Bush Telegraph - 2021-11-22


Ten complete 100km Waisplash Challenge


Dave Murdoch

Fourteen started the Waisplash 100km Challenge on July 1 and 10 finished on November 1 after an extension due to lockdown. This was twice the number from last year and some like Harold Orsborne and Di Eagle back for the second time. The challenge — to complete 100 kilometres in the Waisplash pool in two months by swimming, walking and aqua-aerobics with no more than 2km per day — was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants — so much so that most are continuing the weekly routine just to stay fit and feel good. Lockdown was a bit difficult to cope with, being unable to come to the pool and making the participants feel frustrated and anxious. They were clambering at the door at 6am when level 2 came into force. For 10 to complete the challenge with sisters Lorraine McKay and Annette Waterman, 144km and 122km respectively, well exceeding the target is a tribute to their enjoyment and the motivating of staff particularly Millie-Sioux Riwai and Aqua-aerobics instructor Api Churchouse. Their enthusiasm and passion kept them coming back, particularly the aquaaerobics Monday, Wednesday and Friday which attracted up to 30 a time at 9.15am and Tuesday, Thursday at 6pm. Travelling the furtherest was Di Eagle who came from Pahiatua three times a week, saying the three-hour round trip was well worth it to keep fit and mix with such a nice bunch of people. Waisplash manager Philomena Beale said she was thrilled with the event which helps keep the pool in use along with the swim school which is running well.


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