Stylish South Waikato cycling students
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.
Amisfield School’s Hannah Levin with her winning helmet design.