Tawa school is­sues tra­verse chal­lenge

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate is is­su­ing the Porirua Grand Tra­verse chal­lenge to other schools.

The tra­verse, to be held on April 12, may at­tract 1000 com­peti­tors for the first time this year.

Along with the mul­ti­sport sec­tion for the se­ri­ous ath­letes, the fun run and schools’ chal­lenge were part of the phi­los­o­phy to get com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, event manager Michael Jac­ques said.

‘‘We’re in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to mul­ti­sport and if chil­dren can be en­cour­aged to en­ter, then their par­ents might take part,’’ he said. ‘‘ We want peo­ple to have fun and push them­selves a bit.’’

The schools’ chal­lenge has been pared back this year, chang­ing from a bike-waka-run event to be part of the 7.5km fun run over Whi­tireia Park.

Jac­ques said the lo­gis­ti­cal side of or­gan­is­ing and mar­shalling the waka and bike stages be­came too dif­fi­cult.

Just hav­ing a run would hope­fully lead to more en­trants, he said, and school pride would be on the line.

He ex­pected about a dozen schools in the Porirua basin to take part.

Tawa

In­ter­me­di­ate

has dom­i­nated the tra­verse chal­lenge in the past and will likely be fron­trun­ners, with up to 100 pupils at the start line.

There was a lunchtime run­ning group and sev­eral staff mem­bers would also en­ter the fun run, teacher Iain Westphall said.

‘‘The tra­verse is good for pro­mot­ing health and hav­ing so many of our kids be­ing in­volved raises the pro­file of the school,’’ he said.

Pupil Jack Hawkey said he en­joyed tak­ing part in the tra­verse.

It was a good chal­lenge for his fit­ness, he said.

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