South Canterbury athletes claimed several successes at the South Island Colgate Games in Dunedin over last weekend.
Held at the city’s Caledonian Grounds, the games featured South Canterbury athletes claiming a total medal haul of seven gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals, along with numerous top-10 placings and several personal bests.
Both the Temuka and Waimate Clubs dominated the competitions in the junior age group categories, boding well for the clubs’ athletes in future age categories.
South Canterbury’s Emma Beecroft claimed three golds in G13 grade events, while Niamh Motley also claimed two golds and a silver medal in her G13 events.
Tom Geary, competing in the B12 grade, won two golds, a silver and bronze medal in his events, Flynn O’Keefe won a gold, silver and bronze medal in each of his B12 competitions and Evelyn Holden claimed two bronze medals in her G11 events.
Mitchell Johnson claimed a silver and bronze medal in his B10 events, while Harrison Laing also claimed a bronze and silver in his B11 competitions and G12-grade athlete Maddie Thomas won a gold and silver medal in her races.
Charlotte Blake claimed a gold, two silver and one bronze medal for her efforts at the games and Reuben Bowen claimed a silver in the B14 high jump, reaching 1.73m.
South Canterbury also claimed gold in the G11 4x100m race, the B12 4x100m relay and G13 4x100m, along with the Mixed 12 medley relay, while Ora Motley claimed first place in the G11 1200m track walk.
The region also scored several silvers in the G10, G12, B10 and B13 4x100m events, along with the Mixed10 and Mixed13 medley relay events.
Silver medals were also awarded to Harry Reith in the B13 1600m track walk, Jules Gibson in the B11 long jump and Kate Ritchie in the G12 1200m track walk.
Temuka’s Darcy Attridge won a bronze medal for the B10 800m, Geraldine’s Emma Campbell claimed third place in the G10 1200m track walk and five South Canterbury athletes claimed a bronze in the Mixed11 medley relay.