Manurewa kura gifted free gear to take part in Weet-Bix TRYathlon

By Numia Ponika-Rangi
  • Auckland

Free bikes, helmets, accessories and training have been donated to Te Kura Akonga o Manurewa for the upcoming Sanitarium Weet-Bix TRYathlon. 

It's a first for the school, one of many in Manurewa who faces barriers to participation including access to relevant equipment and entry costs, despite the TRYathlon being held annually in Manurewa. 

Te Kura Akonga o Manurewa is participating in their first Sanitarium Weet-Bix TRYathlon thanks to the overwhelming support, assistance and donations from the wider community.

Kerrie Blackmoore of He Oranga Poutama says, "The major barriers are always the equipment that's always the hassle, and transport, so all those sort of barriers have been removed, so the cycles have been provided, they're getting the skills required to make sure they're gonna have a successful time as well."

As well as the free bikes and helmets, the students received some really necessary and expert TRYathlon training.

"For most of them, it's the first time they've participated in this kind of event, so it's important they know what skills are required," adds Takurua Tangitu, teacher at Te Kura Akonga.

With the proper equipment and knowledge to use them, there's only one aim heading toward the December 9 event at Mountfort Park in Manurewa.

Tangitu says, "A win would be great but for us, it's just about seeing the kids having fun and enjoying the experience."