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Taupō students have custom bicycle helmet designs made

Taupō students have custom bicycle helmet designs made

The winners of the ‘design your own helmet’ competition (front from left to right) Honey Rata – Hurst, Mila Whelan, Suji Bramall, George Fisher and Zendaya Jenner had their creations presented by Sarah Wraight from Taupō District Council (back) .

Young people from Taupō District have put on their thinking hats and created creative designs for this year’s ‘design your own helmet’ competition.

Road safety coordinator Sarah Wraight said there were 324 entries from “some very talented tamariki” representing around 20 schools.

Choosing the five winning entries for the Taupō District Council competition was difficult, but the best designs were selected and professionally sprayed onto helmets for the budding artists.

The judges were Councilor Anna Park, Cath Oldfield from Bike Taupō and Pack and Pedal’s Hendon Gillies.

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Many of the top helmets chosen had local landscapes and wildlife as themes, including Suji Bramall and George Fisher’s designs for lake and mountain scenes.

Fellow winner Honey Rata-Hurst used a ‘Mangakino magic’ design and Mila Whelan opted for bright patterns.

The jury noted that youngest category winner Zendaya Jenner was the first designer to use dried flowers in her entry.

The competition is part of the council’s wider initiative to encourage the use of active and sustainable transport, in line with the pedal-safe cycling programme.

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Pedal Safe is offered to schools in Taupō and the wider Waikato region to teach children the basics of cycling safety and boost their confidence on two wheels.

Students learn on- and off-road skills, as well as the importance of safety checks on helmets, bikes and clothing.

The helmets were donated by Top Gear Cycles, Evo Cycles, My Ride, Torpedo 7 and Pack and Pedal.

The winners of the competition are:

  • Ages 5-6: Zendaya Jenner, 6, from Hilltop School
  • 7-8 years: Mila Whelan, 8, from Taupō Primary School
  • Ages 9-10: Suji Bramall, 10, from St. Patrick’s Catholic School
  • 11-12 years: Honey Rata-Hurst, 12, from Mangakino School
  • Judges’ Choice: George Fisher, 11, homeschool