January 21, 2021

Creative kids win ‘Design your own Helmet’ contest

Dancing unicorns, blue tuis and laughing emojis were just some of the  winning designs in Hamilton City Council’s annual ‘Design your own Helmet’ competition for school children.

There were more than 1800 entries from around 30 schools across Hamilton, and eight winners were chosen for their unique creative flare.

The winners of the ‘Design your own Helmet’ competition are: Ataahua Figure –Apiti; Thea O’Dea, Layla Vink, Astrid Williamson-Jones, Heidi Maarhuis, Martice  Kingi, Abby Bowen and Loreal Olesco.

Council’s School Travel Co-ordinator, Cameron Ward presented the winning school children with their design professionally airbrushed onto a bike helmet at Hamilton Gardens yesterday.

‘Winners of Design your own Helmet’ winners (Photo/supplied)

“Hamilton is a cycle-friendly city and we want to get more kids and parents on bikes, but we want them to do it safely” says Ward.

Teaching kids how to stay safe on bikes and the importance of wearing a helmet is a top priority for Council.

The ‘Design your own Helmet’ competition is part of Council’s initiative to encourage active and sustainable transport around Hamilton and ties in nicely with our Kids on Bikes programme. 

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The Kids on Bikes programme is offered in schools around Hamilton to help kids learn the basics of bike safety and increase their confidence while riding.

“The programme combines on-road and off-road courses and teaches kids how to maintain their bikes. We want parents to feel safe knowing their kids have the skills to ride to school”.

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