Kids show their skills

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

There was action galore at Mt Smart Sta­dium this month dur­ing the Cen­tral and West Auck­land Spe­cial Olympics Ath­let­ics Rib­bon Day.

Nearly 220 stu­dents from 10 schools across the city took part in a va­ri­ety of events in­clud­ing run­ning races, shot put, soft­ball throw and the stand­ing long jump.

Sun­ny­dene School stu­dent Ce­lena Nooroto, who won her 100 me­tre heat, says her favourite part of the day was run­ning the race.

Hen­der­son High School stu­dent Nick Thomp­son says he vol­un­teered to help hand out rib­bons af­ter each event be­cause it means he can give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

“We’re just show­ing our sup­port.”

Spe­cial Olympics New Zealand up­per North Is­land sports co­or­di­na­tor Mel Giles says the kids had a great time com­pet­ing at the event.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic day. They al­ways love it.”

She says they couldn’t run the tour­na­ment without the vol­un­teers who give up their time on the day, which in­cludes sev­eral high schools.

“It’s smooth sail­ing run­ning it be­cause you know the vol­un­teers are there each year.”

Pho­tos: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

All smiles: Lyn­field Col­lege stu­dent Lena ZhangHar­rap is pleased with her progress in the girls 100m at the Cen­tral and West Auck­land Spe­cial Olympics Ath­let­ics Rib­bon Day at Mt Smart Sta­dium.

Air­borne: Mt Roskill Gram­mar’s Ayush Bhat­na­gar hurls the shot put.

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