Phoebe’s ded­i­ca­tion re­warded

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Vol­un­teer­ing to time­keep and take race notes is not the way most 9-year-old girls spend their Satur­days, but Phoebe Rid­dle loves it.

The Ames­bury School stu­dent was awarded a cer­tifi­cate for vol­un­teer­ing at 25 out of 34 races for Porirua parkrun.

Mem­ber Astrid Van MeeuwenDi­jk­graaf said Phoebe’s ded­i­ca­tion was very im­pres­sive.

‘‘No­body has vol­un­teered as of­ten,’’ she said.

Phoebe said it felt good to be awarded for her hard work. ‘‘I felt re­ally happy,’’ she said. She started help­ing out af­ter at­tend­ing the Satur­day runs with her fa­ther, mother and 11-year-old brother.

The fam­ily takes part ev­ery Satur­day and Phoebe said they have only missed a few. ‘‘It’s a fun way to help out.’’ Phoebe’s du­ties in­clude time­keep­ing and scan­ning run­ners’ bar­codes.

But she is most ex­cited about her up­com­ing role as race di­rec­tor at a ju­nior race. ‘‘I like to call it the big cheese.’’ Phoebe, a keen swim­mer, has run the race twice, but said she pre­ferred vol­un­teer­ing.

‘‘Hav­ing all the run­ners smile when they come in makes you feel good to be help­ing out.’’

Her fa­ther, Ian Rid­dle, said he was very proud of his daugh­ter. ‘‘ She has never com­plained.’’

He said Phoebe was very re­spon­si­ble. ‘‘You can give her some­thing to do and she will do it well.’’

Porirua parkrun has up to 70 people in­volved in its weekly races. They are held ev­ery Satur­day at Botham­ley Park at 8am.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Miles ahead: Phoebe Rid­dle is ex­cited about her up­com­ing role as race di­rec­tor.

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