Ath­lete fol­low­ing Dad’s foot­steps

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Among the throng of 7 to 15-yearolds swim­ming, cy­cling and run­ning in the Welling­ton Weet-Bix TRYathlon re­cently was Ti­tahi Bay 11-year-old Maia Rangi.

It was the Te Kura Maori o Porirua stu­dent’s first at­tempt at the TRYathlon, and her goal was sim­ply to fin­ish, said mum Lisa Ra­manui.

Maia’s in­ter­est in triathalon stemmed from her fa­ther Lance Rangi, who com­petes in IronMaori events. Maia took part in an IronMaori tamariki event in De­cem­ber, and she and Dad are now reg­u­lar train­ing bud­dies.

Ra­manui said it was great to see Maia tak­ing on a pur­suit out­side her com­fort zone of team sports, soft­ball and net­ball.

Sport­ing celebri­ties in­clud­ing So­phie Pas­coe, Anna Har­ri­son and Aaron Bar­clay joined fam­i­lies in cheer­ing on com­peti­tors at the Hutt Recre­ation Grounds on Fe­bru­ary 10.

The TRYathlon is the largest chil­dren’s sport­ing event of its kind in the world, and will travel to 13 cities and towns through­out New Zealand in 2013.

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