From trainer wheels to triathletes, the focus was on bicycle fun and safety at The Armidale School’s Junior School Bike Day on Friday (25 November).
The boys and girls from Transition to Year 5 brought their bikes, helmets and enthusiasm and gained practical skills, assisted by staff and triathletes from Senior School.
Safe braking, bridge crossings, jumps, obstacles, road rules and emergency stopping were popular activities, before students took on a buddy spinning the pedals in a side-by-side cycle challenge called Race your Mate, run by Armidale Bicycle Centre.
After lunch, all students took part in a triathlon, either in teams (from Kindergarten) or individually (from Year 2). Distances ranged from 25m swim, 200m ride and 200m run for the youngest competitors, to 75m/400m/400m for Years 4 and 5.
Year 5 student Tom Ball was awarded the Sarah Heagney Memorial Shield for winning the senior individual triathlon.
“There was lots of fun to be had during the various activities, and while the triathlon is a fun challenge it’s not easy for everyone, “ Head of Junior School Mr Ian Lloyd said.
“To me the most best part was that everyone had a go, and that is as important to me as whether people competed as individuals or as a team, or came first, second or third.”