Schools meet police fitness challenge
Positive interaction between police and kidsKAT DUGGAN
Marlborough Boys' College have taken out the annual police fitness challenge against other Marlborough colleges for the fifth year running.
Three teams of four from Marlborough Boys' College, Marlborough Girls' College and Queen Charlotte College took part in the physical competency test, which has to be passed by anyone wanting to join the police force.
Police youth aid officer Dean Buckley said the competition was introduced in 2009 as a way for the police to interact with young people and had at least 1000 participating students since it began.
"It's a great way for a real positive interaction between police and our kids," he said.
"We've had a lot of support from the schools, it's part of prevention and getting involved [with kids] like this rather than because they are in trouble."
Each year they visited the three schools, as well as primary schools in the region, and the students had a chance to complete the course during lunchtime or physical education classes as a trial for the event.
The schools then had to choose four students each to compete in the competition which was held at the Girls' College yesterday afternoon.
Students had to run 200 metres, jump through a window, over a fence and over a gate, crawl under hurdles, walk across a beam and carry water containers and push a trailer a short distance.
This year Marlborough Boys' took first place with an average time of 1 minute 52 seconds, followed by Queen Charlotte College with 1:59 and Marlborough Girls' with 2:02. Mr Buckley said the girls had a discounted time because of the strength advantage enjoyed by the boys.
The fastest boy yesterday was Boys' College student Cody Weir with a time of 1:45, and the fastest girl was Sarah French, of the Girls' College with a time of 2:17.
- The Marlborough Express