Chil­dren get set for Kids Try triathlon

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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.

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