Hot stuff at Colgate Games
Grace in great form
For Grace Hunter, the hardest thing about competing in an event as big as the North Island Colgate Games was ‘‘blocking out’’ the huge crowds.
She coped well once she put her mind to her work, however. Hunter one of the standouts in Hastings last month. The Titahi Bay Amateur Athletics Club 10-year-old took out gold in the 100 metres and long jump, collected silver in the high jump ( which she only starting doing this season) and won bronze medals in the 200m and 4 x 100m relay.
Hunter says she was ‘‘ shattered’’ after heats and finals for the 200m, along with the high jump, all occurred on the same day, with temperatures well in excess of 30 degrees Celsius.
‘‘It was so hot but such an exciting time.’’
She is in her second year with TBAAC and says she enjoys the training and the excellent tips she receives from coaches.
‘‘I have fun. I have a lot of friends here and the coaches are really good. They make the training fun and we learn about stretching properly.’’
While she’s happy to take part in a number of events for now, Hunter feels her future might lie in the sprints.
The aspiring athlete is from a basketball family, according to mum Jo, but all their kids’ sports interests are encouraged. Hunter is also a keen swimmer and promising netballer. Her next focus for TBAAC is the Wellington champs in March.