Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Tri kids

The kids at Pt Chevalier School had a week of fun because Mark Weedon and his boys from Trikids had been in school. They had fun cycling, racing and swimming for their triathlon. Mark and Rick set up this programme which gave the students a training session and then a triathlon event.

Mark came with his Avanti bikes, which is great. Two of my students told me that they had never ridden a bike before. This was their best day. I didn't have a bike when I was in primary school. It makes me wish I was a student again.

From their website:

Sport is about participating, achieving and learning. TriKids™ aim is to support children into sport. Our programmes based around triathlon (swimming, cycling, running) are for primary school aged children and schools. Motivating and educating children to lead healthy lifestyles, developing fundamental movement skills and confidence through challenges and enjoyment are integral to our mission.

Pathways from school to club are integral in keeping children involved in sport. We will form relationships with clubs within the Auckland region to assist children transition into youth sections of clubs. TriKids™ will work to build the school to club link and provide opportunities for children to continue their involvement in sport.

Innovative school programmes and opportunities based around TriKids™ clubs will make us leaders in the field of sport for children. Organised events and promotion of athletes and triathletes will help to foster the continued development of triathlon as a leading sport in New Zealand.

Thanks to our teacher Kath Leighton for organising and liaising this event. The children of course will be looking forward to a repeat next year.

The teachers' views: "A really well organised event. Mark and his team gave good, clear instructions, and catered well to the diverse needs and abilities of the students."

May be next year, Mark, the teachers get a chance too?


Cezar and Léia said...

The Trikids school looks great!Very interesting information. By my side, I can say I don't know how to swim,and for sure I should start swimming when I was a kid.
Maybe I will take some lessons here! :)
Thanks for the lovely song ( the lyrics that you left in my blog),it's adorable!
I see "music"is always part of your day by day, it's wonderful!

Ginny Hartzler said...

A Triathelon is serious stuff for these kids! That child on the left is adorable!!! Do you ride a bike?

2sweetnsaxy said...

That is such a cute shot! I've never heard of Trikids. Sounds great.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've never heard of TriKids, but those kids are just adorable, so happy and proud of themselves. And it is great for kids to be involved in physical activity that they will be able to do all their lives (like swimming)

The JR said...

Sounds like a wonderful event!