Ashbrook delights in bike freedom

Thursday, August 11, 2016

YEAR 3 student Talan Mansell takes delight in heading out
on the track. Photos Sven Carlsson OB1717-02

BICYCLES and bike tracks donated by a charitable trust could amount to the “beginning of an Olympic dream”, Ashbrook School principal Richard Mitai says.
One storage container, a prepared track, 50 bicycles and helmets and bicycling instructions have been donated to the school by the Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust.
Mr Mitai officially declared the track open at midday on Tuesday.
A small ceremony, which included board of trustees member Keita Wiki helping student Kylie Williams cut a ribbon across the track, occurred before the helmet-equipped students hurried to test their new bikes.
The sun shone and there were smiles aplenty.
“This is the beginning of your Olympic dreams,” Mr Mitai said as the pupils raced off.
Mr Mitai said the bicycles and helmets were worth $11,000, plus gst.
“They also showed us how to build the track and gave us the container for storing the bicycles safely,” he said.
“We are the first school in the district to benefit from the Bikes in Schools programme.”

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