Waimea College will be heading back to Great Barrier Island in December to defend its national Get2Go Challenge title after winning the Tasman regional final in Nelson on Monday.
Ten teams and 80 students from 10 schools competed in the regional finals of Get2Go which featured mixed teams of eight year 9 and 10 students competing in a series of outdoor challenges. The regional final started with a mountainbike relay race at the A & P Showgrounds before teams ran and biked along the cycleway to Saxton Field where they completed a problem-solving challenge and rogaine around Stoke and Richmond.
Waimea 1 established a one point lead over the top Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls combined team in the mountainbiking before securing the title with a comprehensive win in the rogaine. Waimea finished with 292 points with Nelson 1 second on 264 and Garin third on 255 – Waimea 2 was seventh on 214 points.
Although Waimea was recording its eighth successive win in the Tasman regional finals, teacher Jane Orbell says this year’s final was closer than previous years. Jane says there were more teams and the competition was tight until the rogaine when Waimea scored 250 points, 60 more than Garin and 80 more than Nelson 1.
“It’s great to see more schools competing and how much all the students have improved,” Jane says. “It’s also good to see Motueka entering a team for the first time – it’s becoming really competitive now which is good for the sport.
“It was close until the rogaine where our team did very well. I think they did a good job of planning their route around the course and that made the difference.”
The Waimea team of Jamie Bartlett, Kendall Shuker, Millie Thurlow, Johanna Harrison, Luke Clatworthy, Gus Smith, Marco Fon and Keyle Brown will now compete in the national final on Great Barrier Island in December.