Blake’s story gets global attention


From tipping the scales at 119.7kg at age 16, to featuring on Campbell Live at 80kg and becoming Oamaru “Hottie of the Day”, Blake van Rooy never expected his personal weight-loss journey to raise such interest.

In the Christmas holidays of 2011, the 17-year-old Waitaki Boys’ High School student sold his Playstation console and used the money to buy a membership for the Waitaki Rec Centre – a life-changing journey that saw him shed 40kg of excess body fat in just a year and a-half.

Earlier in the month, his weight-loss journey caught the attention of Campbell Live and after screening on TV3, he’s had an overwhelming response.

“All the support that I’ve got, even as it was on TV people were on Facebook saying ‘you’re amazing’, even random people, I got about 20 friend requests,” he said.

“I was like ‘really, people care?’ I didn’t think people would really care because I’m just doing my thing and when people are interested it’s quite nice to hear that they want to know why you did it, how you did it, it’s quite cool.”


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