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The Eye 4.10.12
Children's Athletics Open Day
Sunday 14 October, Surrey Park Stadium, 10:30am start
'Come and Give Athletics a Try'
Did you enjoy your
school sports day?
Did you really enjoy the Southland
Primary or Secondary School
Do you want to give athletics a go?
If it's yes to any of the above then you need to get to
Surrey Park on Sunday the 14th of October to experience
the Athletics Southland Opening Day. Competition starts
at 10:30am and a full programme to showcase junior
athletics are planned for athletes aged 4-14.
Athletics is a great way for young people to develop
their coordination and confidence and Junior Athletics
Chairman Simon Spark is encouraging families to bring
a picnic lunch and enjoy the relaxed environment while
their kids compete. Mr Spark is encouraged by the
numbers of young people getting back into athletics
with clubs now established in Wyndham, Gore, Riverton,
Otautau, Te Anau & Winton in addition to the 2 city
based clubs Invercargill & St Paul's.
The highlight of this coming season will again be the
Colgate Games which Invercargill is hosting in January.
There is expected to be up to 800 athletes attending this
Olympics type athletics event. It is a great opportunity
for our young athletes to test themselves against the
best in their sport with the chance to win medals.
Athletics has worked hard on its structure and appeal
over recent years. The appointment of Lorne Singer as
the Athletics Southland Development officer has had a
positive effect and most schools in Southland have had
Lorne involved at some point.
A number of our leading coaches will be in attendance
at Ribbon Day along with club representatives to answer
any questions athletes or parents may have.
Ribbons will be presented to all competitors and grades
11-14 will compete for 2 $50 Rebel Sport vouchers. The
day will conclude with lolly scrambles and a parent child
With Mary Witsey.
Students get stuck in to creek
Clean stream: Winton Primary School
students Kaitlin Smith and Charlotte
Smith with some of the rubbish
collected during a clean-up day at
Marshalls Creek, in Winton.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
A polluted stream in Winton has
been given a makeover thanks to
the scientific efforts of a couple of
Winton Primary School students.
Charlotte Smith and Kaitlin
Wilson researched the water
quality in Marshalls Creek, near
Winton, as part of a Southland
Science and Technology Fair
entry this year and their efforts
won them an excellence award.
Not happy to leave things at that,
the pair last week organised a
special day and invited 52 of their
school mates to join them and
clean up the waterway.
Situated just behind Winton's
New World supermarket, Mar-
shalls Creek leads into the Winton
Stream which runs along the back
of the town.
Charlotte said they were con-
cerned about the future of the
stream and wanted to do some-
thing about it.
"Just the way that people are
treating it with drains coming
into it, rubbish and spraying
along the banks."
And Kaitlin said people needed to
take more responsibility for their
"It's our environment. It's what
we look at every day.
"If you keep polluting little things
like this -- it'll just grow into a
However, the pair was pleased
with the success of their clean-up
day and Charlotte said they would
monitor the creek in the future.
"It's been very successful. All the
businesses in the area are really
aware of what we've been doing.''
"We're going to check it regularly
because we don't want it in this
SHORT AND SHARP
Netball Southland is running
a four-week programme for
children aged 5 to 7 years.
The sessions will focus on
netball skills with games to
develop your child s skills,
while the emphasis is on
having fun. The first session
is on October 30 at the
Central Southland Netball
Centre and costs $20. For
further information contact
Netball Southland on
03 217 1303.
Keep the children
entertained these holidays
with fun and games at the
Presbyterian Church Holiday
Programme. The programme
student. For further
information contact Meeke
Wirihana on 236 1991
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