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  • Charity Golf Day to Fund Water Safety Programme

    20/02/2017

    Alan Apted

    Some 1600 school children will be better equipped to handle rough waters thanks to a charity golf tournament.

    The annual fundraiser is a joint venture between the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and Honda New Zealand and will be ...

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    Harcourts Foundation Donation

    6/07/2016

    Harcourts Foundation

    Improving water safety skills and confidence is crucial for Kiwi kids – and they’re being given a huge boost by the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation.

    A donation from Harcourts New Zealand, through the Harcourts Foundation will go ...

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    New signwritten Honda HR-V S

    New Sponsored Vehicle from Honda New Zealand

    26/05/2016

    The Foundation is extremely privileged and grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from Honda New Zealand. This week Rick Pickard, General Manager received the keys from Lisa Campbell, Sponsorship Relationship Manager, Honda New Zealand to ...

  • Field of Dreams May 2016 Newsletter

    25/05/2016

    Field of Dreams

    Check out out what has been happening at the Foundation in our May newsletter

    click here ...

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    Young Athletes Get Funding Boost

    16/02/2016

    Auckland Council

    An Auckland Council Regional Sports and Recreation Grant of $208,000 has been awarded to the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams (FYFOD) Foundation, to support its general operations.

    “We are pleased to support FYFOD, which runs five programmes ...

  • Honda - Power of Dreams Breakfast

    14/08/2015

    Field of Dreams

    Wednesday 12th August 2015, saw over 500 people gather to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sir John Walker's world record breaking 3 m 49.4 sec for the mile run in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1975.

    Sir John was joined by many special guests ...

  • Throw For Gold Success at NI Sec School Comp

    30/03/2015

    Field of Dreams

    The Throw for Gold team out did themselves yet again at the North Island Secondary Schools Competition at Mt Smart (Auckland) in the weekend.

    The Team achieved the following results

    10 GOLD, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze and obtaining 2 records

    One of ...

  • Field of Dreams 5 km Fun Run

    25/03/2015

    Sunday 29th March at 10.30 am is the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation 5 km Fun Run. The event is being run as part of the 2015 Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland weekend.

    This new event for 2015 takes you on a ...

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    2014 Sealord Water Safety NZ Education Award

    Free Swim Programme Makes Big Splash

    28/11/2014

    Armin Lindenberg

    Community Swim, the flagship programme of the John Walker FIND YOUR FIELD OF DREAMS Foundation (FYFOD), has received national recognition by Water Safety New Zealand.

    Now in its sixth year the FREE swim progamme has been awarded the 2014 Sealord ...

  • What is Primary Sport

    8/09/2014

    The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation Primary Sport programme is delivered by the wonderful team of dedicated team leader and instructors from Counties Manukau Sport.

    They have put together for us a video overview of what the ...

  • Kiwi wins the Queen Street Golden Mile

    10/04/2014

    Andrew Dewhurst

    In form Hamish Carson and long distance runner Lydia O’Donnell win the Queen Street miles

    Hamish Carson, fresh from winning his fourth national 1500m title in Wellington last week, used his lethal finishing kick to good effect to win the Queen ...

  • Queen Street Golden Mile 2014

    9/04/2014

    FYFOD

    6th April 2014

    The weather gods pulled out a stunner of a day for Sunday’s Queen Street Golden Mile. Thousands of people lined Queen Street or crowded around Queens Wharf to get a glimpse of top elite athletes taking on the Queen Street Golden ...

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    Donation Presentation

    Thanks to Westfield Manukau and their customers

    19/02/2014

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    The John Walker 'Find Your Field of Dreams' Foundation would like to thank Westfield Manukau and their customers for the generous donation made to our Community Swim programme.

    The wonderful customers of Westfield kindly donated a gold coin to ...

  • Throw for Gold's First Commonwealth Games Athlete

    17/02/2014

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    Siositina (Tina) Hakeai one of the Throw for Gold Programme's inaugural athletes qualified on Saturday 8th February in Hamilton for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by throwing the discus 59.65m.

    Tina left the Throw for Gold program last ...

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    Murray Selby & Sir John Walker

    Honda now powering the Foundation's Dreams

    17/02/2014

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    The John Walker ‘Find Your Field of Dreams’ Foundation is excited to announce its new partnership with Honda New Zealand Limited. On Wednesday 12th February 2014 Murray Selby the General Manager of Honda, presented Sir John Walker with the keys to a ...

  • Our Throw for Gold team shines once again

    9/12/2013

    We would like to congratulate all the wonderful athletes in the Throw for Gold team who competed over the weekend in the National Secondary School Athletic Champs in Hamilton.

    The team achieved the fantastic result of: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 ...

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    Free Swim Programme Receives Big Boost

    2/12/2013

    Armin Lindenberg

    27 November 2013 - Community Swim, the flagship programme of the John Walker FIND YOUR FIELD OF DREAMS Foundation (FYFOD), received a big boost this week with a donation of $75,000 from the Potter Masonic Trust.

    Find Your Field of Dreams General ...

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    Free Swim Programme Marks its 500,000th Milestone

    26/09/2013

    Lindenberg & Partners

    An 8-year-old Aucklander was the recipient of the Community Swim programme’s 500,000th free swimming lesson today, as the flagship project of Sir John Walker’s Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation (FYFOD) marked a major milestone.

    Joining Sir ...

  • New direction planned for inconic Queen St event

    29/07/2013

    Lindenberg & Partners

    Two iconic Auckland events will become one from April with the Queen Street Golden Mile (QSGM) becoming part of the 2014 ITU Triathlon weekend on April 5 and 6.

    This follows the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, which owns the ...

  • Students Shine at the High Performance Centre

    24/07/2013

    Paul Stevens - AUT Millennium

    A lucky group of primary students from South Auckland schools were given an insight into sporting excellence at AUT Millennium Institute on Tuesday.

    The 20 students were selected from three schools to attend the day at the North Shore center, ...

  • Sam maintains his world ranking of 18th

    22/07/2013

    The World Youth Athletics Championships are over for another year. Sam Ulufonua finished the competition maintaining his world ranking of 18th and unfortunately didn’t qualify for the finals. We are really proud of the efforts that Sam made to ...

  • Sam off on his Quest for Gold

    26/06/2013

    Young Sam Ulufonua, one of the Throw for Gold programme’s rising stars, jetted off on Sunday 23rd June on his quest to win gold at the World Under 18 Athletics Championship in the Ukraine. Leaving behind family, friends and his coach to take on the ...

  • Primary Sport - What's been happening

    18/04/2013

    Click the link to check out the fantastic goings on with the Primary Sport programme this term.

    Thanks to our friends at Counties Manukau Sport ...

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    Breakers at Otara Leisure Centre

    SKYCITY NZ Breakers Visit Otara Leisure Centre

    5/12/2012

    Counties Manukau Sport

    The fantastic SKYCITY NZ Breakers visited the Otara Leisure Centre for the third consecutive year.

    The full squad entertained 300 children from five Otara Schools, Chapel Downs, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Wymondley Road, Bairds Mainfreight ...

  • More than one string to teen's bow

    14/11/2012

    Terry Maddaford, NZ Herald

    Grammar student Sam Ulufonua is as adept at the piano as the discus and shot.

    At 120kg and 1.98m Sam Ulufonua gives new meaning to the term "gentle giant" but put the Auckland Grammar 16-year-old into a discus or shot put circle and his traits ...

  • Sam - Throw for Gold Qualifies for World Champs

    8/11/2012

    Field of Dreams

    Talented Auckland schoolboy Sam Ulufonua has become the first New Zealander to qualify for the World Under-18 Youth Athletic Championships in Ukraine next July.

    Still only 16, the Auckland Grammar student threw the 1.5kg discus well beyond the ...

  • Sam Qualifies for World Champs

    8/11/2012

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    Talented Auckland schoolboy Sam Ulufonua has become the first New Zealander to qualify for the World Under-18 Youth Athletic Championships in Ukraine next July.

    Still only 16, the Auckland Grammar student threw the 1.5kg discus well beyond the ...

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    Sir John Walker & Howard Dobson

    Countdown Breakfast of Champions a huge success

    23/08/2012

    Field of Dreams

    Hosted by TV3 sports personality and presenter Howard Dobson (Dobbo), sponsored by Countdown and staged at SKY CITY, the August 8 fundraising event was timed to coincide with the live TVcast of the Olympic 1500m final which featured New Zealand’s ...

  • Tina Sets New NZ Record with Throw for Gold

    2/08/2012

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    Auckland schoolgirl Tina (Siositina) Hakeai has just finished in 4th place at the world junior athletic championships in Barcelona, and her coach says it’s all thanks to “Throw for Gold”.

    Tina threw a staggering 56.17-metre at the champs. That’s ...

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    Sam Ulufonua

    Sam's on a winner

    31/05/2012

    Siobhan Leathley - Central Lea

    Sam Ulufonua did not know what a discus was a year-and-a-half ago.

    Now he is one of the most promising athletes in New Zealand.

    None of this would have been possible without the support of Auckland Grammar.

    Sam, 16, has a bright future ...

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    BNZ Staff & Primary Sport Kids

    BNZ “Closed for Good” Support Primary Sport

    28/05/2012

    Lincoln Jefferson - CMS

    For the second year running BNZ “Closed for Good” staff have volunteered their time and supported the delivery of The John Walker “Find Your Field of Dreams” Foundation Primary Sport Programme delivered by Counties Manukau Sport.

    This year, ...

  • Primary Sport - The Enhancement Programme

    28/05/2012

    Lincoln Jefferson - CMS

    The Enhancement Programme Sports Module commences its third year under the supervision of Counties Manukau Sports at The Allan Brewster Recreation Centre and Gym City Papatoetoe.

    The Papatoetoe Principals Association founded The Enhancement Trust ...

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    Portable pool first lesson

    Schools Welcome Portable Pool

    27/02/2012

    Troels Sommerville - Manukau C

    A new mobile pool is making a big splash with kids in south Auckland schools.

    Mangere Central School is the first to try out the pool which can be packed away into a trailer and transported elsewhere.

    It's all part of the Sir John Walker's Find ...

  • South Auckland youth graduate leadership programme

    21/12/2011

    Manukau Leisure Services

    A dozen carefully selected South Auckland youth have graduated from the second annual AMP’d leadership programme. The young leaders were identified from the AMP’d drop in programme, which provides free sport and recreation for 11 to 17-year-olds ...

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    Ofa, winner - junior discus

    Throw For Gold collect 4 Gold at Nationals

    21/12/2011

    Find Your Field of Dreams

    Three young Manukau athletes recently provided clear proof that the future of shot and discus throwing is in safe hands.

    Sisters Tina and Ofa Hakeai (Auckland Girls Grammar) and Sam Ulufonua (Auckland Grammar) won four gold medals between them ...

  • AMP’d recognised at Manurewa Youth Workers’ Awards

    13/12/2011

    Approximately 250 people attended the 2011 Manurewa Youth Workers’ Awards, which is held every two years at Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre and Library to honour the work of youth workers in the young, vibrant community.

    This year AMP’d, a ...

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    Breaker's veteran CJ Bruton

    Breakers impress local kids at Otara Leisure

    28/11/2011

    Manukau Leisure Services

    On Tuesday 15 November, for the second year running, the SKYCITY NZ Breakers took time out to play an exhibition basketball game against local children from Otara primary schools.

    The impressive Breakers line-up included key players Tom ...

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    Celebrating New Complex

    Primary Sport Kicks Sports Complex Into Action

    13/10/2011

    The new $1 million sports complex at Redoubt North Primary School in Manukau got off to a flying start today.

    One of the key drivers of the development of the multi-purpose Silver Ferns Sports Complex is Primary Sport, one of the seven ...

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    Community Swim delivers 200,000th free lesson

    18/05/2011

    Community Swim, the cornerstone project of Sir John Walker’s Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, marked a major milestone today with its 200,000th swim lesson for Manukau youngsters.

    The 200,000th swim lesson had even greater significance as it ...

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    Throw for Gold

    Shot put programme helps teens aim high

    12/05/2011

    Terry Maddaford, NZ Herald

    Six months ago life was not easy and school was a low priority for Francis Tapusou. The 16-year-old had no idea what a shot put or discus even looked like.

    But then, through the Sir John Walker-inspired Find Your Field Of Dreams and particularly ...

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    Poliani Loi

    South Auckland kids joining their teams

    17/01/2011

    Terry Maddaford, NZ Herald

    Encouraged by the overwhelming success of a pilot programme aimed at having more South Auckland secondary school children playing sport, another three schools will be added to next year's initiative supported by the Sir John Walker Find Your Field ...

  • Throw for Gold Programme Throws up a New Star

    27/10/2010

    Sir John Walker recently returned to his old stamping ground for the launch of his latest FIND YOUR FIELD OF DREAMS Foundation programme and was upstaged by a 16-year-old youngster.

    Throw for Gold, the 7th programme to be launched by Sir John’s ...

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    Siositina Hakeai

    Next Kiwi golden girl aims for Olympics

    23/10/2010

    Amelia Wade, NZ Herald

    She is 16 years old, 1.82m tall, number one in the world for discus throwers her age and tipped to be the next Valerie Adams in field athletics.

    She dreams of standing on the podium at the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games with the New Zealand ...

  • Community Swim gains speed with new bus

    12/10/2010

    Community Swim, the cornerstone project of the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, has recently gained new momentum with the addition of a fourth bus to transport a growing number of Manukau youngsters to their swim lessons.

    The ...

  • Clubs Capitalise on Club Smart Smarts

    16/08/2010

    More than 50 clubs in Manukau now benefit from Club Smart programme that helps them manage various issues including volunteer and member recruitment and retention, funding, facilities and legal responsibilities.

    Club Smart is a partnership ...

  • Walker foundation creates award-winning splash

    19/05/2010

    The Dominion Post

    Endeavours by Sir John Walker to get 7000 South Auckland schoolchildren to swim have been honoured with an award.

    Last night the "Find Your Field of Dreams" Foundation – set up by Sir John, a 1976 1500m Olympic champion – was awarded Sparc's annual ...

  • Manukau celebrates success of Community Swim

    19/05/2010

    The cornerstone project of the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, launched back in May 2008 by Manukau Mayor Len Brown, has gained national recognition.

    Community Swim, the ground-breaking initiative that provides FREE lessons to ...

  • Ricki Herbert heads back to school for Just Play

    29/04/2010

    All Whites coach Ricki Herbert will take a break from his FIFA World Cup™ training camp next week and go back to school.

    It will be a brief but important visit on 5 May to Papatoetoe Central Primary (Herbert’s old school) where he will be joined ...

  • Award is nice but Olympic hero's dream is of cash

    27/04/2010

    Dana Johannsen, NZ Herald

    Sir John Walker's Find Your Field of Dreams foundation was one of the big winners at last night's Sport and Recreation sector awards. But it's not a pat on the back the Kiwi Olympic hero is after, it's cold hard cash.

    On the same day his ...

  • Walker foundation creates award-winning splash

    27/04/2010

    The Dominion Post

    Endeavours by Sir John Walker to get 7000 South Auckland schoolchildren to swim have been honoured with an award.

    Last night the "Find Your Field of Dreams" Foundation – set up by Sir John, a 1976 1500m Olympic champion – was awarded Sparc's ...

  • Athletic legend returns to school for launch

    25/03/2010

    One of Manukau's favourite sons, Sir John Walker, will make a rare visit back to his old school next Tuesday (March 30) for the launch of the new John Walker Find Your Field Of Dreams programme, Secondary Sport.

    Joining the former Olympic 1500m ...

  • More Manukau youth to benefit from AMP’d

    20/10/2009

    An overwhelming response to the initial pilot introduced in Manurewa earlier this year has resulted in the John Walker ‘Find Your Field of Dreams’ Foundation confirming the launch of its AMP'd programme, designed to provide free sport and ...

  • New sports programme to spark field of dreams

    16/09/2009

    More than 2400 school children in Manukau will have better access to regular sport at school, thanks to a new programme being launched by the John Walker ‘Find Your Field of Dreams’ Foundation.

    To be launched on 24 September, Primary Sport is a ...

  • Free Community Swim Programme Builds Confidence

    1/07/2009

    A year on from its launch, more than 7,000 children from 58 Manukau schools have benefited from the John Walker ‘Find Your Field of Dreams’ Foundation CommunitySwim programme.

    The free learn-to-swim programme for all Year 3 students in Manukau, a ...

  • Walker's last great race (NZ Herald)

    16/05/2009

    Monday morning. Papatoetoe Centennial Swimming Pool. Rain streaks the building's windows.

    In the warmth inside, a line of wet-haired schoolboys wait to be bused back to class.

    They are from Holy Cross, a neighbourhood primary school with a decile ...

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    John Walker Honoured

    Manukau's champ has a vision for city's kids

    30/04/2009

    One of Manukau’s champion athletes was honoured by the sporting and funding communities last week.

    Mayor Len Brown and Prime Minister John Key hosted a luncheon on Friday to celebrate two high points the life of Olympian and Manukau city councillor ...

  • Free sports and recreation for Manukau Youth

    24/03/2009

    The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation is launching AMP’d, another exciting sports and recreation initiative for Manukau youth, this Friday, 27 March.

    The AMP’d programme, developed to encourage youth to become more active and ...

  • Free swim lessons extend to more children

    5/01/2009

    Following positive feedback, the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation has now extended its Community Swim programme to include Year Four children in Manukau, almost doubling the capacity of the programme.

    The Community Swim programme ...

  • The beautiful game LA Galaxy vs Oceania All Stars

    12/11/2008

    The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation is being launched region-wide at the LA Galaxy exhibition soccer game on 6 December.

    The Foundation is one of two charitable organisations involved in this event, the other being ...

  • New initiative launched

    20/10/2008

    John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation launched its second initiative, Club Smart, in association with Counties Manukau Sport at Papatoetoe Softball Club’s Juniors training at White Park, Pah Road, Papatoetoe.

    Club Smart aims to improve ...

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    Charity Golf Day to Fund Water Safety Programme

    20/02/2017

    Alan Apted

    Some 1600 school children will be better equipped to handle rough waters thanks to a charity golf tournament.

    The annual fundraiser is a joint venture between the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and Honda New Zealand and will be ...

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    Free bus for Manukau kids

    Free buses a master stroke

    14/11/2008

    More Manukau kids can now get in the swim thanks to new free buses to take them to the pool.

    The two buses are part of the Find Your Field of Dreams project to teach every year 3 pupil in the city to swim.

    The project offers seven free swimming ...