Southland kids get moving

James Hargest College junior campus pupils (from left) Carlos Brown, Tyler Hatherley, (both 12), Jayden Turnbull, and Jack Kelliher, (both 13), all of Invercargill. Photo: Abbey Palmer

SPORT Southland’s Made to Move team hosted a Health and Physical Education Day last week – the first of its kind in New Zealand.

About 900 Year 5-8 pupils made their way to ILT Stadium Southland last week to take part in a range of dynamic sporting activities.

Made to Move member Ricky Bakker said the event was about exposing children to new ways of improving their physical and mental well-being.

“It’s not just about physical education, it’s about building relationships and community connections.

“Hopefully these kids will pick up something different from the day and pursue it outside of the event.”

From beat saber to indoor bowls and virtual reality games, schools from throughout Southland took part in the 22-sport event.

Venture Southland, YMCA Invercargill, Invercargill City Council representatives and the Halberg Foundation also helped out at the free event.

Images from Sport Southland’s Made to Move Health and Physical Education Day, held at ILT Stadium Southland last week. Photos: Abbey Palmer

Donovan Primary pupil Zaine Ryder (11), of Invercargill, tries his hand at a game of soccer for people with disabilities, hosted by the Halberg Foundation.
Verdon College pupil Ana Hoeflich (11), of Invercargill takes her shot in a game of indoor bowls.
Windsor North School pupils Jimi Rabbidge (11, left) and Lars Meehan (10), both of Invercargill play on the Adventure Southland bouncy castle.

Southland Adventist Christian School pupils (from left) Jaime-Lee Nicol-Soper (12), of Invercargill, Reuben Robbie (10), of Makarewa, Nathan Verheij, and Nelana Auld, (both 11),
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