A group of 20 Kuranui College students enjoyed success of a different kind recently, as the school took part in the Tough Guy and Girl Challenge in Wainuiomata for the first time.
With more than 600 students competing from all over the Wellington and Taranaki regions, the intrepid group from South Wairarapa were venturing into the unknown, but PE teacher Emma King was delighted with the results.
“We went over to compete as part of the students’ assessments in a unit on applying training principles for an event: ‘perform a physical activity in an applied setting’,” she explained. “They’ve been training for this for the majority of the term and for our first time going over we did fantastically well and the kids had a blast.
“There was a staggered start, so it’s tough to determine exactly where all the kids came, but we do know that Josh Taylor was 13th out of 603 competitors and we had Jonty Ariell and Sam Hunter also both finish within the top 30.
“The NZQA results don’t come out for another two weeks, but preliminary results show a lot of excellences and merits.
“Heading over there for the first time was a huge unknown, but it was a very successful exercise and we’ve certainly learnt a lot of tricks for next year.”