Upper Hutt Young Cyclist of the Year competition a great success

24 July 2012

Totara Park School have the claim to fame of taking the title at the Upper Hutt Young Cyclist of the Year competition.  On 14 June this year, the NZ Police and Upper Hutt City Council hosted the event that brought together children from a number of schools around the city.  Police Education Officer, Senior Constable Kerry Fenton, led the teams in a practical bike skills test and a theory test on their understanding of the road rules.  Meanwhile, Andrew Hanlon from The Cycle Centre, performed safety and mechanical checks on all the bikes. 

The competition drew entries from 40 participants from eight schools, the biggest turn-out in history for this event.  Each participant was able to score a maximum of 150 points during the competition, and the winning team scored 434 points for the best three of four cyclists – only dropping a remarkable 16 points over the entire event.

Senior Constable Fenton has recently been working with schools to enhance students’ cycle knowledge and skills, and to improve their safety awareness.  His efforts have obviously been successful as three out of the top four teams had participated in his lessons. 

It is great to see the efforts from these dedicated people make a difference in the community and the valuable lessons will certainly enhance the students’ knowledge of road safety and cycle skills.  It is hoped that more schools in Upper Hutt will take up Senior Constable Fenton’s offer to come and work with their students.

Winning team from Totara Park School

Winning team from Totara Park School (left to right):

Troyden Hardcastle, Fynn McCulloch, Senior Sergeant Shane Benge, Brianna Kirkham, Aden Sadler