Kids’ mul­ti­sport day a blast for all

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Fab­u­lous weather and com­mu­nity spirit graced the Ti­tahi Bay School Triathlon on March 2.

More than 400 chil­dren were geared up for the day, the school’s ma­jor an­nual fundraiser, now in its fifth year. They gave it their very best and there were smiles on their faces when they crossed the fin­ish line, said Home and School Com­mit­tee mem­ber Rachel Grif­fiths.

‘‘It was fan­tas­tic. There was just a sea of vi­brant colours – blue, green, yel­low, or­ange, red and pur­ple.’’

The wade through the shal­lows of Ti­tahi Bay Beach ap­peared to be the hard­est sec­tion of the event, with many of the older chil­dren opt­ing to swim it, Ms Grif­fiths said.

Fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber Robyn Foun­tain said she no­ticed tears in the eyes of some par­ents, proud to be part of the spe­cial event.

‘‘When a few chil­dren fell they just picked them­selves up and went right back on track – it was awe­some.’’

This year, the race was opened up to preschool­ers, open ju­niors, open se­niors – to al­low out­siders to have a go – and teach­ers.

Dur­ing the preschool­ers race there were a num­ber of the older chil­dren help­ing them out, much to the plea­sure of school prin­ci­pal Kerry De­laney.

‘‘I loved stand­ing on my lo­cal beach hear­ing the chil­dren cheer­ing on a few of the oth­ers who found the triathlon hard go­ing – it warmed my heart,’’ she said.

The school was grate­ful for the sup­port of the lo­cal surf club, po­lice and fire bri­gade, and the many com­mu­nity mem­bers who looked out for the chil­dren as they made their way through the land­based sec­tion of the course.

Lo­cal busi­nesses also came to the party, sup­port­ing the event and en­sur­ing each child was able to wear a T-shirt in their house colours.

Help­ing hand: Mana MP Kris Faafoi was on hand to present medals to race par­tic­i­pants, as was Porirua mayor Nick Leggett.

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