The first secondary schools triathlon championship to be held in Manawatu took place at Linton Camp yesterday.
The event was arranged to help students gain NCEA credits as well as being an opportunity for the schools' most talented triathletes to compete.
The event saw 60 students from six schools from across the region competing – Feilding High School, Palmerston North Girls' High School, Palmerston North Boys' High School, Dannevirke High School, Tararua College and St Peter's College.
Feilding High have sent students to triathlons in the past as part of their physical education programme, in which they create a training plan and use it to help them compete.
They had the largest number of participants yesterday and saw Stephanie Dickins win the girls' under-19s grade with ease. She had also won the Manawatu schools crosscountry title at Foxton last Tuesday. Rebecca Swainson, of Feilding High, was second yesterday with another Feilding student, Deirdre Roberts, third.
The under-19 boys' triathlon was won by Palmerston North Boys' High School's Damien Lardner who was third in last week's senior boys' crosscountry.
Boys' High also took second place yesterday through Jake Jackson-Grammer, and Feilding were third with Kayne Bettridge.
The under-16s grade saw a strong Palmerston North Girls' High School taking first and second, Jaimee Leader winning it and Amelia Horne second. Third place went to Dannevirke High School's Sloane Hutching.
Leader had been runner-up in the Manawatu schools crosscountry at Foxton last Tuesday.
Boys' High dominated the under-16 event, Nathan McHugh winning it from David Martin. Bryce Hirschberg, from Feilding High was third after a great fight against the Boys' High contingent. He had been second in the intermediate crosscountry.
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