City school tops for TRY

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Ev­ery March, the San­i­tar­ium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon takes over On­g­ley Park, the Lido and sur­round­ing streets. Hun­dreds of school chil­dren from up to 50 re­gional schools take part, but one city school boasts more par­tic­i­pants than any other – through­out the whole coun­try.

158 pupils from Col­lege Street Nor­mal School en­tered the tri­althlon event in 2015. Prin­ci­pal Ross Kennedy says the school in­cludes the TRYathlon as a part of its PE and sport pro­gramme and this has en­cour­aged the high num­ber of en­tries each year.

‘‘It’s great to see the kids out there hav­ing a blast,’’ Ross says. ‘‘No mat­ter how ath­letic or non-ath­letic they are, they get out there and get their medal and wear it with so much pride. Some of them are so proud you’d think they had won a gold medal at the Olympics!’’

Teacher Dianne Tre­main, who or­gan­ises the school en­tries ev­ery year, says the num­ber of chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing had snow­balled as chil­dren saw oth­ers par­tic­i­pate and enjoy.

‘‘It’s a safe, en­joy­able and non­threat­en­ing ac­tiv­ity that they can train for and achieve, so we have kids of all lev­els and abil­i­ties com­pete,’’ Dianne says.

Kids TRYathlon am­bas­sador Va­lerie Adams says boost­ing self-es­teem is a large part of the event’s ap­peal as it al­lows chil­dren to give sport a go at their own pace.

The Kids TRYathlon has been run­ning for 23 years, is now in 16 lo­ca­tions and has seen more than 200,000 chil­dren take part over that time. Reg­is­tra­tions for the March 24 TRY are open now at try.weetbix.co.nz.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Kids TRYathlon com­peti­tors make the swim­bike tran­si­tion at On­g­ley Park dur­ing the event in March this year.

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