Mahina Taylor-Young, Ben Cinzah, Simon Thang and Sui Tha Mawi try out the new pump track at Victory Primary School. Photo: Kate Russell.

Pumped for bike track

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Victory Primary School students have been welcomed back to school after the Covid-19 lockdown with their very own pump track.

The school is the latest on a fastgrowing list around Nelson to receive one, thanks to the Bikes in Schools Charitable Trust, who also provided a fleet of 40 bikes to the school last year.

The track, which snakes around an under-utilised back field, was completed at the end of May and only took a week to build. Principal Helen Taylor-Young says the pump track will help support the school’s physical activity programme.

“It also provides equity for students who want to learn how to ride bike but haven’t been able to, which has often been an issue.”

She is hoping to run some sessions with Sport Tasman this year to help teach students some bike skills.

Eight-year-old student Freya Goodwin thinks the track is an “amazing” addition to the school.

“It’s bumpy and got good corners. Normally in mountain biking areas the corners are really hard.”

The project was organised by Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health promoter Aaryn Barlow.