Give it a tri

March is triathlon month.

March is triathlon month.

CATCH US IF YOU CAN: Rohan Evison, Judah Wanoa, Ryder Kingi, Cameron Walters, Jacob Yates and Gayesha Mahabalage stretch their legs during the run section of the Mangapapa School triathlon. Pictures by Liam Clayton
SWIM DONE . . . NOW FOR THE BIKE: Nikita Schwass gets set to swap swim goggles for a bike helmet.
ON YOUR BIKE, YOUNG MAN: Kaian Anderson gets ready for the cycling stage.

MARCH is Triathlon Month in Gisborne, says Crackerjack Kids trainer Kate Ney.

“Unofficially it started with the amazing Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon and this month is full of opportunities to swim, bike and run,” Ney said.

“Primary school children will be trying to figure out ways to get their bike helmet, shoes and goggles on as quickly as possible as they tackle their school triathlons throughout the month.”

Ney said the events would take place across the city — either at the primary schools or Nelson Park and the Enterprise Aquatic Centre pool.

Qualifiers will compete in the interschool triathlon championships on Wednesday.

“It’s always a morning of fierce competition at Nelson Park as placegetters from each school in years 4, 5 and 6 battle it out for champion status,” Ney said.

“Intermediate and secondary school students go head to head on Thursday.

“The East Coast Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships are at the Olympic Pool and in the general vicinity of the pool complex.

“And there are a few local athletes using these champs as a build-up to the national secondary school championships in Whanganui at the end of the month.”

Tyler Evans, Hayley Law, Angus Blair and the Ney brothers — Josiah, Caleb and Matthew — will fly the Gisborne flag in Whanganui.

Kate Ney said Triathlon Month was not just for kids.

“I’m sure many parents at the Weet-Bix KIDS TRYathlon thought, ‘I’d like to give that a go; I wish there was a participation event for families’ . . . well, there is.”

On March 26, the Whanau Fun — Swim, Bike, Run! event will be held. It starts at the Olympic Pool at 9am.

“This is an event for the whole family, with the focus on everyone giving it a go, either as an individual or as a member of a team,” Ney said.

“It’s a good chance for parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends to see how quickly they can put a bike helmet on and how long it takes to tie their shoes.

“Most of all, it’s about having fun with the family.”

Ney said registration forms would be available at the Olympic Pool and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“Many local businesses have donated prizes, which will be awarded in categories such as best-dressed, oldest participant and family with the greatest number of participants,” she said.

“There will be spot prizes as well.”

MARCH is Triathlon Month in Gisborne, says Crackerjack Kids trainer Kate Ney.

“Unofficially it started with the amazing Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon and this month is full of opportunities to swim, bike and run,” Ney said.

“Primary school children will be trying to figure out ways to get their bike helmet, shoes and goggles on as quickly as possible as they tackle their school triathlons throughout the month.”

Ney said the events would take place across the city — either at the primary schools or Nelson Park and the Enterprise Aquatic Centre pool.

Qualifiers will compete in the interschool triathlon championships on Wednesday.

“It’s always a morning of fierce competition at Nelson Park as placegetters from each school in years 4, 5 and 6 battle it out for champion status,” Ney said.

“Intermediate and secondary school students go head to head on Thursday.

“The East Coast Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships are at the Olympic Pool and in the general vicinity of the pool complex.

“And there are a few local athletes using these champs as a build-up to the national secondary school championships in Whanganui at the end of the month.”

Tyler Evans, Hayley Law, Angus Blair and the Ney brothers — Josiah, Caleb and Matthew — will fly the Gisborne flag in Whanganui.

Kate Ney said Triathlon Month was not just for kids.

“I’m sure many parents at the Weet-Bix KIDS TRYathlon thought, ‘I’d like to give that a go; I wish there was a participation event for families’ . . . well, there is.”

On March 26, the Whanau Fun — Swim, Bike, Run! event will be held. It starts at the Olympic Pool at 9am.

“This is an event for the whole family, with the focus on everyone giving it a go, either as an individual or as a member of a team,” Ney said.

“It’s a good chance for parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends to see how quickly they can put a bike helmet on and how long it takes to tie their shoes.

“Most of all, it’s about having fun with the family.”

Ney said registration forms would be available at the Olympic Pool and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“Many local businesses have donated prizes, which will be awarded in categories such as best-dressed, oldest participant and family with the greatest number of participants,” she said.

“There will be spot prizes as well.”

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