Triathlon lets kids ‘be normal again

Monday May 18, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Seven-year-olds Sofia Taripo and Zion Peyroux can’t hide their enthusiasm, moments before their big race. 20051713 Seven-year-olds Sofia Taripo and Zion Peyroux can’t hide their enthusiasm, moments before their big race. 20051713

Amid worrying news about the illness of much-loved teacher Grace Archer, Apii Te Uki Ou students have held a triathlon that brought together the whole school community.

Well-known local photographer and videographer Tokerau Jim was working with student Konini Rongo, who took these photos at the Ngatangiia rugby grounds.

“Highlight number one is just seeing the kids out and seeing them able to touch and hug and be normal again,” said Jim, who’s a parent at the school. “With all that’s happened you tend to forget what that used to look like.

“Secondly was observing how amazing the teachers and older students were at taking care of the younger ones all right through the event. It was really wonderful.

“The support from the parents have always been impressive too. Just love it.”

Archer was flown to New Zealand with listeria, and is critically ill in hospital. She has been joined by her partner Theo Warrick, another Te Uki Ou teacher.

Off at speed, sx-year-old boys Christian Williams, left, Tobias Tatuava, Iraia Fe'ao, Dominic Akava and Tangata Melvin. 20051715

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