City school tops for TRY
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.
Kids TRYathlon competitors make the swimbike transition at Ongley Park during the event in March this year.