Ruatoki welcomes Olympic silver medalists

Members of the New Zealand Women's Sevens squad who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics are set to touch down in the rural community of Ruatoki today. 

Michaela Blyde, Terina Te Tamaki, and Theresa Fitzpatrick will share their winning moment with students, teachers and whānau of Te Wharekura o Ruatoki.  Players will also take coaching sessions with Year 7 to Year 13 pupils.

The visit is part of the team's national tour to inspire young, up-and-coming rugby players. 

Accompanying the silver medalists is New Zealand Rugby representative Stacey Waaka who hails from Ruatoki. Waaka was first selected for the Black Ferns squad in 2015. This year she was named in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team but missed out on the Olympic squad.

Waaka says that today’s event is a personal one for her.

“It is such an honour to help in any way possible and give back to this awesome community.” 

The national women’s sevens side has been renamed the Black Ferns Sevens and the 15-aside national team becomes the Black Ferns (formerly New Zealand Black Ferns).

Te Kāea reporter Mere Mclean will have more on today's kaupapa tonight at 5:30pm.