Peter Snell: ‘I love this country, and this is proof of it’
Wed 19 Apr 2017
An emotional Sir Peter Snell has said that gifting us his objects was an ‘amazing’ experience that helped ‘ease the guilt’ the sporting legend has felt for basing himself overseas.
Sir Peter was welcomed here yesterday with his wife Miki Snell, daughters Amanda and Jacqui Snell, and granddaughters Sam and Jodi Snell.
His granddaughters and daughters carried in boxes containing the items he is gifting.
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The Olympic great wiped away tears as staff sang waiata in his honour.
‘This is an emotional moment for me,’ Sir Peter said, speaking on our marae in front of family, friends, and old running colleagues.
‘This has allowed me to feel that New Zealanders know I love this country, and this is proof of it.’
Sir Peter said he had been moved to donate the items after hearing that we had bid on the sale of a singlet, thought to be the one he wore at the Tokyo Olympics. The singlet was withdrawn from sale when it was found not to be authentic.
‘I'm totally touched by this whole experience, and everything Te Papa has done. I can't really express my appreciation enough for what has happened here today.’