Sunday, December 13, 2015

Race day has FINALLY arrived wooohoooo!

Most of you who follow our blog will be familiar with our super tri squad students who have been training for the Iron Māori event in Ahuriri (Napier),  Lee, Collin, Iisa, Stevenson, Nikki, Tyli, Chelsea, Khaia and Quinlan.

Ironmāori Kids from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Last week students and their whānau travelled down to compete in Iron Māori Rangatahi and Tamariki.  I managed to capture some footage on my Go Pro and along with photgraphs from Paul Tiaiti put together this little movie which highlights our day down in Ahuriri.

We hope you are inspired by the event and may think of doing it one day yourself - whether you are Rangatahi, Tamariki or older :)  You can check out the details here!

Ngā mihi nunui ki ngā whānau who travelled down with us to tautoko their kids - thank you for all your support throughout the year.

A special mihi to our awesome supporters.  Variety, Stellar International and YMCA Glen Innes

Monday, November 2, 2015

Our bikes have arrived - yippee!

Our bikes finally arrived today thanks to Variety - The Chidlren's Charitable Trust, Bikes International and Stellar International.   I asked the kids to share their experience when first seeing the bikes with our followers and here are their reactions:

Lee - It was the first time the tri squad had ever seen the new bikes, all the bikes were blue. We also go a few things like, two t-shirts, a helmet, a cap, a wristband also a book. We all thought that it was pretty cool and that we were really lucky. We had to put our tees on, our cap and our helmet to take a photo. We grabbed our bikes and left to the reserve. They were a bit big on us, We changed the gears and things like that, it made it so much easier, the team had to make a movie to say thank you, can’t wait to go down to Napier.
Quinlan - Yesss!  We have finally received our new bikes. I am so happy that they have come. Straight away when we got our bikes we had to run outside and look at them we all really wanted to just hop on and start riding.  About 20 minutes later it was time for us to take some photos. Our whole Triathlon team were so excited to see them. The bad thing about the bikes is that some were too big because we just grabbed any bike and didn’t look at the sizes. I couldn’t even hop onto the bike, I was very disappointed.

Later on, I learnt how to hop onto the bike, we eventually got to ride them. We rode our bikes around the Point England Reserve. After we biked around for a little bit, we took some more photos, and also some videos.  They helped us get these awesome, cool, blue bikes. They all gave us a bike each.

Our Triathlon team is very happy and excited to start riding and practising to get ready for the day we are racing. We would like to thank, Merida or Bikes International, Stellar International, Variety and my mum.

Khaia:  HOORAY we finally got our bikes for the tri-squad. We went on our first ride down on the reserve and the first time I had hoped on to the bike I instantly knew I couldn’t reach it. Miss Tito told me to hop onto the bar then onto the seat, so I did and it worked and I was on my way to the reserve.

We got to the reserve and Miss Tito said to go ride around the field to see what it feels like. I actually found it difficult because the pedals were very flimsy. Then she said to go into second gear which made it much easier to ride. I was off and Miss Tito called us back to say thank you to all our sponsors starting with Variety shouting thanks Variety. Next we thanked Bikes International for the Merida bikes, then Stella International and Quinlan's mum.

Then we all got the chance to ride up to Ms Tito saying things that we are looking forward to. It was my turn and as I rode up Collin decided to crash into me right when I said “Napier here we come”. Everything was fine nothing broken but  I was angry with Collin and when I got up Collin kept repeating “I’m sorry”. We rode our bikes back to school and didn’t speak of it.

I am grateful to be apart of the Tri-squad and I would like to thank everyone who is supporting us and sponsoring us.

Iisa -  On Thursday we were called to the Breeze. Inside waiting for us were 8 blue bikes, leaning on each other. We were all happy and surprised, and wanted to ride them straight away. First we grabbed a helmet and gear bag each. We went into the hall for photos to be taken, and then went outside to cycle at once. We did, and it was fun. 

After cycling around 200m, we starting filming a small thank-you video to all the companies that had sponsored us. Now we can practice cycling on the roads. Yay!  

Stevenson - "WOW!" I whispered in amazement. Our Merida bikes from Bikes International have arrived and they look absolutely awesome.  We tried riding our bikes around the reserve but I was to short to get on so Ms Tito helped me.

Not only that, we also received some goody bags. When I opened my goody bag I pulled out 2 printed t-shirts, notebook, rain poncho, wrist strap and hat. It felt like my birthday! Thanks to Variety, Stellar International, Bikes International and our other sponsors for the gifts.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back into swimming

Last week the Triathlon squad went to the pools for another swim session. The session was devoted on all the techniques we had learnt throughout the term.

After doing some laps non-stop, we grabbed our snorkels and did some more exercises. I still had trouble with the snorkels, but I was a whole lot better then last time.

To finish things off, we had a short race. There were 5 of us attending that session, and we all lined up. We were going to race, all together simultaneously. First was a kicking race. Collin was the victor, and I cam second. Next was a 2-part freestyle race. Stevenson came first, and in the next lap, I came first. The reason we swam so crowded is because in real triathlons, it would've been crowded anyway.

The event we are training for is near, and I look forward to it!

Reported by Iisa 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Iron Māori Whānau Hui

On Friday 16th October our Iron Māori Whānau came together for a much needed hui.  We updated whanau with the latest news regarding bikes, uniforms, fundraising, accommodation and more.

We had a little whanaungatanga session introducing ourselves because for some, it was their first hui.  It was a pleasure to acknolwledge Stellar International for their support by giving us a $1200 donation to help pay for all of the tamariki uniforms:  So they will have a Tri suit, Hoodie, T-shirt and possibly track pants.  Our kids will be reppin' PES with style down in Napier.

We talked through a few more of the organisational tasks and then shared kai. 

It was a great meeting and we have a few fundraising projects in the pipeline.   Keep an eye out in the office area for a grocery hamper and maybe buy a ticket ($2) to support our tri squad.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Term 4 training underway!

On Tuesday the Tri-athletes and Ms Tito went on our first training session for term 4 at the YMCA in G.I.  It was really tiring cycling on the spin bikes, luckily miss Tito turned on the fans or else we would have been sweating like pigs.

 We cycled for 45 minutes at different speeds, it was really hard. Swimming is really difficult for me but I'm getting there. The team is really coming together and we can't wait to compete in 7 weeks time.

Reported by Collin

Thursday, September 10, 2015

VARIETY we love you!

Wooooohoooooo!  We are so pleased to announce that Variety - The Children's Charity, have approved our proposal for purchasing 8 hybrid bikes and helmets for our Iron Māori Triathletes to train on and use during the Iron Māori event.

We are sooooo grateful for their kind and generous support.

On Wednesday morning two of our Triathletes, Iisa and Quilan, represented our Tri squad and school and thanked Variety for their support during the BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge launch.  Variety are one of the main sponsors for this awesome fundraiser.

Our students and the CEO of Variety, Lorraine Taylor, were interviewed by Sam Wallace on TV One's 'Breakfast' show.
It was a super morning celebrating Variety who support many whānau/families in communities like ours.  We are very proud of  Iisa and Quinlan. 

A special mihi to Carly Thomson from Variety who met with us during our application process and helped us put things together.

Our next challenge is to fundraise for the kids tri-suits!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Snorkels to the rescue!

We bought some snorkels for our Tri squad to help them focus on their swimming technique.  They wore them for the first time yesterday.  Here are their reports about their first snorkel experience...

Stevenson:  The snorkels were weird because water kept seeping through which didn't allow me to breathe properly.  I did find a solution to that but I had to play with the snorkel a lot. At first it was easy just swimming without having to turn our head and breath but when we started to do our rotation drill it started to get pretty difficult because I had to keep my head straight.
Overall I enjoyed snorkeling... I'm looking forward to the next swimming session using our snorkels.

Iisa:  Yesterday the Triathlon squad got to use new snorkels delivered to us from Wiggle in England. We were all excited to use them, as many of us haven't used any snorkels before. Personally, I found it mush easier at the start, but as the practice progressed, I found it harder and harder because my head kept going to low, therefore allowing water to come through the top. At one point I accidentally breathed in through my nose.  Overall I enjoyed using the new snorkels. I look forward to using them again, and get better at using them.

Collin:  They were very easy to use and fun.  Using them helped me to focus on my technique instead of trying to breathe the whole time.  The only thing that irritated me was when the water went through the breathing hole when my head moved. They were so much fun and I can't wait until we go to Napier.

Tyli:  I found it really hard to use them properly.  Water kept on getting in the top and I couldn't breathe properly.  it was interesting using them though!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Swimming Time Trials

 Our Tri Squad training is in full swing again.  These last two weeks we have spent time doing swimming time trials and also a run time trial just to see where students were at with their fitness.

Sadly we've had a number of ailments affect our squad over the last few weeks so that's why it's taken us so long to get all our results in.  Flu, tummy bugs and other nasty viruses have been floating around attacking our poor tamariki.

We've decided as a group that our biggest focus needs to be on swimming because most students are struggling with their swim fitness.  We will be training twice a week in the pool and once a week on the spin bikes.  Students are doing their own running training in their own time.  I must admit I've been impressed with their run times.
I'll ask the students if they don't mind posting up their times - I think it would be good because then they can see their progress - and so can their whānau.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Khaia's holiday run

The holidays have started and I started it off with my daily run, from St Heliers to mission bay, my dad had decided to tag along. That day I was going to time myself.  My last time was 20 minutes and I was really looking forward to over taking it. It begins at the 1km mark and then I started.

It took 5 minutes to get from where I started to okahu bay. That was when I started walking but it was only for a little while. I then began to run again and it was then I got a little stitch and it burned but my dad just said to have a little sip of my water and breath slowly and of course I listened and did it surprisingly it worked. When I got near the end of Okahu Bay I saw the 2 km mark and continued my run.

I was getting closer to Mission Bay. My stitch then came back and it was worse than before so I stopped for a little bit and breathed. I started my run again and it took about 3 minutes to actually get to where I needed to go to get to the end of the 3km mark. As soon as I got there I stopped my watch to see that it only took me 12 minutes and 23 second to get there even if there were a couple of stops and there my mum was waiting for us.

I really think my running has improved I hope next time I will beat it.

by Khaia

Monday, June 29, 2015

YMCA awesome lifeguards

Hi everyone.  So, on Thursday we had swimming training and we just learnt how to do fingers , kicking on our backs and rotation. We did all of our drills and we had to do 6 lengths without stopping as a warm up.

Here is a photo of the whole Triathlon Squad (except for Collin) that Miss Tito took of us with some of the AWESOME YMCA staff, who watch over us while we train.  You guys rock!

Reported by Quinlan

Friday, June 26, 2015

Collin's swimming goals

On Tuesday the triathlon squad went with Ms Tito to the Whare Fono to watch ourselves swimming (GoPro footage), so that we could see how we swim and what we needed to work on.

While we were watching the video we had to write down the things we needed to work on. I need to work on keeping my legs straight when kicking and entering my arms in the water at 10 and 2. Another thing I have to do more of is controlling breathing. Sometimes I really find it hard to breath out into the water and blow out through my nose.

 For swimming we train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I think that training is very important for exercise and practice. When we train for swimming practise until we are perfect.  We practise things like different kinds of techniques and how long we can swim. If we’re lucky we’ll get some free time to play and have breathing competitions.

Anyway, I am really enjoying training with the team and Ms Tito is really kind.   I can’t wait until we go to Napier.

Reported by Collin

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quinlan's swim training.

Last Thursday we did swim training for IronMāori. I think it was really challenging but also really fun. The Challenge was that we had to swim 6 lengths without stopping. I could swim 6 lengths but after the 6 lengths my legs were killing me but it was really good for me.

Miss Tito was filming us with the GoPro just to see what our technique looks like and how good we swim. Later on we just did some normal swimming drills like fingers, 6 kick rotation, and side kick breathe drills. We also wore cool swimming caps they said IronMāori on them I really liked the pink one.

Before we hopped out of the pool to get changed, Miss Tito gave us a fun challenge. The challenge was that we had to put a kick board between our legs and then we had to hold on to each other’s ankles and stay like that and try to go to the other side of the pool staying connected. We had to be like a snake it was funny how the boards keep slipping out and popped out into the air.

It was another fun training.

Report by Quinlan 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Practising our swimming techniques.

Our Tri Squad have been practising their swimming techniques.  I thought it would be a great idea to film them so we can take at look at what they are doing in the water.

We'll sit down next week and take a look at their technique and set individual goals for our next few swimming sessions.

Feel free to comment and give the students feedback if you are a swim coach, we value your input :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

My first spin class - Tyli

Photo taken at YMCA Leisure centre - Glen Innes

On Wednesday it was my first spin bike training at the gym.

Before training started we had to set up our bikes.  Ms Tito helped me and showed me what to do for next time.  I was so glad that I had brought my water bottle and sweat towel because I was sweating like a pig.

For our warm up I started slow and was at Level One doing my own pace for 6 minutes.  Once we were warmed up we went into the real thing.  We had to put the level up and cycle 100 rpms which is really fast and we were slowly building up time spent in each level.  It was really fun at the start but then it got so tiring that I started feeling knackered, but I wanted to push myself harder.

After the bike training, I almost fell down the stairs.  It was funny because my muscles felt like jelly.

I really enjoyed my bike training and I can't wait for the next session and the triathlon later on this year.

Reported by Tyli

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Meet the Triathletes!

Kia Ora. My name is Iisa and I am a 12 year old, year 8 student from Pt England School, entering the Iron Māori Rangatahi triathlon at the end of this year.

My interest in this journey will have to be getting better in cycling, running and swimming. I have been average at all 3 and I want to exceed that. I feel that my biggest challenge will be cycling, as I have done that for the least amount of years.

I feel extremely happy, because only 8 of us ended up entering out of 100+ other students. I look forward to seeing how this trip will end, because for now, the trip has just begun!
Kia ora my name is Quinlan. I am 11 years old and I am a Year 7 student from Pt England in Auckland.

I am really excited to be in the Iron Māori Triathlon down in Napier. I really want to work on my swimming, but I am also in a swimming squad down at YMCA Glen Innes on Saturdays.

My challenge is to work on biking on the spin bikes, even though it is really easy and fun but only on level 1,2,3 I have to work on level 6,7 and 8.

This is my story of my journey to the Iron Māori Triathlon.

Kia ora my name is Tyli and I am 12 years old.  I live with my family of 6, my Mum, step-Dad, little brother and my two sisters.

I am really excited about going to Napier to compete in the Iron Māori Triathlon.  This is a great opportunity for me to prove myself in another sport and I know I can do it.  I am not alone, there are 8 of us competing from my school.  We train 4 days a week during lunchtimes.  Mondays and Wednesdays we do cycling on the spin bikes at the YMCA Glen Innes fitness centre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays we practices swimming there too.

My favourite subjects are writing and Maths.  I love sports like Netball, Rugby, Soccer and Basketball.  Wish me some good luck for the triathlon!

 Kia ora, Ko Chelsea tōku ingoa.  I am 12 years old.  I am a whānau of waru, e teina haerērē i a kōtahi te teina iti me tuahine e rua and of course my Māmā and tāhirā Pāpā and me.

Receiving an opportunity to go to Napier and represent my school in the Iron Māori triathlon will be an extraordinary adventure withe some school students and Ms Tito.  The training that Ms Tito has managed to organise for us is helping me gain a lot more progress in my sports.  Being able to do this is an exciting and thrilling feeling.  We train at the YMCA Glen Innes Pools and Leisure Centre.

My favourite thing to do at school is writing and Maths.  I enjoy reading adventure stories.  I also love to play sports like Rugby, Netball, Soccer and Basketball because they're fun and that can also help me in my triathlon.  Every morning and Thursday afternoons I go our for a 3-6km run at the Panmure Lagoon with my Mum and twin sister Tyli.

Kia orana , my name is Khaia and I am 11 years old and I am turning 12 next month. I am part Cook Island, Niuean and Tahitian.  I live in a family of 6, 2 little sisters & 1 big sister, my mum, my dad and I cannot forget me.

Getting the opportunity to go to Napier and represent my school in the Iron Maori triathlon will be an awesome highlight of my life. The training for the triathlon  is helping me improve my training for other sports. We train at the YMCA Glen Innes Pool and Leisure Centre.  Every Monday and Wednesday at lunch time we go to the gym to do some cycling on the spin bikes and every Tuesday and Thursday we practise swimming..

My favourite subject is Maths. I love to play sports like netball and basketball because they are fun and energetic. I play club netball for Willowbank J1.   So far we are winning most of our games.  I also go on 6 km runs every Wednesday or I go around my block 5 times with my friend Lucy. Wish me luck in the triathlon.

 Talofa lava my name is Collin, I am 12 years old  and  I am in the Iron Maori Triathlon training squad.

I joined the Tri Squad because I think that sports is fun. The sport I am struggling most on is swimming and that is why Miss Tito is helping us train for this amazing event. Also I am so glad that YMCA Swimming Pools has helped us by letting us borrow swimming gear and use their spin bikes.
I can’t wait to travel down to Napier.

Fakalofa Lahi Atu, My name is Stevenson and I’m a Year 7 student attending Pt. England School.

This year 8 intermediate students were selected to train for the Iron Maori Tamariki - Rangatahi triathlon which is held annually down in Napier. I was one of the 8 chosen to compete in this amazing event. We have already started bike & swim training at the Glen Innes Y.M.C.A.

I’m feeling nervous because it is going to be my first time competing in a triathlon… also stoked as I will be racing along with my friends!!

Hi my name is Lee, I am a year 8 at Pt England school, I am 12 years old.

I can’t wait to learn better Technique for swimming, because swimming is not my strong point and that will help a lot.

I am feeling pumped about competing in Iron Māori but also quite nervous. I am looking forward to the run and bike ride.