Big medal haul for Southland at Games
Southland youngsters got more than just medals from the South Island Colgate Games this week.
Athletics Southland vicechairman of the track and field committee Phil Hartley said the children all got on well, both in their sports and in their sportsmanship, some making new friends at the weekend.
Southland athletes bagged 30 medals overall, with many others close to getting a place or scoring personal bests.
‘‘They all put in 100 per cent and really enjoyed themselves. It was a good event for them.’’
There were 93 Southland athletes among the thousands that competed at the Colgate Games this year.
The South Island competition was held at Aorangi Park in Timaru from January 12 to 14.
The North Island competition was held at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland from January 5 to 7.
Southland athletes came from clubs including Athletics Invercargill, Athletics Gore, Fiordland Athletic Club, Otautau AC, Riverton AC, St Pauls A & HC, Winton AAC and Wyndham AAC.
‘‘For the numbers of athletes that we’ve got I think we’ve done pretty well, Southland does well,’’ Hartley said.
‘‘On a whole, Southland punches above its weight.’’
The weather was a bit damp the first couple of days but as a whole Hartley was impressed with the organisation of the competition.
‘‘It all ran well by the local committee up there [in Timaru]. ‘‘It all ran smoothly.’’
Colgate New Zealand general manager John Garside said the Colgate Games had brought children, parents and the athletics community together in the spirit of true sportsmanship for 40 years.
‘‘The Colgate Games have hosted more than 80,000 competitors, at 12 locations across New Zealand, over the past four decades.’’
Ruby Symon, Maddie Taylor, Carlie Scherp, Isla MacCallum, Kennedy Taylor, Tessa Baird, Ashlynn Scherp, Xanthe Belesky, Jimmy Taylor, Jacob Boniface, Max Tinoai, Justin Shaw, Rico Fisher, Deacon Grieve, Devan Clark, Ngarimu Paraki, Quinn Hartley, Jack Dempster, Taylor Singer and Trent Hogg.
Some of the 30 Southland medalists at the 2018 South Island Colgate Games.
Quinn Hartley, 13, competes in the South Island Colgate Games.