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New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Tag Team Champions
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Triathlon Triumph in Taranaki

Pixie Cockerill, Multisport Leader —

Over the weekend of 27th/28th March, four of our Christchurch Girls’ High School / Te Kura o Hine Waiora students travelled to New Plymouth to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Championships.

They joined many other triathletes from all over New Zealand to swim, bike and run around Port Taranaki. The athletes took part in the Individual Triathlon, which involved a 300 metre ocean swim, straight onto a gruelling 10 kilometre four lap bike course, then into a 3 kilometre three lap run, before finishing across the famous blue carpet.

In the Under 13s’ Triathlon, Lucy Wheeler had a tricky swim but a fantastic run to come in a terrific 11th! Alice Barnes placed an incredible 4th and Evie Cole 21st in a field of the best Under 14 female triathletes in New Zealand. Lola Bryson-Boe competed in the Under 16 category, with over 20 competitors, where she achieved a fantastic 5th place.

A few hours later, Alice and Lucy teamed up with two Christ’s College boys, Henry Hiatt and Oli Aitken, to challenge nine other Under 16 Tag Teams. Each member of the teams was required to swim 200 metres, bike 3 kilometres and run a kilometre before tagging the next team member. The Christchurch Girls’ High/Christ’s College team executed a superb race to gain the title of New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Tag Team champions! Lucy, Alice, Evie and Lola’s efforts in New Plymouth were outstanding as they showed great sportsmanship and supported each other over the whole weekend.

Overall, our athletes had a great time and have made our school very proud!