From the school athletics day, 44 students earned a place in the team to represent Wairakei Primary School at the Interschool Athletics competition. Before students left school to compete, Mr Morehu spoke to them about making the most of their opportunity to represent the school. For Year 6s, this was their final opportunity, and for other students, a chance to step up to the next competition level. Winning the trophy for the third year in a row was on the minds of the students. Mr Morehu talked about working hard to earn that opportunity, and also spoke about being gracious in defeat.
At the end of the day with only the relays to go, the result was in the balance. Chants of ‘Let’s go Wairakei, let’s go!’ rang out around Owen Delany Park as the athletes and support crew cheered on the relay teams from the stands.
In nail biting finals, both the boys and girls teams crossed the finish line first to win the Interschool Athletics trophy once again. All Wairakei athletes and supporters were ecstatic at winning for the third year in a row making history. Well done to all of the students that competed. You did yourselves and the school proud.
Thank you to all the teachers, staff, and parents who helped with athletics this term, and to the spectators who turned up to show their support. You really added to the atmosphere and gave students extra motivation to push themselves that little bit harder. A special thank you needs to go out to Sue Maclean and the Taupo Athletics Club for your help, and to Juliet Harris from Double H2Go Water for keeping students hydrated during the school athletics event.