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Super-fit learners from two Whangarei schools worked up a sweat when they fought it out at the inaugural “Battle of the Fittest”, organised by NorthTec sport and recreation students.
Te Kāpehu Whetū ended the day with the glory of being named the fittest, in a close-run contest against Tikipunga High School.
Students from both schools took part in a range of fitness challenges, ranging from rowing and swimming to running and one-minute circuit training. The contest saw them move across several locations, including CrossFit Whangarei, Anytime Fitness, Whangarei Aquatic Centre and Mander Park.
The day was organised and supervised by NorthTec students, Jude Campbell, Matt Rufus-Ellis and Awhina Henry. All three are second-year students who are working towards the Diploma in Sport and Recreation, and will next year complete the Bachelor of Sport and recreation – an AUT degree delivered in Whangarei by NorthTec.
They organised the Battle of the Fittest for their paper on sustainable sports event management, and hope that it will become an annual event in Whangarei, with more schools taking part as it grows.
NorthTec sport and recreation students are based at the ASB Stadium in Kensington, and have access to a state-of-the-art high performance lab, as well as passionate tutors who are highly experienced in their field.
Jude Campbell said for the first Battle of the Fittest, they had invited only two schools to take part, to ensure the event went smoothly. They hoped that in future years, other schools would take on the challenge to win the title of Whangarei’s fittest school.
In this year’s event, Te Kāpehu Whetū were narrow winners in the Max Calorie Row, running and swimming, while Tikipunga High won the One-Minute Exercise routine, racking up the most push-ups, pull-ups and burpees in 60 seconds.
All contestants received a NorthTec prize pack and a 10-visit concession card to Metamorph Fitness, a company run by NorthTec student, Matt Rufus-Ellis, providing personal training and boot camps.
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