It's all about giving it a go
They fist-pumped the air, they clutched at the stitch in their sides, they high-fived The Weet-Bix Man as they sprinted for the finish line where each competitor was presented a gold medal.
The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon was exactly what it says on the box. It was about giving it a go, it was about having a try.
Among those handing out medals was Silver Fern netball great and TRYathlon ambassador Casey Kopua, who recalls giving the TRYathlon a go as a nine- or 10-year-old in Hamilton.
“You don't have to be the best as long as you try hard and have a go,” she said. “It exposes you to how sport makes you feel or whether you will continue to take part in triathlons. This is something you can do with your friends.”
The TRYathlon was not held in Gisborne when Commonwealth Games medallist and professional triathlete Tayler Reid was a boy, but he was pleased his younger brother had the opportunity to take part yesterday.
“My little brother Cooper is here and I'm super-stoked. The TRYathlon is about having fun.”
Reid said his own introduction to triathlons was made fun. He fell in love with triathlon competitions and meeting people who shared the same passion.”
Slayer Te Hei, mother of seven-year-old participant Dante, couldn't have been more proud of her son's TRYathlon debut.
“I ran alongside him for the swimming and biking, and his dad ran with him for the run leg to give him support and love to boost him up.”
Nine-year-old Bradley Douglas, who said his favourite things were rugby and drums, enjoyed the event's cycling leg the most.
“I love how fun it is.”
His sister Annabelle like the swim section the most — as well as the peach, coconut and honey breakfast she had at the Kids TRYathlon site at Churchill Park.
While living in Wairoa, the Douglas family used to drive to Gisborne for the event, said mother Tamara. The family has since made Gisborne their home.
“The TRYathlon is awesome,” said Tamara
“It gives kids a taste of a triathlon and doesn't matter how they go. Everyone is cheering and encouraging.”