St Mary's have themselves a wheelie good day

Paris Gaugau, left, and Lorenzo Delos Santos enjoying their new bikes.
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Paris Gaugau, left, and Lorenzo Delos Santos enjoying their new bikes.

Students at St Mary's School in Avondale have two new learning and play areas to explore, after they became the latest recipients of a state-of-the-art bike track and cricket pitch. 

The track and learn to ride programme is funded in part by a regional sport and recreation grant from Auckland Council. 

The programme is an expansion of the Bike On NZ Charitable Trust Bikes in Schools programme across west and South Auckland. 

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St Mary's School unveil new cricket pitch and bike track.

"We are delighted and very grateful for Bikes in Schools' support for this important recreation and sport programme," says Michelle Jadoo, principal at St Mary's.

"We want to see more of our children being active in our community and riding bikes is a fun and practical way to get them started," she says. 

The package for St Mary's includes a fleet of different sized bikes, helmets, bike storage, lessons from a bike coach and cycle skills training for teachers. 

Ma'afu Takai soaks in some sun.
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Ma'afu Takai soaks in some sun.

"We are pretty lucky, the whole thing looks wicked," says student Brendon Tatafu.

"Cool how it goes the whole way around."

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Students at St Mary's made signs to show their appreciation for their new cycle track.
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Students at St Mary's made signs to show their appreciation for their new cycle track.

Juel Sardius Turua, Vika Tahifote and Antonio Lakalaka enjoyed their day on the track.
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Juel Sardius Turua, Vika Tahifote and Antonio Lakalaka enjoyed their day on the track.

Principal Geraldine Malgas joins her students and shows off her new yellow bike.
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Principal Geraldine Malgas joins her students and shows off her new yellow bike.

Dorin Dilsha Anthony, left, and Jan Grace Lopez.
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Dorin Dilsha Anthony, left, and Jan Grace Lopez.

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