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!