This summer, hundreds of Gisborne kids turned out to participate in surfing, skateboarding, scootering, sand-castle building, bomb-competitions, cycling, touch, ultimate frisbee, tug-o-war, pool dodgeball and more, across four epic days of free activities. Our Activators series was a joint-venture with Gisborne District Council, to keep local tamariki bsy and active throughout the school holidays.
The series kicked off with the popular Big Beach Fiesta, a day of beach activities at Waikanae Beach. Sand-castle building was first on the agenda, and teams of kids and whanau raced against the heat and incoming tide to sculpt masterpieces of elephants, octopuses, dragons and toy-story characters, with cash-prizes going to the most intricate of designs. Following this was 2 hours of free surf lessons with iconic Gisborne surf coach, Frank. The day wound down with beach athletics, football and a free BBQ.
The following Saturday saw a crowd of kids and adults flock to the Alfred Cox Skate Park for Actvsk8, a skate and scooter competition. The afternoon featured fast-moving, informal competitions for the young and old, with big prizes courtesy of Kingpin! Whanau were kept entertained by a live DJ, and a BBQ.
Wicked Water Wednesday was our third event of the series, an afternoon of free activities at the Olympic Pool Complex. Kids tug-o-war’ed, bombed, slid and swam the afternoon away, and things were wrapped up with another BBQ. The main event was certainly the bomb competition, in which kids bombed, flipped and dove into the turbulent waters of the pool complex’s diving pool, to crown a junior and open East Coast Bombing Champion.
All good things come to an end, and that end came in the form of our Kaiti Kids Fun Day at Ilminster School. The highlight of the afternoon was kids having the opportunity to take the first ride on Ilminster’s brand new ‘Bikes in Schools’ cycle track and skills area. The new facilities were a big hit, and will be an asset to the school moving forward. After cycling, kids participated in ultimate frisbee, touch and much deserved pool activities, on what was a scorching day.
Thanks to our sponsors Kingpin, The Hits Gisborne, Gisborne District Council and the Gisborne Olympic Pool, and most importantly, thanks to everyone that came along!