Kids’ multisport day a blast for all
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.