Over two hundred students battled it out over swim, bike and run to gain points for their school and to challenge for the coveted Rick Wells Trophy held at Coyle Park Point Chevalier. This was the second edition of the Rick Wells Trophy, an inter school triathlon for years five and six, organised by Black Sands Triathlon Club and Auckland Sport.
This year the event has grown to including ten schools from across Auckland and Waiheke. Black Sands delivered a triathlon program within each school and four familiarisation sessions before the event, so when it came to race day the students were fired up and ready to go.
The competitors were treated to perfect conditions on race day and they really put on a show. Two hundred and fifty starters across eight waves. Firstly, a one hundred metre swim off Point Chev Beach, then a run up to transition in Coyle Park. Jumping onto the bike for a two kilometre ride around Point Chev and then back into the park for a one kilometre run. Point Chevalier School were defending champs and it was a very tight contest. Ponsonby and Grey Lynn took third and second but it was Westmere School who would take the trophy this year with the strongest team across the four categories.
Huge thanks to Sport Auckland for the funding and support, our Youth Coach Rochelle Young, our Event Director Mattie Beattie, all of the committee and volunteers for their efforts and of course all the participants and schools. It was an awesome day and we are looking forward to next year!