Olympic strikes gold
Olympic Harriers enjoyed their most successful North Island Colgate Games ever earlier this month, collecting 20 medals.
The event, held in Inglewood from January 4 to 6, saw almost all of the Olympic runners achieve personal bests, after plenty of work with coaches Amanda Goldsmith, Alastair Leslie and Juan McDonald. Eleven golds, one silver and eight bronze were won.
Standout performers were Islam Khaled-Abbas and Ben Murdoch in the 12-year-old boys, Kushla Smith and Marama Butler in the 11-yearold girls, and Emerson Yee in the 12-year-old girls.
Khaled finished the weekend with five golds and one bronze, winning the 100 metre, 200m and 400m finals, and was part of the 4 x 100m (with Patrick White, Ben Murdoch and Finn Leary) and mixed medley relay ( with Callum Brooker, Murdoch, Olivia Aunoa and Yee) victories. He earned bronze in the long jump.
Smith ran extremely strongly at the Colgates, winning gold in the 800m and 1500m and silver in the 400m, all with personal best times.
Yee, meanwhile, won the long jump with a distance of 4.76m and then took bronze in the high jump with 1.36m, a personal best.
The club’s coaching co-ordinator Jo Murray says the success is ‘‘testament to the wonderful group of volunteer parents we have at our club and the brilliant coaching team of Amanda, Alastair and Juan.’’