Dom Harvey to be our Run Champion
Dom Harvey, radio host from The Edge, will be our Run Champion at the Try. He’ll be running alongside you cheering you along the first part of the race.
When not on the radio, Dom enjoys a bit of running himself. He’s run 10 marathons – the most recent in Boston earlier this year, which we hear he ran in an extremely respectable time. As well as running, he enjoys music and surfing.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Try, Dom, when we’re sure the Westmere kids can show you a thing or two about running!
Fiona McDonald to be our Water Slide Champion
singer/songwriter and television personality Fiona McDonald will be our
Rip n’ Ripe Water Slide Champion at the Try. She’ll be slipping and sliding
down with you, so watch out for her!
Fiona was the lead singer of the band Headless Chickens in the early 1990s, and was also a singer and one of the songwriters for Strawpeople. Winning awards for New Zealand’s Top Female Vocalist three times, she launched her solo career in 2000 with the album A Different Hunger.
Fiona was one of the judges for the first season of New Zealand Idol, and in 2005 became the host of the New Zealand version of 10 Years Younger. She also presented series two of The Big Art Trip.
She’s run two half-marathons and we hear that one day she’d like to run a full marathon. We hope you’ll be inspired by our budding athletes at the Try, Fiona!
Slide for Christchurch
This year’s Try will feature the chance to sponsor a celebrity of your choice on the water slide!
A game line-up of celebrities are prepared to get wet to raise money for our buddy school in Christchurch, South New Brighton School, so bring along plenty of coins to spur them on. Our line-up includes:
• Wendy Petrie, One News presenter
• Mike McRoberts, TV3 news presenter
• Peter Urlich, musician
• Greer Robson, TV actress
• Gordon Harcourt, Fair Go presenter
• Kate Rodger, TV3 entertainment reporter
• Our own celebrity: the principal of Westmere School!
Bayleys Westmere Kids Try is launched at school assemblies
The Bayleys Westmere Kids Try was launched during the first assembly of the term, at the three participating schools, Westmere, Grey Lynn and Marist Herne Bay.
We were lucky enough to have two top New Zealand athletes speak at the assemblies. Roman van Uden from Pure Black Racing, New Zealand’s first international professional cycling team, told the kids about his racing experiences, including his love of racing fast down hills and how his helmet has protected him during a few crashes. Roman will be riding alongside the kids on the day.
Up and coming triathlete, 20 year old Sophie Corbidge, who has been selected for the 2016 Olympics, told the kids how lucky they were to have an event run for them like this. She began competing at 16 years old and had never had the chance to compete in a triathlon before that.
Tim Welch from Rode wowed the crowd with the latest 2012 GTFly20 BMX bike of which there are two up for grabs at the Bayleys Westmere Kids Try. Tim has also kindly donated a 2011 Cannondale Trail 5 bike, which one of the mums would look great on.
Sonya Lawson told the kids about the line up of prizes and yummy food and entertainment available on the day.
The kids then watched in excitement as images of the 2010 competitors zooming
around the course and down the slide last year flashed up on the screen.
Come on kids, make sure you sign up for the 2011 Bayleys Westmere Kids Try!
Roman van Uden to be our Bike Champion
Roman van Uden from Pure Black Racing, New Zealand’s first international professional cycling team, is coming to the Bayleys Westmere Kids Try to be our Bike Champion. He’ll be riding round the bike course with you cheering you on!
Roman will also be visiting Grey Lynn School on 25 October to help launch the Try at the school assembly.
Roman won the Lake Taupo Cycle Classic 2010, as well as Sprint Jerseys at the Tour of Southland 2010 and the Tour of Utah 2011. However he says his best result was winning the Criterium at the Tour of the Gila (USA) in 2009, beating cycling legend Lance Armstrong.
Thanks for coming to help us at our Try, Roman!
Sophie Corbidge to launch Try at school assemblies
Up and coming NZ triathlete Sophie Corbidge will help launch the Bayleys Westmere Kids Try at school assemblies at both Westmere School and Marist Catholic School Herne Bay on 28 October.
Sophie, who turns 20 in October, has been competing in triathlons since she was 16, when she won the National sprint triathlon. She was voted ASB NZ Female Junior Triathlete of the Year 2008 and 2009, and has been selected by Tri NZ for the 2016 Olympics High Performance Squad. She came 12th (the 1st New Zealander) in the World Under 19 Elite Sprint Triathlon Champs in 2008, and last year came 32nd, less than four weeks after having surgery for appendicitis.
Sophie says she wants to be a professional triathlete in the future, and her ultimate goals are to be on the podium at the Olympic Games and to win the World Championship Series. Go Sophie!
Terenzo Bozzone's Training Tips
"With triathlon being the fastest growing sport on the planet now is your chance to give it a go. There is great variety of doing all the different disciplines and training for triathlons is the best way to get fit and keep healthy. So get out there with your mates, do some training and give the Bike, Run and Slide your best shot. I know you will love it!"
- Terenzo Bozzone, World Champion Triathlete
- Get a bunch of friends and go for a run or bike. Doing it with friends can make training more fun. Try and start with 10 minutes per day and gradually work your way up.
- If you are new to running, start by alternating running and walking between lamp posts. Then you can get up to running 5 minutes and walking 1 minute and so on.
- When your running distance is picking up try and keep on softer surfaces
as much as possible. Like running around fields instead of on pavements.
- Make sure you are having fun! It is much easier to motivate yourself
when you are having fun.
- Set yourself goals. This is an important lesson to learn early in
life. For example a good goal would be "by the end of the week I want
to run non-stop around the block." Or "I want to do the whole Westmere
Try without stopping".