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Top School Compeititon Returns To Rotorua

Top School Compeititon Returns To Rotorua

Top-rating Rotorua broadcaster Mai FM 96.7 is gearing up to host the city's second Top Town competition for high school students next Friday, May 14.

The youth music station has joined forces with Sports BOP, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa, Buffalo Sports, Rotorua Aquatic Centre and Events Venues to stage the Inter-Secondary Schools Top Town challenge at Kahukura Park from 11am.

Mai FM 96.7 account manager Joanna (Jo) Gargiulo says last year's winners - Rotorua Lakes High School - can expect stiff opposition as students, teachers and parents compete for the pride of being Rotorua's top secondary school.

"We have 24 teams that have entered the competition this year which is nearly 200 students," Jo says. "That's double the number of participants from last year!"

Each school is allowed to enter two teams made up of one 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th former as well as a teacher.

The students have to complete a series of 'wet and wild' activities to test their skills of teamwork, problem solving, speed, skill, agility and stamina. The final activity will be held at the 25-metre pool inside the Rotorua Aquatic Centre.

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust will provide first, second and third place prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 to go towards sporting equipment or sports teams, and spot prizes will also be available on the day.

The Top Town trophy has been supplied by Truss Jewellers and the winning team will be dressed from head to toe, while Nestle and Meadowfresh have again come to the party with product and prizes.

Jo says teamwork is the focus this year, and the events have been designed around this theme.

"We're especially grateful to the sports and recreation students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa who have incorporated the organisation of the activities into their curriculum, such as inventing the games, trialing them, implementing them and conducting risk management," Jo says.

"The students will also be there on the day looking after the running of the event and will each be responsible for a particular game."

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