Hot stuff at Col­gate Games

Grace in great form

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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