SECONDARY school sprinter Aaron Powell got a surprise 18th birthday party from his mother Lute Powell yesterday.
Lute took the Coca-Cola Games intermediate boys 100metres champion off guard after throwing a mini party at the National Fitness Centre in Laucala Bay.
Aaron was attending his daily training routine in preparation for the 2014 season when Lute along with his Gospel High School teammates and the staff of the National Fitness Centre sang Happy Birthday to him.
"He wants to better his time and he realises the commitment that is needed in the training. He has been working hard so I thought why not bring his birthday celebration to him," proud mother Lute said.
"He was really surprised. He didn't expect it, he was just speechless."
Lute, who is a driving force behind Aaron's success, believes parents play an important part in moulding the future of their children.
"They need us. We can be their greatest support and fan. It motivates them when they see us supporting them.
"There are other parents who are doing the same and their children are doing well."