Errol Newlands has been delivering Secondary School events for Waikato student-athletes through his Red Events, event management company for almost eighteen years. On behalf of Waikato Secondary Schools Sports Association in the last twelve month he has facilitated the following events, the Waikato Schools individual and team events Triathlons, individual and team events Duathlons and the North Island Schools Cycling championships all staged at Might River Lake Domain at Karapiro. The Waikato SS Cycling championships and Mt Biking championships were held at Paterangi School and the Te Miro Mt Biking Park respectively.
Errol started his work running school events around 2000 while his own son attended Te Awamutu College where he and the Awamutu Cycling Club wanted to foster further cycling and triathlon events in the school sector for the region.
For Triathlons he initially supported the events previously run through Hillcrest High sports department and 2005 staged the NZSS Triathlon Championships at Karapiro Domain initially with approximately 120 participants. In years of staging the event before being circulated across the country to new venues each year the number grew to over 800 participants.
For many years dating back to the 70s, the NISS cycling championships was staged at a Ngaruawahia High centred course before moving to Cambridge district where for the last four years Errol and his team of key supporters have staged the event.
In his time managing events there has been a couple of big shifts in focus like the required Traffic management and Health & Safety planning. He acknowledges a trend in less Bay of Plenty schools attending here when once they contributed about 80% of competitors to a real growth in Waikato Schools including the Primary and intermediate aged competitors
The excellent environment in the Waipa districts, its location and support of Waipa District Council, and the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro it is hoped these events will continue to foster active students.
Our rangatahi are trying to tell us something: whatever we are doing to encourage them to choose physical activity is not working for them.
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