The America's Cup paid a visit to Te Kauwhata College

Grant Dalton made a promise that if New Zealand won the America's Cup he would take it to Te Kauwhata College.


On Wednesday the Team NZ chief executive arrived at the school with the Auld Mug in hand.


The visit came about through a friendship between Dalton and year eight student Daniel Over.


Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton with year eight student Daniel Over, 14.
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Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton with year eight student Daniel Over, 14.


The pair were introduced a couple of years ago at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.


Through a shared loved of motorsport the two have kept in touch and become great friends.


Over 500 students performed a heartfelt haka to Dalton.
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Over 500 students performed a heartfelt haka to Dalton.


"We're mates and he helps me with my race car," Dalton said.


"He's in charge of the rattle gun these days in terms of the wheels.


"He comes to the different race meets and helps out and we've just got to know each other."


Students flocked to get a closer look at the oldest cup in the world.
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Students flocked to get a closer look at the oldest cup in the world.


Before Dalton and his syndicate reclaimed the America's Cup, he made a promise to Daniel. 


"I told him if we won it we'd bring it to Te Kauwhata College."


Dalton has also been helping  Daniel to achieve at school.


"He could probably teach me stuff, but we just love him and he is just a great kid and we just do what we can to try and be a positive role model for him."


 Daniel got up to watch all of the races on television.


"I do look up to him,"  Daniel said.


"He is a pretty big role model to me."


Daniel couldn't sleep on Tuesday night.


"It's really exciting to have him here today and the cup."


Daniel said he might like to sail himself one day.


"I've been on the boat, it's pretty big."


Dalton was welcomed to the school with a powhiri and a special assembly in the school's gym.


A heartfelt haka performed by over 500 students showed the school's appreciation for the visit.


Afterwards, students had the opportunity to get a photo with Dalton and the cup.


In October the cup will start a regional tour from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, using yacht clubs as a base, Dalton said.

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