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Fast family on the track
All smiles: It's a family affair for the Carran family at the South Island Colgate
Games at the weekend, with, from left, Charlie, 9, Libby, 7, and Jonty, 10,
taking part in the annual athletics event.
By LOUISE BERWICK
The Carran children gained a
bronze medal, a few personal
bests and a lot of new friends at
the weekend, walking away
from the Colgate Games with
smiles on their faces and a
camping trip to look forward
Libby, 7, Charlie, 9, and Jonty,
10, Carran were featured in The
Eye last week, before they took
to the track at the Colgate
Games at the weekend.
Jonty was an athlete to watch at
the games, competing in the
high jump, 100, 200 and 400m
sprints and the Otautau boy
proved that he was up for the
challenge, gaining a bronze
medal in the high jump -- his
least favourite event.
His mum Sue said after Jonty
narrowly missed out on gaining
a third placing in the 200m, and
was disqualified from the 400m
sprint, he was determined to
give the high jump his best shot.
And he did just that, represen-
ting his Otautau club on the
For the Carrans though, the best
part of the games was the
experience and making new
friends from around the South
Games hailed a great success for all
Big jump: Kendall Buckingham, 14, competes in the
long jump at the Colgate Games at the weekend.
Photo: DOUG FIELD / FAIRFAX NZ 627496487
Rugged up: Taine Tewata, 13, Brad Kooman, 13, and
Kaleb Talamahina, 13, watch the action at the
Colgate Games from the comfort of their couch in
the St Pauls Athletics Club tent.
Crash landing: Emma Hopcroft, 14, competes in the
grade 14 girls long jump, which she went on to win.
Photo: DOUG FIELD / FAIRFAX NZ 627496490
Running for gold: Ella McCall, 11, of
Gore, competes at the Colgate Games
at the weekend.
Photo: DOUG FIELD / FAIRFAX NZ
Team effort: The Riverton Athletics Club team stands
proudly at the opening ceremony of the Colgate Games.
The team had more than 25 competitors, a stark contrast
from the one athlete they entered last year.
at the entrance
to the Colgate
Over the line: Reef
Leigh, 9, crosses the
finish line of the 60m
heat at the Colgate
Games on Friday,
Photo: ROBYN EDIE /
627491195 Taking count: Games secretary Zara Heath sits in the Sport
Southland caravan watching and organising the Colgate
By LOUISE BERWICK
The weather held out and the
games came together, being hailed
as a success by volunteers,
parents, spectators and competi-
The Colgate Games hosted more
than 800 budding athletes at the
weekend, with more than 100
parents, supporters and former
competitors giving up their week-
end to ensure the largest athletics
event on the calendar went off
without a hitch.
While some Southland athletes
walked away with medals around
their necks, many left the games
with new friends, smiles and
vowing to return to the event next
Invercargill shot putter Hinewai
Collins, 15, took home a silver
medal but said seeing all the
athletes and her friends from
other clubs was her highlight.
Her comments were echoed by
Riverton Athletic's Club team
manager Rachelle Deans, who
said the sportsmanship had been
All the Southland athletes had
been cheering for each other, no
matter what club they came from,
It was the second time the club
had competed at the games. Last
year they were represented by
only one athlete but this year the
club had 26 taking part, with
many making it to the podium.
For the Colgate Games secretary
Zara Heath, seeing the games
come together after a year of
planning was ''amazing''.
She thanked all the volunteers
who had given up their time to
make sure the event was a
''A huge thank you to them, they
have been awesome. Everyone
has just come along and just got
on with the job.''
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