Pupils challenged to complete police test

Ready to race . . . More than 45 teams of year 7 and 8 pupils from primary schools around the Clutha district headed to the Cross Recreation Centre for the Police Physical Competency Test Challenge on Monday last week in Balclutha. PHOTOS: EVELYN THORN

Gearing up . . . Romahapa School pupils prepare to begin the test, starting with pushing a trailer and collecting a tyre from inside to carry to a destination on the course.

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Pupils put their skills to the test last week in a challenge that included carrying tyres, climbing over makeshift fences, walking on beams and pushing large trailers.

Balclutha’s Cross Recreation Centre hosted the Police Physical Competency Test Challenge for primary schools around the district last Monday.

Organised by Constable Rochelle Gordon, the challenge aimed to test year 6, 7 and 8 pupils with the same fitness assessment police conduct every two years.

Forty›five teams of four pupils from schools gathered together to complete the course.

Rosebank Primary School’s Blue team won the Lis Bartlett Trophy with a completion time of 3min 46sec.

‘‘It’s really rewarding to see those that struggle get through the course, and to see their looks of achievements,’’ Const Gordon said.

‘‘We hope to keep offering this great day for years to come with the help of our local police staff and the police physical trainer.’’

Up and over. . . Romahapa Primary School pupil Tilly Gregory
(13) climbs over a makeshift fence during the challenge.
Helping hands . . . Clinton School year 7 and 8 pupils demonstrate excellent teamwork,
helping their team members over a wall in the challenge.