For more than 15 years, NZSE’s ATC Terminator Challenge has been the ultimate test for students’ mental toughness, teamwork, and physical endurance. And this year, it’s reached new heights with more than 150 fearless students putting themselves to the test last week, surrounded by supportive friends and family.
Teams from NZSE’s three campuses in Hamilton, New Lynn, and Manukau went head-to-head in an all-day battle designed to push the boundaries of their physical, mental, and strategic skills.
Geoff Ruaporo, the event’s coordinator, has been at the helm since 2014 and is thrilled to see this year’s Challenge taking place in Hamilton. “It was a privilege to bring the challenge to Lake Karapiro in Hamilton,” Geoff says.
From the get-go, competitors knew they were in for an exhilarating day, where every obstacle would push them to their limits. From Parade and Drill to sandpit, stretcher, and water obstacles involving tires, ropes, and spades, the students engaged in rigorous challenges that tested both their individual abilities and their teamwork.
One of the standout moments was the Water Station, where students had to sprint 100 meters into Lake Karapiro and back, lugging a 50kg weight on a stretcher. Talk about a serious physical challenge! They were pushed to their limits, with over two hours of relentless action.
In the end, Team Manukau emerged as the champions, thanks to their unwavering teamwork, resilience, and critical thinking. Geoff noted, “Hamilton was right on their tail, and New Lynn brought their unique style, but Manukau proved they were the ultimate victors, and they truly deserved the win.”
Their camaraderie and spirit shone through, with inspiring chants and unwavering support of each other.