Children get set for Kids Try triathlon
Hundreds of children are gearing up to run, slide and bike through Cox’s Bay Park on Sunday for this year’s Westmere Kids Try.
Up to 850 children and parents from six Western Bays schools will take part in the triathlon which will help support the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s Guide Dog Service.
Host Westmere School launched the event in 2010 and this year it has opened it to entrants from Richmond Road Primary School, Bayfield Primary School and Ponsonby Primary School. They are joining last year’s participants from Grey Lynn School and Marist Catholic School Herne Bay.
Children will complete a 500m to 1.5km run, a 1km to 2km bike ride and a 50m waterslide.
Parents can also take part in a team event with their children.
Olympic BMX silver medallist Sarah Walker will be on the course motivating participants as they complete the bike leg of the event, while Olympic sailing silver medallist Blair Tuke will man the waterslide.
Radio hosts Jay-Jay Feeney and Dom Harvey from The Edge will be providing the day’s commentary.
Last year the triathlon raised more than $20,000, including $2000 for an earthquake-damaged school in Christchurch. The money raised from this year’s event will also go towards the completion of the new Westmere School hall.
Westmere School principal Carolyn Marino says it is heartening to see how much the Western Bays community has got behind the event since its launch.
‘‘Our focus has been on creating an event that children of all ages can participate in and enjoy, as well as promoting health and fitness in a supportive community environment,’’ she says.
‘‘We hope that by participating in the Westmere Kids Try, these children will have the confidence to get involved in other sporting competitions such as the WeetBix TRYathlon Series.’’
On your marks: Six Western Bays schools are gearing up to take part in this year’s Westmere Kids Try on Sunday.