Giving athletics a good go

Southland pupils (from left) Ferguson Hammond (11), Bea Christie (13), Abby O'Boyle (12) and Lucy Stewart get set for the South Island Colgate Games. Photo: Luisa Girao

HUNDREDS of young athletes from throughout the South Island got active last weekend as part of the Colgate Games held in Invercargill.

Some of the sports athletes took part in at Surrey Park included discus, long jump, high jump and sprint races.

Contestants ranged from 7 to 14-years-old and 827 entries were received to compete this year.

Athletics New Zealand chief executive Pete Pfitzinger said he was delighted to help safely deliver three days of fun in both the North and South islands.

It was important for the Colgate Games to run as it provided entertainment and kept people and communities connected, he said.

“The turnout was excellent, and we are delighted so many families were able to attend safely under the Covid-19 Protection Framework.”

The Colgate Games were always the highlight of the summer calendar and this year was no different.

Colgate general manager John Garside said the Colgate Games encouraged generations of young New Zealanders to give athletics a go.

“It was great so many children and whanau enjoying the Colgate Games. It’s an event we’re immensely proud to support.”

Southern Steel netball players Sarahpheinna Woulf and Renee Savai’inaea gave out medals to competitors on Saturday.