Pupils poised for triathlon

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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.

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