Fun at Puzzling World Junior Challenge

Date: 17th January 2012

Over 270 children from throughout New Zealand marked the opening of the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival with the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka.

The children, aged between six and 15, swam, biked and ran through Lake Wanaka and around Pembroke with not only personal pride at stake but also a spot as a balloon kid, running down the finish chute behind the winners of Challenge Wanaka next Saturday.

“Wow, those kids were tough today,” said Challenge Wanaka director, Victoria Murray-Orr. “I can’t believe we woke to snow on the hills this morning but that wasn’t going to stop these guys – it was awesome to see so many youngsters having so much fun.”

The Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival continues tomorrow (Monday) with the Radio Wanaka 5km Charity Fun Run followed by Swim the Course on Wednesday morning. Some of the world’s top short course athletes will race in Tri NZ’s Contact Cup on Friday night before the flag ship iron distance triathlon, Challenge Wanaka on Saturday 21st, along with the Lake Wanaka Half. For further information, visit

The results from the event are as follows:

Boys – 6-7 years
1st Sam Idiens (7) – Christchurch
2nd Ian Pugh (6) – Tauranga
3rd Caleb Dixon (7) – Cromwell

Girls – 6-7 years
1st Ella Landreth (7) – Landreth
2nd Grace Creighton (7) – Wanaka
3rd Olive-Coco Verkerk (7) – Oamarau

Winning team – 6-7 years
The Rock Stars – Georgia Bailey, Rachel Scovey and Goergia Thomson all six from Queenstown

Boys – 8-9 years
1st Jack Keen (9) – Hokonui
2nd James Suddaby (9) – Wanaka
3rd Jack Findlay (8) – Wanaka

Girls – 8-9 years
1st Jessica Ekroyd (9) – Wanaka
2nd Jaide Dixon (9) – Cromwell
3rd Anneke Philip (8) – Balclutha

Winning team – 8-9 years
WOW – the Women of Wanaka – Ruby Burke, Meg Harroway both 9

Boys – 10-12 years
1st Gregor Findlay (11) – Wanaka
2nd Callum Hancock (10) – Wellington
3rd Roger Kerbus (10) – Wellington

Girls – 10-12 years
1st Mia Pugh (10) – Wanaka
2nd Petra Hartley (11) – Winton
3rd Ellesse Andrews (12) – Wanaka

Winning team – 10-12 years
Zarifah – Kate Zarifah (9), Harry Zarifah (10) Charlie Murray (10) – Wanaka

Boys – 13-15 years
1st Matthew Adams (15) – Rangiora

Girls – 13-15 years
1st Molly Wheeley (12) – Winton

Winning Team – 13-15 years
The Muzzarifs – Jackson Murray (12), Jack Zarifah (13), Samuel Murray (10) – Sumner and Wanaka

For full results, please click here: Junior Challenge Results 2012. This post from Challenege Wanaka on January 16th, 2012

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