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Congratulations to Waimea College, the 2018 Torpedo7 Get2Go Jr Challenge National Champions held on Great Barrier island just before Christmas. They were closely followed by the joint-Whangārei Boys' and Girls' High schools junior team in second place, and New Plymouth Girls and Boys High School in third place.
"What a fantastic effort shown by all the teams,” says Tim Edwards CEO of Torpedo7.
“At Topredo7 we believe that outdoor adventures create memories for life, building confidence that is critical to the well-being of kids in today's world. We are proud to support Hillary Outdoors Get2Go competition and empower this growth for Kiwi kids.”
Now in its 14th year, the Torpedo7 Get2Go Jr comprises a series of fun multi-sport regional events, for year 9 and 10 students from all levels of fitness and experience, culminating in a national Grand Final for qualifying participants. Funds for the event are raised by instore donations from Torpedo7
Torpedo7 Get2Go Jr is organised by Hillary Outdoors and supported by sports clubs and organisations right across New Zealand. It has been designed to encourage a wider participation in outdoor pursuit activities. There are 12 events in the series, held in regions nationwide from the far north as Whangarei and right down to Dunedin. These take the form of one-day challenges that are held in Term 3 each year.
Twelve teams took part in the Great Barrier final event and were put through a range of problem-solving and fitness-testing activities. It’s a little like the Amazing Race mixed together with adventure sports, including rock climbing, orienteering, kayaking, stand-up paddling, mountain biking and a little bit of problem solving.
“The Get2Go final was an amazing week on Great Barrier Island with some of the best junior adventure racers from all corners of New Zealand,” says Darren Ashmore, Hilary Outdoors Event Manager.
“They showed some very high-level teamwork, while pushing their own personal boundaries. We have had a lot of great feedback from the students with many saying that it was the best week of their lives. We are also delighted to see the regional series of events, held in Term 3, growing in popularity. Another 1600 students took part in the 12 events across the country in 2018, which brings the total number of students who have participated in the Get2Go Challenge to more than 20,000 since 2007.”
In the regional one-day events, teams undertake four 60-minute long challenges and attempt each in the allotted time. To maximise their score in each task teams are required to work together, using important team skills such as communication, problem solving, planning and decision making.
1 Waimea College (Nelson/Tasman)
2 Whangarei Girls/Boys (Northland)
3 New Plymouth Girls/Boys (Taranaki)
4 St Pauls/ Waikato Dio (Waikato)
5 St Andrew College (Canterbury)
6 Whakatane High (Bay of Plenty)
7 Taradale High (Hawkes Bay)
8 Westlake Girls/Boys (Auckland)
9 Mt Aspiring College (Central Otago)
10 Fiordland College (southland)
11 Onslow College (Wellington)
12 Epsom Girls Grammar/Rosmini (Auckland)