Whitireia hosts Porirua Grand Traverse 2017

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Whitireia has continued its long-standing relationship with Porirua Grand Traverse, hosting the popular multi-sport event at the Porirua campus on Sunday.

This year’s event attracted more than 800 starters, including double Olympic gold medal rower Mahe Drysdale. The two-time Olympic champion paddled the kayak leg for a multisport team that also included Porirua Mayor Mike Tana and New Zealand mountain running champion Dougal Thorburn, before enjoying the 7.5km Arena Fitness Fun Run/Walk with wife Juliette and son Boston.

Defending champion Daniel Jones once again took out the men's multisport title, while reigning Coast to Coast two-day champion Kathryn Bunckenberg was victorious in the women's event.

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A Porirua Grand Traverse competitor approaches the finishing line at the Whitireia campus atrium.

The Porirua Grand Traverse attracts some of the country’s best athletes, but event manager Michael Jacques says, first and foremost, it is a great community occasion.

“We started this event to showcase Porirua’s awesome outdoors, and to get locals experiencing their own backyard.”

Whitireia is proud to host the annual Porirua Grand Traverse and congratulates Michael and his team on another fantastic event. A big congratulations must also go to the numerous Whitireia staff members who participated in one or more of the event options on the day. Ka mau te wehi!

See you all at the starting line next year!

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