It’s not too late to get in­volved

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - KATRINA TANIRAU

A mas­sive kapa haka per­for­mance on the main street of Te Aroha and a com­mu­nity walk in Mor­rinsville are just some of things peo­ple will be get­ting in­volved in as their con­tri­bu­tion to the TAFISA World Chal­lenge Day 2018.

So far, thou­sands of peo­ple through­out the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict have reg­is­tered to take part in 15 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity on Wed­nes­day May 30.

But the ques­tion is, will it be enough to achieve the ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of the dis­trict’s par­tic­i­pants - vic­tory over the Ki­tikami dis­trict in Ja­pan.

With the likes of Olympic gold medal­list Eric Mur­ray and Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern throw­ing their sup­port be­hind the chal­lenge, the main fo­cus of this event is to bring peo­ple from all walks of life, and all ages to­gether for one com­mon cause - to have fun while keep­ing fit.

World Chal­lenge Day is huge overseas, with 50 mil­lion peo­ple com­pet­ing in 40 coun­tries.

This is the first time any New Zealand dis­trict has been nom­i­nated and Mata­mata-Pi­ako is the only dis­trict in the coun­try to com­pete this year.

While the aim was to get 20,000 par­tic­i­pants from through­out the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict, World Chal­lenge Day co­or­di­na­tor Anna McLough­lin said there is still time to get peo­ple reg­is­tered and ex­cited about the chal­lenge, which she be­lieves Mata­mata-Pi­ako could even pos­si­bly win.

The 15 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can take place at any time of the day in ei­ther small groups, one large group, or a sin­gle per­son.

So what will be hap­pen­ing and what are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties you can take part in through­out Pi­ako?

8-8.30am: Flex Fit­ness class or cir­cuit

9-11am: West­pac Events Cen­tre Pickle Ball dis­play

11-11.30am: Tod­dler Mor­rinsville Library

1.35-2pm: Mor­rinsville In­ter­me­di­ate Flex Fit­ness and Mor­rinsville Fit­ness train­ing

4pm: Mor­rinsville Com­mu­nity House - Com­mu­nity Walk Time

KEL­LEY TANTAU/ STUFF

World Chal­lenge Day co-or­di­na­tor Anna McLough­lin and Mata­mataPi­ako Mayor Jan Barnes.

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