Pupils poised for triathlon
Titahi Bay School’s annual triathlon will take to the beach this Saturday.
More than 400 children will take part in what is the school’s major fundraiser. Last year, in spite of a weather bomb, the school still managed to raise $12,300 and this year hopes to exceed that.
Funds raised will go towards the playground the school is in the process of building, starting with a ‘‘rolly polly’’ hill .
There are some new races in the triathlon this year.
‘‘A lot of people in the community have asked if they can also take part, so we decided to add the extra races. It should be a good day for everyone,’’ Home and School Committee chairperson, Carryn Poki, says.
The other races are: Open seniors (year 4, 5 and 6), open juniors (new entrance, year 1, 2 and 3), open pre- schoolers and a teachers’ race.
‘‘We are extremely blessed to have such wonderful local businesses who support us every year,’’ said Sarah Campbell, parent and school board trustee. ‘‘Seeing the support we get each year just blows me away.’’
The school is also thankful to the neighbours around the triathlon route. Every year they show great patience and support, on the day and before it, with kindness and goodwill, says Poki.
There are many people ready to encourage the children, whether they know them or not – further evidence of a local community enjoying its school, she says.
The community is encouraged to support the triathlon. There will be lots of food, raffles and fun to be had, in front of the surf lifesaving club at 8.45am. The first race is at 9am.
Born to run: Titahi Bay School kids will again be giving it their all at the annual triathlon on March 2.