldogs Sonny Bill asked what he was to do and given the job of scrubbing all the bird poo from Bulldogs stadium seats. It made him humble one of his greatest traits. His Samoan heritage is sacred to him and his respect for fellow players is to be admired
A man of impressive stature and strength he was the youngest forward for the Kiwis ever at 18years. A drink driving charge while at the Bulldogs changed him forever “my body feels better without alcohol”. A player who continually learns his skills as a player are second to none. The tattoo on his leg took 8 hours and the one on his arms 18 hours, and they hurt.
Not a big man like the above two men and more prone to injury. But he was tough, had a sidestep that left p[layers groping, a magnificent pass and the speed of a Gazelle. he won a World Cup with the kiwis and a Four nations Cup both times beating Australia against the odds. A genius at League.
In 2005 he wore the same undies in every game with stunning success, he played touch for Australia Secondary schools and puts his speed and fleet footedness down to dancing. At school he loved Maths and he too treasures his Maori heritage.
You will not get three better short books on such great New Zealand sportsman than these three.