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by Chris Tobin

Pleasant Point Primary School pupils recently showed they could be young police recruits in the making.

A team of four from the school, Lydia Giles, Sophie Nelson Tom Geary and Ben Fifield, all year 8 pupils, competed in the national primary schools PCT (Physical Competency Test) Challenge competition at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Trentham.

Salute time….One thing budding police officers must learn is how to salute properly. From left Tom Geary, Sophie Nelson, Ben Fifield and Lydia Giles.

Competing against 16 other teams from around the country, Pleasant Point finished a meritorious fourth.

On Saturday four team challenges were held and on Sunday the team ran through the PCT course.

All go…The team runs through the PCT obstacle course.

The team had earlier won the South Canterbury competition to earn the right to compete in Wellington.

“One of the big things with the PCT challenge is about encouraging each other and helping everyone through it, which is something this team excelled in,” Karyn Geary, who managed the team with Sam Nelson, said.

Careful…Sophie Nelson taking part in one of the challenges watched closely by her teammates.

It had been an “amazing weekend,” she said, and the team appreciated the support it received from Timaru police as well.