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Four Waimakariri District schools went head to head at Kaiapoi Promotion Association’s first interschool challenge this week at Murphy Park, competing for a trophy donated by the Lions Club of Pegasus Town.

All 350 year five to eight students from Ohoka, Pegasus Town, Kaiapoi Borough and St Patricks were buzzing with excitement as they lined up for the big loop track and relay race made up of twelve inflatable obstacles provided by Inflatarun.

Inflatarun director Graham Moss says during lockdown he decided to create something fun for rural schools to enjoy without travelling into Christchurch city.

The result? Designing fifteen inflatables, shipping them from China and bringing twelve of them to Murphy Park for this interschool competition.

Kaiapoi Borough students Summer Bartlett and Makayla Krahagen were eager to compete against each other, saying it looked really fun.

Their teacher Bron Rankin said it was great to see their local park being used for the occasion and the schools intermingling and cheering one another on.

Waimakariri District Council Mayor Dan Gordon attended and saw first-hand how much the students enjoyed participating.

“Thanks to Kaiapoi Promotion Association for initiating this fun event for students to enjoy. I’m really thrilled it’s being offered to so many students throughout the Waimakariri District. Any opportunity that gives young people the opportunity to be out in the outdoors and exercising but also having fun is something to be encouraged. I hope this event can be organised again next year.”

Event manager Tracy Inwood says she hopes it can continue to be a free annual event.

KPA Chairman Martin Pinkham said they were able to use a small bit of funding left over from the Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival to make this first event free and accessible for the schools.

“It’s fantastic to see all the schools together like this. We want people to know that Murphy Park is a great venue and Kaiapoi is a fun place for people to do things.”

The results for the day were:

Individual Awards:

  • 1st Year 5: Beau Liggins
  • 1st equal Year 6: Conner McKenzie and Zyon Faimalo
  • 1st Year 7: Tom Waghorn
  • 1st Year 8: Dan Keating
  • Most Sportsmanship: Charlotte Donovan
  • Most Motivated: Ryan MacLean

School awards

  • 1st: Pegasus Bay School
  • 2nd: Kaiapoi Borough School
  • 3rd: St Patrick’s School



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