competitive swimmer

‘We competed in a wheelbarrow race to win our wedding rings – then she lost hers’

Grant Schofield, 54, is a professor of public health at AUT and director of the Human Potential Centre. He co-founded Prekure, which trains health and mental health coaches with his wife, Louise Schofield, 51. The couple also publish the What the Fat? healthy eating books. They live in Tairua and have three sons – Sam, 21, Jackson, 19, and Danny,12, and dog Bluey.

Louise: I was 19 when I met Grant. I was a competitive swimmer and training to be a teacher, so I was too busy to think about boyfriends.

We met on December 23, 1995 at the old Mon Desir bar in Takapuna. Because I was competing, it was unusual for me to go out at night, but a friend persuaded me to. I was attracted to Grant because he was also sporty and drop-dead gorgeous.

He called my parents’ house the next day and my late grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, answered the phone. She said she’d go and get me but then forgot, so poor old Grant was hanging on the line for quite some time.

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He asked me out on Christmas Eve and my mother said I could go as long as I made it to midnight mass. Grant wasn’t religious, but he must have liked me because he came to mass too.

He also turned up at the swimming pool my father managed where I was a lifeguard and tried to impress me with his swimming.

We got married a year later and moved to Australia for 10 years with Grant’s job

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