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Competing at Colgate: It will be a family affair for the Carran family at the South Island Colgate Games, with, from left, Charlie, 9, Libby, 7, and Jonty, 10, taking part
in the annual athletics event this weekend.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK 627477375
What: The 35th South Island Colgate Games
For whom: Hundreds of athletes in the 7 to 14 years category.
Where: Surrey Park.
When: January 11 to 13.
Following their mum's footsteps
By LOUISE BERWICK
Practice in the paddock will
hopefully pay off for an Otautau
family this weekend, with three
country kids taking on the best in
the South Island at the Colgate
Games in Invercargill.
It will be a family affair for the
Carrans , with Libby, 7, Charlie, 9,
and Jonty, 10, all competing in the
annual athletics competition.
The three-day event at Surrey
Park begins on Friday and will
involve hundreds of budding
athletes from throughout the
Mainland, ranging in age from 7
But for the Carran family it is all
about having fun, according to
their mother Sue Carran. She was
looking forward to seeing her
children compete for the first time
in the games, which she took part
in when she was a child.
She said the competition would be
tough for ''a couple of kids from
the country'', but they would be
up to the challenge.
The Carran children had even
received discuses for Christmas
and Libby will put all her practice
of throwing them in the paddock
--- and avoiding cow pats --- to the
test at the weekend.
''It's all about participation and
fun,'' Mrs Carran said.
For her two younger children it
was clearly about giving athletics
a go, but for Jonty the games were
more competitive because he will
take part in the high jump, 100, 200
and 400m sprints.
Jonty is a keen sportsman, taking
part in a number of codes, and
this season he has pushed to one
side his love of tennis to focus on
''You can see huge progress
through the season,'' his mother
His coach Jason Clarke said the
10-year-old had potential to win a
medal at the games, especially in
his favoured 200 metres.
But for Jonty the games were just
the beginning because he dreams
of competing in the Common-
wealth Games and becoming an
That dream starts this weekend.
The South Island's best
young athletic prospects will
be chasing prestigious
scholarships at the Colgate
Games in Invercargill.
To mark the 35th annual
games, New Zealand's junior
athletics championship foun-
ding sponsor Colgate-
Palmolive has announced
the Nick Willis Scholarships
for outstanding young ath-
The scholarships will be
awarded to four athletes at
both the North Island and
South Island events. They
will go to athletes who
display outstanding perform-
ance. Recipients will receive
a donation to put towards
sports gear, coaching and
Inglewood, near New Ply-
mouth, hosted the North
Island Colgate Games from
January 4 to 6 and when the
South Island event is fin-
ished more than 2200 chil-
dren, aged between 7 and 14,
would have competed in the
two events in four chosen
disciplines, including long
jump, discus, shot put,
sprints, middle-distance run-
ning and hurdles.
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