Games played in good spirit
SCHOOL CARNIVAL: Games played in the spirit of goodwill have helped ensure one carnival’s survival for the past 18 years.
The 18th Annual Goodwill Games was held in Abercorn with schools across the district competing to bring home gold. From discus and high jumping to shot put and ring riding, there were activities for everyone to participate in.
Announcer Bruce Tye has been announcing at the event for the past 17 years and said it was a lot of fun, later declaring this year was going to be his last.
“These events first started off with Shelley Hindmarsh and like the name states, it’s games played in a spirit of goodwill,” Tye said.
“We get all the little schools together and they all compete, some of these kids may be mates or cousins so it’s a bit of fun for everyone.
“I’ve enjoyed myself over the years as the announcer, have had fun and it’s a good gig so it’s time for me to hand it over to somebody younger.”
Tye said Abercorn State School held true value for his family.
“I went to school here, my son went to school here so
we’ve got a bit of an association with it and we will always support the school,” Tye said.
“Despite my passion for announcing, I believe it’s in the best interest to hand it over to somebody else.”
Around a few hundred students took part in the competition.
Organiser of the Goodwill Games, Bec Scholl, said it was one of the biggest events they’d had in the last 18 years.
“Definitely breaking records with that one which is fantastic news,” Scholl said.
“It was a great success, we had records broken by some of the students.
“We had lots of students return and lots who are new so it keeps the goodwill games alive, it’s a very family oriented day.”
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One of the kids doing shot putt at Abercorn State School.
Kira Fort and Bronwen Fort at Abercorn state school at the weekend.
Madison Muirhead and Bronwyn Burnham at the weekend.
The children all competed in the cross country events at the weekend.
Riley Chalmers and Braith Sinclair at the weekend.
One of the kids competing in the high jump at the weekend.
Hayden Galloway, Beau Galloway and Narelle Galloway at the Abercorn state school at the weekend.