Challenges aplenty for St John team at regional contest

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On the team...Hokonui St John Cadets Rebecca Barclay (left) and Chloe Taylor competed alongside team members Eryn Phillipson and Cherish Warren in the St John South Island regional competition in Christchurch during the first week of the school holidays. PHOTO: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

CPR, communication skills and a first aid scenario were just some of the challenges the Hokonui St John team faced when competing in the St John South Island regional competition.

The team consisted of Rebecca Barclay (14), Chloe Taylor (13), Eryn Phillipson (13) and Cherish Warren (14).

The competition was held at Living Springs in Christchurch during the first week of the school holidays. The team practised up to four times a week in the two months before the competition, Rebecca said.

To compete in the regional competition the team first had to qualify in district competitions.

That involved competing against people from Gore, Invercargill and Bluff, Rebecca said.

“We got high marks in that, so we went to the Christchurch competition.”

She had been a part of St John for three years and the South Island regional competition was a great experience, she said.

“We didn’t get any placings but we had a lot of fun.

There were tests in which they had to compete individually, with partners and as a team.

The individual tests were particularly challenging.

Fellow team member Chloe said she had been a part of St John for about seven years.

“I started for a hobby.”

It was good getting to know people at the South Island regional competition, Chloe said.

“It was fun competing and making new friends.”

Rebecca said there were 30 teams of four at the regional event.

The St John Youth programmes are held at the St John rooms on Tuesday evenings. The sessions for Penguins (children aged from 6 to 8) run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and for Cadets (8 to 18) from 6.30pm to 8pm.