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City to Surf

Clint Pilkington —

On March 24th Hagley College took part in the 45th annual City to Surf.

I initially decided it was an event my 12 Sport Fit and Rec class could participate in. The Tourism students were invited, so they might embrace an occasion that has the power to draw residents and visitors to the city. As the outing gained momentum, we opened up the invite to school whānau in a bid to foster the spirit of community and well-being.

We had the support of the leadership team, who agreed to fit the team out in a one-off T-shirt. We ended up ordering 93! Participants included students, parents, friends, staff, partners and children. We walked, jogged and ran our way to Ferrymead in the Heathcote Valley. In 45 years, it has never rained on the day and, once again, we were treated to a perfect cool morning which developed into a beautiful, sunny afternoon.

In 2020, the goal is to have 150 Hagley community members take part in the event and once again win the prize for the largest school contingent in the event! Congratulations to all participants. See you again next year.