Manukau Courier : December 10th 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS Ngati Whatua o Orakei Community Health Services Otahuhu Health Clinic 507 Great South Road $10 Consultation charge for adults Enrol Now Call 276 1190 3340680AA Ph: 271 2081 283 East Tamaki Rd, East Tamaki TYRE SERVICE, MECHANICAL REPAIRS WOF $20 6 DAYS • Used Tyres from $25 • Full Service from $95 • Wheel Alignments - $39 + GST OPEE EN We are specialist in automotive air-conditioning Winner of the 2010 Customer Service Award for Auto Air Conditioning for the Auckland Region COOLCAR AIR-CONDITIONING CENTRE COME IN FOR YOUR CHECK FREE 9B Ryan Place, Manukau www.coolcar.co.nz also at 333 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki Ph 274-4609 FREE CHECKS PHONE 263 5777 VASA ALL WORK IS GUARANTEED Is your vehicle air-conditioning working properly? IF NOT -- YOU NEED US! Record turnout at tryathlon event Bikes galore: Pupils select their wheels for the bike leg of the Manukau Weet-Bix Tryathlon at Mountfort Park in Manurewa on Wednesday. Photos: SHANE WENZLICK Well done: Silver Fern Temepara George hands out medals and words of encouragement at the finish line. Winner's grin: A happy Sean Youmans, 9, of the Reremoana Primary School in Wattle Downs returns to his support crew after finishing the tryathlon. People spotting: Point View School mates Harrison Smith, 7, left, and Thomas Staples, 8, kick back after completing the tryathlon. Striding home: Jackson Smellie, 8, of the Gardens School in Manurewa heads to the finish line. By ALAN APTED A record 940 children took part in the Manu- kau Sanitarium Weet- Bix Tryathlon at Mountfort Park in Manurewa on Wed- nesday. That's up more than 200 up on last year's field and the biggest turn out the Manukau event has seen in the three years it has run. And judging from the mood of athletes' support crews -- the teachers, mums and dads, nanas and poppas, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters who turned Mountfort Park into a picnic zone it's only going to get better. Joshua Puata, 10, of Clayton Park School cer- tainly thinks so. I'm definitely coming back next year,'' says the rugby, league and touch rugby fanatic. This is my second tryathlon and it was just as exciting as the first.'' Puata's mother Maria Richards was equally enthusiastic. This is a fantastic event,'' she says. It's such a great opportunity for getting school children to try something different. They get to try three events, not just one.'' Richards says Joshua was all enthusiasm because he'd run last year and knew what to expect. Another definitely putting her hand up for next year is Destiny Ikinepe. She doesn't yet play any organised sport. This was my first tryathlon,'' she says. I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed it.'' Destiny says she was tired after swimming 50m, cycling 4km and running 1.5km. Her father Dean Iki- pene was one proud dad. Like any parent, I'm proud of my child when they compete in an event like this.'' Nathan Balchin, 8, of Fairburn School in Otahuhu, was another smitten by his first tryathlon. Look at my medal,'' he says. I'm going to keep in a safe place.'' He says he wants to do it all again next year. Weet-Bix senior prod- uct manager Nigel Chenery is delighted with the turn-out. The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Tryathlon is only in its third year in Manukau but it is quickly growing into a major event for the region,'' he says. We were delighted to see more than 940 kids give the event a go with the support of their fam- ilies, friends and teachers.'' Silver Fern Temepara George and champion New Zealand tryathletes Debbie Tanner and Cameron Brown lent star power to the event by cheering the kids on and handing out medals at the finish line. More than 50 children were sponsored with their entry fees and pro- vided bikes for the day by the Weet-Bix Tryath- lon Foundation and the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foun- dation. Every child who took part received a race-pack including a Weet-Bix Tryathlon race t-shirt, swim cap for all swimmers, an official race number and a medal. The event is for children between the ages of seven and 15.
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