Stylish South Waikato cy­cling stu­dents

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

Six South Waikato kids will be look­ing ex­tra stylish while also be­ing safe next time they are out cy­cling.

Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary Bike Month Sport Waikato’s South Waikato branch gave lo­cal school stu­dents the chance to de­sign their own hel­mets which have now been judged and the six win­ning de­signs drawn onto hel­mets by Rotorua graf­fiti artist Ants Haines.

There were over 300 en­tries into the com­pe­ti­tion, which had cat­e­gories for years one to three, four to six, and seven to eight, but it was de­signs by stu­dents at Pu­taruru Col­lege, Ti­rau Pri­mary, Am­is­field School, Pu­taruru Pri­mary, and Saint Mary’s Catholic School that stood out to judges.

Sport Waikato’s South Waikato District co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Mansell said the judges were blown away by the ef­fort put in by the stu­dents.

‘‘South Waikato District Coun­cil road safety co­or­di­na­tor Robert Cathie, Sport Waikato en­er­giser Taki Morehu-cook­son, and Wayne Ry­der from Im­pact Pho­to­graph­ics judged the en­tries and said the win­ning de­signs were cho­sen be­cause of their colour, cre­ativ­ity, and de­tail,’’ she said.

‘‘Not only were they im­pressed by the amount of schools that got in­volved but they were amazed by the over­all de­signs, es­pe­cially in the year one to three cat­e­gory for five to seven year olds,’’ she said.

Mansell said due to the event’s pop­u­lar­ity it will now be held an­nu­ally in con­junc­tion with Fe­bru­ary Bike Month.

‘‘Next year we will prob­a­bly look at hav­ing a theme for the hel­mets,’’ she said.

The hel­mets were pre­sented to the stu­dents on Fri­day af­ter­noon much to the de­light of their de­sign creators.

Sport Waikato South Waikato Ac­tive and Well co­or­di­na­tor Mandy Mccabe was at Am­is­field School to present Han­nah Levin with her win­ning hel­met.

‘‘Luck­ily I wasn’t judg­ing them be­cause I would not have been able to choose,’’ she said.

‘‘There was some amaz­ing work which has been graf­fiti de­signed based on the pic­tures.’’

She en­cour­aged stu­dents to give the com­pe­ti­tion an­other go next year and thanked the South Waikato District Coun­cil for fund­ing the hel­mets.

Han­nah said she was pleased to have won and planned to give the hel­met to her cousin.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

Am­is­field School’s Han­nah Levin with her win­ning hel­met de­sign.

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