Ja­cob’s also in the record books


Ja­cob Waikari-Jones has some pretty fast shoes to fill.

The Ti­tahi Bay Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics Club 12-year-old was one of sev­eral of his club’s track ath­letes to stand out at last month’s Col­gate Games.

He brought home bronze and sil­ver in the 200 me­tres and 100 me­tres fi­nals, and nabbed gold in the 4 x 100m re­lay fi­nal to round out an ex­cel­lent North Is­land Col­gates meet.

Ja­cob has solid ath­let­ics genes. His mother, Tangi, held a slew of Col­gate records, in­clud­ing one that still stands from 1987 – 28.50 sec­onds in the 200m for 10-yearold girls.

‘‘It’s great that Ja­cob is here at Ti­tahi Bay be­cause this was some­where I had so many good mem­o­ries,’’ she said.

‘‘Him get­ting back into it has brought a lot of it back – the hot days and the train­ing, the great coaches and re­ally good spirit that’s al­ways been here.

‘‘I was walk­ing into the gate [at Col­gates last month] and saw an old ri­val and our kids are both do­ing ath­let­ics now, which is very cool.’’

Waikari said she had watched Ja­cob’s im­prove­ment on the track in a short space of time and is sure he will go on to hold records, just like she once did.

She made the New Zealand ath­let­ics team, trav­elled to the Pan Pa­cific Games, and had ex­pe­ri­ences at in­ter­provin­cials and other meets she won’t for­get.

As for her record, Waikari is sur­prised and chuffed it still


Ja­cob Waikari-Jones and mother Tangi Waikari on fa­mil­iar turf at Kura Park.

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