Press Release – Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre
The 100 most adventurous young teens in New Zealand – including teams representing two Auckland schools – have been found and now they prepare to face off in the outdoor challenge of their lives.
Round one has just finished in the 2012 Get2Go Challenge, organised by the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoors Pursuits Centre of New Zealand, with support from Youthtown.
Twelve mixed-gender school teams will now compete for the national title in the Get2Go Challenge final from December 10 to 14, at the OPC base on Great Barrier Island, near Auckland. Each won their regional Get2Go competition. They are:
Whangarei Boys’ High School/Whangarei Girls’ High School (combined team)
Takapuna Grammar School
Mt Albert Grammar School
Thames High School
Trident High School
Taradale High School
New Plymouth Boys’ High School/New Plymouth Girls’ High School (combined team)
Wanganui High School
Wellington College and Wellington Girls’ College
Cashmere High School
Dunstan High School
The competition, now in its seventh year, is New Zealand’s premier adventure sport event for this age group (mostly 13 and 14 year olds). Teams of eight, representing their schools, get stuck into a range of fun but testing challenges, including orienteering, kayaking, problem solving, rock climbing and mountain biking. The Amazing Race-style competition is the equivalent to the Hillary Challenge for senior secondary students. They need no special outdoor experience to enter – just a give-it-a-go attitude.
“You don’t make the finals of Get2Go without a lot of enthusiasm, courage and teamwork, so the 12 teams who’ve made the finals deserve a lot of kudos,” says OPC events manager Darren Ashmore.
“Of course, the Get2Go challenge is about much more than getting the most points. It’s about these students putting their hands up in the first place and then getting out there and having fun with their teammates, while learning new skills.
“The feedback we get from schools is that many of the thousands of students who take part in Get2Go go home afterwards and join sports and outdoors clubs. That’s what we like to hear – OPC is all about giving young New Zealanders an introduction to the many cool activities that are on our doorsteps.”