Kids show their skills
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.”
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.