Walz is a Student Support Youth worker at Alfriston College where he uses his skill and passion for skateboarding to teach kids science and life skills. He is also a solo Dad.
He was awarded the Youth Worker of the Year at the Manurewa Youth Workers Youth Awards 2015, but his life a few years before that was very different; one marked by drugs, alcohol and gangs … and of course skateboarding!
It took someone who saw the potential that lay deeper within in him than his anti-social behaviour, connected with a long held desire to be involved in designing a skate park that provided the impetus for him to turn his life around.
He says “I now realise how important people are and how I influenced the young ones. I’ve had kids come up saying they wanna be like me. I’m still not perfect but I’ve definitely changed my life around.”