Big medal haul for Southland at Games

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE Southland in­cluded: medal­lists

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.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

Some of the 30 Southland medal­ists at the 2018 South Is­land Col­gate Games.

WILD ATLAS/ SUP­PLIED

Quinn Hart­ley, 13, com­petes in the South Is­land Col­gate Games.

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