Large num­bers boost multi-sport event

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The ad­di­tion of a new cat­e­gory for chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate with their par­ents was the high­light of the South Waikato Gen­er­a­tor multisport event.

UNO Gen­er­a­tor aimed at chil­dren un­der the age of 12, re­ceived a great re­sponse.

Ti­rau’s Conor Ja­cob­sen was the win­ner which had young­sters walk or run 4.5 kilo­me­tres.

Waikato River Trails gen­eral man­ager Glyn Wooller said the youngest com­peti­tor was 3-year­sold and it was re­ally cool see­ing kids com­pete.

‘‘We had a lot of chil­dren com­pete and we are re­ally re­ally pleased with that,’’ Wooller said.

‘‘It was nice to see par­ents with their chil­dren do­ing the event. It was lovely.’’

Num­bers were up from last year with 242 peo­ple com­pet­ing.

This in­cluded an in­crease in lo­cals giv­ing it a go.

Work­ing to­gether with the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil, Mighty River Power, Sport Waikato and the Waikato River Trails, Wooller said it took whole lot of sup­port­ers and spon­sors to make the event hap­pen.

‘‘It was re­ally good and we got good lo­cal sup­port.

‘‘The weather was just per­fect. There was a bit of cloud and it wasn’t too hot, it was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.’’

Win­ners didn’t in­clude lo­cal par­tic­i­pants but prizes stayed close to home with many from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

All cat­e­gory win­ners walked away with a tro­phy and a range of spot prizes do­nated by spon­sors.

‘‘We had fan­tas­tic sup­port from a large num­ber of busi­nesses.

‘‘It meant we could run the event and de­liver some nice range of prizes.’’

The in­crease in num­bers com­pet­ing this year may help keep the event up and run­ning.

At a pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ing Wooller an­nounced they were ques­tion­ing where the event was fi­nan­cially vi­able as num­bers weren’t as high.

‘‘We’ll do a thor­ough re­view of the event and then make a de­ci­sion.’’

Wooller said it was fan­tas­tic to have up to 20 mar­shalls from the Pu­taruru Lions and Pu­taruru Ro­tary come out to help.

‘‘The vol­un­teers are crit­i­cal to run­ning an ef­fec­tive and safe event.’’

See more pho­tos from the event on page 12.

Young­sters joined their par­ents in the first time UNO cat­e­gory which proved a suc­cess.

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