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.