Mad Mish a great suc­cess

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - By ALAS­TAIR PAULIN

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.

Photo: ALAS­TAIR PAULIN

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.

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