Mad Mish a great success
Forget riding the unicycle. The smart teams in the Mad Mish Through Mot quickly worked out that the instructions they got at the Motueka go-kart track didn’t specify they had to ride a unicycle around the track – just that the designated team member could not touch the ground and must be touching the unicycle at all times.
Precarious balancing was out the window as the teams improvised the fastest way to get each team member around the track.
Pinkilicious adapted after the first lap and went for piggybacks. Alok D’Hondt, one of the Tasman Youth Council members who helped to run the event, said his favourite method was the team that carried their ‘‘rider’’ like a stretcher with the unicycle balanced on top.
The Mad Mish was an Amazing Race style dash through the streets of Motueka with teams being given the next clue once they completed a challenge. These ranged from busking at the Sunday Market to a Fear Factor style eating contest at the high school to carrying a raw egg around the course and then having to wrap it and drop it from on high.
The youth council’s Motueka coordinator Jody Maru said that although she would have liked to see more than five teams, the day was a big success and was all organised by the youth councillors.
Early in the race youth councillor Sophie Harrison was supervising as Pinkilicious, made up of members of Motueka High School’s Athletics Academy, scavenged on the foreshore for a black rock, a feather, a crab and a piece of rubbish.
‘‘Some teams have been quite strategic in the way they have gone after the $200 [winners’ prize]. Those Athletic Academy girls are pretty onto it,’’ she said.
And so it proved. They won by about 30 minutes.
Pink power: Team Pinkilicious, from left, Amanda Fitisemanu, Amber Sixtus, Tess Haunch, and Sydnee Wilkins, taking part in the Tasman Youth Council event the Mad Mish Through Mot last Sunday.