St Theresa’s embraces Olympic spirit

St Theresa's School pupils (from left) Scarlet Shanks (5), of New Zealand, Maria Cruz (7),of Brazil, and Kehan Kalubowila (9), of Sri Lanka, represent the United States, Australia and Scotland.
St Theresa’s School teachers (from left) Karen Hartman, Julia Sargent, Kirsten Addie, Tracey Shirley, Amy Telfer and Jemma Lemon take part with their stick-horses in the Olympic celebration at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill last Friday.

AN Invercargill school brought its own version of the Olympics to ILT Stadium Southland on Friday.

About 300 St Theresa’s School pupils were divided into 16 teams, each one representing a different country.

They competed in several modified sports, including the popular sock wrestling, indoor hockey and sailing.

Teachers took part in an entertaining equestrian competition using stick horses.

(From left) Ivana Vanera (6), Marley Watts (10), Emmie Doherty (5) and Charley Ballantine (11) represent France.

St Theresa’s School principal Julian Ineson said the Olympics shared similar values with the school.

“Throughout the day, the school values of respect, courage and perseverance are encouraged.

“The opportunity to host such an event allowed for classes to connect further with the Tokyo event and to support and encourage each other in a fun day while being physically active.”

One pupil, Brazilian national Maria Cruz, wore the yellow and green of her home country but was representing Australia at the games.

Changing nationalities for the day did not dampen her spirits.

“Any country is cool.

“The best thing is to dress up and to have a fun day with all my school friends.”