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Waimea College will get a sixth shot at winning the Get2Go Challenge on Great Barrier Island in December after winning the regional finals at Rabbit Island on Monday.

The top Waimea team made no race of the regionals, winning the mountainbike race, problem solving challenges and orienteering with a total of 530 points. A combined Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls team was second on 350 points while Waimea’s second team was third on 300 points – eight teams contested the event.

The five-day final to be held on Great Barrier Island in December will feature the top 12 teams of eight year nine and 10 students from schools around New Zealand. Waimea will be aiming to go one better than their second-placing last year when they finished just behind Trident School.

“The students had the biggest winning margin in the six years the school has been doing it,” Waimea teacher and coach Jane Orbell says. “They won because they had better team strategies to overcome the numerous challenges put their way and slick transitions and good team communication and team roles.

“We now will be looking ahead to Great Barrier Island which means some very hard fitness training running in the Richmond Hills and improving our technical skills in terms of climbing, kayaking, raft building and sailing.”

The winning Waimea College team included Cameron Jones, Mac Karalus, Finn Mitchell, Zac Richardson-Hall, Emma Charles, Britney Kerr, Maggie McLean and Keyle Brown.