Winning in Bella's blood

Competitors in the 5-7 age group of the Fun Kids Triathlon are briefed by organiser Peter Ellis on Sunday.
Competitors in the 5-7 age group of the Fun Kids Triathlon are briefed by organiser Peter Ellis on Sunday.

Good genes paid off for the junior winner of the Fun Kids Triathlon on Sunday with Olympic runner Nick Willis' niece dominating her field.

Bella Willis won the 5- to 7-year group, with a time of 5:34 minutes - nearly two minutes faster than quickest boy George To, 7.18m, and three minutes ahead of the next girl.

Organiser Peter Ellis said the Waikanae event, one of two held every year, had a good turnout with 75 runners across three age groups.

For the event competitors has to run, cycle then swim in an on-road course based around Kapanui School, and the Waikanae Pool.

In other results, Kian Deehan, 24:28, and Marseille Bowie, 26:09, won the 8-10 year old races, while the 11-plus grade winners were Rebecca Yorker, 27:19, and Finlay Georgeson, 33:10.

Kapiti Observer