Tough Kids tackle big obstacles

Dipton School year 7 pupils at the Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kid event held at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

NEARLY 2000 tough kids leapt, bounded and crawled their way through a giant obstacle course in Invercargill last week.

Presented by Sport Southland, the Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kid event attracted 1600 school pupils from throughout Southland and as far as Stewart Island, to Rugby Park.

Sport Southland communications manager Nathan Burdon said the course was purpose-built to give children the motivation to do “what they’re made to do”

“It’s fantastic to see, you give them a good opportunity, create a bit of hype and they’ll just get out and do it… you can see the smiles on their faces, they absolutely love it.”

The event had been running for about eight years, with a course made up of plenty of obstacles for children to navigate including cargo nets, cable reels, climbing walls and slides.

Mr Burdon said it was great to see such a successful turnout, including pupils from Halfmoon Bay School on Rakiura/Stewart Island.

“We love the fact that Stewart Island made the effort to come over the strait and take part.”

Some schools were unable to make it due to the travel distance, including Te Anau School.

However, they improvised by setting up their own event, similar to Tough Kid.

Winton School pupil Macey Hubber said while she was “puffed and tired” from tackling the course, the whole day had been really fun.Nike Sneakers