Challenge gets kids moving

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012
ANDY JACKSON\Fairfax NZ

Sport Taranaki put spare tires to good use.

Quinn Scouller
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TIRELESS EFFORT: St Joseph’s New Plymouth student Quinn Scouller, 9, tackles the tyre obstacle at Sport Taranaki’s Tough Kids’ Challenge, which was put to the test yesterday with 600 children over the course.

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Taranaki's toughest kids took on Sport Taranaki's latest initiative at Yarrow Stadium yesterday.

And judging by the the squeals, the cheering and the chanting, the inaugural Taranaki Tough Kids' Challenge was a huge success.

Sport Taranaki events co-ordinator Terry Long said yesterday's event for more than 600 year 5 to year 8 pupils had been a trial run for something he hopes will continue.

"We've got 600 kids here today and the idea is that they start, and they finish. So it's not about who comes first second or third, it's about completing the course."

The kids were put through their paces and had to manoeuvre through, over and around 14 different obstacles.

"There's a good mixture from tyre pits to hay-bale hurdles. We've got a waterslide and a bit of a bush trek as well so it's a bit of real "Taranakiana".

"They've been buggered as they've crossed the finish line, but they're completing it. Time will tell though - they've got to do it twice."

Mr Long said special needs kids had also taken part in the course from start to finish. "Inviting them along today is pretty special for myself," he said.

Central School teacher Wendy Parks said there had been a massive buildup to the event.

"We have a motto that we learn by doing, so they've all been told to just give it a go. It's great fun."

The Taranaki Daily News caught up with Bell Block Primary School pupil Clark Amor, 11, before he lined up for the course. "I've got massive butterflies, but I can't wait for the waterslide part," he said.

Clark's classmate, Jacob Smith, 10, was pumped after he crossed the finish line. "It was so fun. I'm kind of puffed, but I reckon I could do it heaps more times," he said.

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