The secondary school battle for first place is intense
The Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge (video) is undoubtedly the toughest adventure competition for high school students and the battle for first is intense because it is a prestigious and highly coveted title for schools to achieve. Not only does this event require a high level of physical and mental fitness, being a team sport, members need the ability to work together under stress.
Participants qualify for the final by meeting the required criteria during the Hillary Challenge 6 hour Adventure Race events the year before.
The 17th annual challenge to find the top Secondary School Outdoor Adventure Team in New Zealand will take place 7-12 May 2017.
The 5 day Hillary Challenge is held each year at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, and is only open to a total of 12 teams, each consisting of 8 students from Year 12 or 13. The teams will be scored on their skill, speed and endurance during a 5-day series of outdoor adventure challenges, including a 2-day rogaine style wilderness expedition and a multisport race on the final day. In true adventure racing tradition, the exact details of all challenges will be kept secret until the event.
Schools that have so far qualified for the 2016 final are;
- Whangarei Girls and Boys High (Northland)
- New Plymouth Girls and Boys High (Taranaki)
- Thames High (Waikato)
- Trident High (Bay of Plenty)
- Takapuna Grammar (Auckland)
- Taradale High (Hawkes Bay)
- Francis Douglas and Sacred Heart (Taranaki)
- Havelock North High (Hawkes Bay)
- Middleton Grange (Christchurch)
- Mt Aspiring College (Wanaka)
- Cashmere High (Christchurch)
- Waimea College (Nelson)
Check out the results from the 2016 final here. Well done everyone!
To find out more and enter the 2017 Hillary Challenge 6 hour Adventure Race events which lead to the final held in 2018, click here