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It was a battle of the titans — or rather, a battle of the Thunderbirds, Ambassadors, Maized and Confused and Aaron’s Team — at yesterday’s Top Team event.
Donning superhero capes and tutus, 10 teams took the Top Team Challenge, a new event to this year’s Games, based on the popular Top Town series of the 1980s. It is designed to test problem-solving, communication and teamwork across a range of activities from giant sack races to water challenges.
The event was delivered by Sport Canterbury.
Crowd favourite The Ambassadors — made up of former top athletes Seilala Mapusua, Warren Lees, Jodi Brown and Jo Morrison — seemed set to take on the Top Team crown, but struggled with team leadership.
"We had too many chiefs in our team, we’re all very competitive and we could see the end goal and wanted to get there, but we had a bit of trouble sorting out the process first," Games Ambassador and former Silver Fern Brown said.
"But it was great fun."
Mapusua agreed, saying the “netball girls got a bit competitive” and the sack race was tough, but they had a lot of fun.
Aaron’s Team won the gold medal, Crombie Lockwood took silver and Thunderbirds won bronze. Maized and Confused was named Best Dressed Team.