Wednesday December 21, 2016
Local organisation Community teams up to get every single student to TRY helps young people onto bikes Local community organisations have banded together to ensure all students in Lower Hutt can participate in next year’s Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. YouthWise Trust’s Biketec, Hutt City Council, Sanitarium and local cycle businesses Avanti Plus Lower Hutt and Cycle Science have teamed up for the ‘Donate Your Bike for Good’ campaign, and are asking the community to help. The ‘Donate your Bike for Good’ campaign asks people to drop off their old bike and helmet to Avanti Plus Lower Hutt or Cycle Science before Christmas and receive a $50 store credit towards the purchase of a new bike. The bike’s condition would not matter as they would be restored and made ready for use by Biketec. These bikes would enable more Lower Hutt students to participate in the TRYathlon in March 2017 and in other
future events, teaching them a valuable skill for life and removing access to a bike as a barrier to participation. In 2016, 1,077 students completed the Kids TRYathlon. More than 200 of them did so using some part of the access package put together by Biketec and the council. The package included subsidised entries, access to pools and to bikes and cycle skills training. The Lower Hutt community generously donated bikes and helmets which enabled sixty students without bikes of their own to train for and race in the TRYathlon. Those 60 donated bikes have remained in schools for students to gain skills and keep active. Two hundred and fifty subsidised entries for the TRYathlon have already been taken up by the lower decile schools.
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Simon Gilbert fixing a bike. By Emma McAuliffe
A local organisation has been helping out behind the scenes getting children on bikes. Biketec is a programme part of Youth Wise Trust, which seeks to join youth development with health, education and community involvement based in Wainuiomata. It has been running for three years. As part of this the programme gives local young people the opportunity to learn to ride and maintain a bicycle. Locally this has included maintaining bikes at to Fernlea School and helping with bikes for the Weetbix TRYathlon next year, Biketec manager Simon Gilbert said. “We’ve been fixing up a whole lot of bikes for Fernlea School that had been previously donated. This works in with the bike track at the school. “We’re the only organisation building
bikes for kids to use at the TRYathlon. It should help over 50 kids to do it. [We’ve built and fixed so many bikes] 55 young people who couldn’t do it beforehand can do it now,” he said. Simon said as well as building and maintaining bikes for schools around Lower Hutt, Biketec also helped children learn how to maintain their own bikes. “We also teach bike maintenance in schools. At primary school we teach basic things like pumping a tyre and in high school they learn to fault find,” he said. They had also trained other young people to become bike mechanics as well as taking young people up the Wainuiomata Trail Project, he said. For more information on Biketec head to their Facebook page or to www.biketec. org.nz/
Things got a little ugly after Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker’s world title win in Auckland on Saturday. Both the general public and many within boxing circles both nationally and internationally are split over whether he won the fight against Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jr. The head of New Zealand Boxing Lance Revill labelled the result as “bulls***” and believes Ruiz was “ripped off” after losing on points. Revill is a former boxer and respected referee. Others have said David Tua, a man who fought for the unified world title against Lennox Lewis in 2000, would dispose of Parker easily. I had Parker winning by one round, after he finished the stronger of the fighters in the last six rounds of the 12-round bout. I’m by no means a boxing expert but I felt Ruiz didn’t land many telling blows despite pressing forward at every opportunity. While Parker didn’t look destructive either, he scored with his jab at will
Junior cricket players Junior cricket players continued their success on the pitch at the weekend. The year six team played the Hutt Valley Aces and won 160-110. Udaraka Wanigaasighe scored 18 runs and Milan Patel scored 11. Wainuiomata’s year 6s have so far played three games and have won two of them. Weekend sport will restart in the new year.
Milan Patel. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography
Udaraka Wanigaasighe. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography
late in the fight. The jab isn’t going to knock a boxer out but it does cause damage and is often used as a set-up punch for more devastating strikes. Parker’s defence, an often overlooked trait, is also excellent. For the public, the 24-year-old is a tough fighter to watch. Unlike Tua, he’s not a knockout artist. Tua’s fights had an easy story to be told and to read. Tua came in, big punch, opponent is knocked out, Tua wins - simple. Parker seems happy to work long into a fight and use his height, reach and superior hand speed, none of which Tua had, to win fights. Parker’s style is not as explosive or visually appealing. He is also fighting in a weaker heavyweight division than Tua fought in. It’s my opinion Tua could have won a world title in this era of multiple champions. However, Parker deserves some credit - by hook or by crook he created history and has the belt to prove it.
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