Fam­ily fun at Whanau Tri

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

It was a fam­ily af­fair as the Whanau Tri re­turned for its fourth year in Palmer­ston North.

More than 500 peo­ple took up the chal­lenge to swim, bike and run at the an­nual event at On­g­ley Park on Sun­day.

Sport Manawatu chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Shailer said the day had gone well.

‘‘It is about get­ting ev­ery­one ac­tive and that life­long love of sport and recre­ation.’’

Shailer said there had been some nerves from those do­ing it for the first time, but they had turned into feel­ings of ac­com­plish­ment.

‘‘It is not about win­ning, it is about get­ting amongst it.’’

Shailer said it was an event for all ages.

‘‘You see the kids be­ing re­ally proud of mum and dad be­ing ac­tive.’’

James Wall com­pleted the full triathlon for the second time, and was joined by his mum, daugh­ter and part­ner who also took part.

Wall said he had done sim­i­lar events when he was young, but that had dropped off as he got older.

‘‘I never thought I’d be able to do some­thing like this.’’

Wall’s part­ner Hay­ley Kemp said she was pleased with her ef­forts and said it was a great event.

‘‘It is all ages, any­one can do it.’’

Kemp said she had a feel­ing of pride as she crossed the fin­ish line and would be back next year.

Ko­hae Cher­ring­ton, 9, was one of the youngest to take on the full in­di­vid­ual triathlon.

It was his second go at the Whanau Tri and he was happy with his race.

‘‘It is all about hav­ing fun. It is also cool, just the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Sport Manawatu ac­tive com­mu­ni­ties ad­viser Tay­lor Hakaraia-Woon said they ran a pro­gramme pre­par­ing peo­ple for the triathlon.

The goal was to en­cour­age peo­ple who did not ex­er­cise or had fallen away from it to get back into it, he said.

One lady had been pre-di­a­betic and could not walk 30 me­tres with­out be­ing puffed, he said.

Since train­ing she had lost weight, and was no longer pre­di­a­betic.

‘‘Her con­fi­dence has gone through the roof. She be­lieves in her­self.’’

Sub­tle changes be­came big ones, he said.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Ri­hari Shed­lock, 4, Rawiri Shed­lock and Te Ti­wha Shed­lock, 5, test the gold at the fin­ish line.

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