It’s been an exciting few months as kids across South Africa raced against the clock to claim up to R15 000 in amazing toys and gadgets within 60 seconds. But there could only be one winner! And it was nine-year-old, Riley Oliver from Rooderpoort, Gauteng who out-did his competitors during Nickelodeon’s Toy Sprint with Toys R Us to claim the ultimate prize.

The race, now in its forth year, promised to be the most exciting contest yet and certainly didn’t disappoint. Out of 19 500 hopefuls who entered online at www.nickelodeonafrica.com, Riley Oliver was one of the lucky ‘Spirit Rangers’ to have been selected. Along with Kirsten Abrahams, Nhlanhla Poone and Mahlatse Mongalo, Riley took to Midrand’s Mall of Africa in June to secure as many toys as he could.

“This year’s Nickelodeon’s Toy Sprint with Toys R Us exceeded our expectations from the very start. The time and dedication these kids put into preparing themselves for the race was extraordinary, and the personalities we were met with made each occasion that much more memorable,” said Catherine Jacoby - Head of Marketing Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa.

While Riley managed to get just about everything he and his baby brother wanted, he missed out on his quest for a Nerf Gun. Fortunately, he’ll be given a second chance when he competes in the ultimate Global Sprint in Singapore. This time, he’ll need to quickly make his way through a 2 500 square metre store in the hopes of grabbing goodies to the value of $5 000.

Included in the all-expenses-paid trip are return flights to Singapore for Riley and three of his friends and/or family members, a five-night hotel stay and spending money. What’s more, this will be Riley’s first-ever trip on an aeroplane.

Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon on behalf of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa) said, “I remember as a child, hoping to be selected for a contest of this nature and what a wonderful thing it is that we’ve now been able to award these children with such an exciting experience. Riley is a spirited young boy and a deserving winner. We know this will be a truly memorable experience for him, and what an added thrill it will be flying for the first time!”

As Riley prepares for his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Nickelodeon and Toys R Us are no doubt preparing themselves for next year’s events whereby other young hopefuls will stand a chance to bag themselves toys, gadgets, games and a lifetime of memories.