Hopai Sports Day

23:10, Dec 17 2012
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Kayla Parker 5, from Blenheim in the egg and spoon race
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Paddy Godsiff 6, from Kenepuru Heads and Loki Hopkinson 5, from Kenepuru finish the three legged race.
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Brydie Godsiff 12, from Kenepuru Heads, and Ella Irvine 12, from Okaramio lead the way in the three-legged race
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Rory Kilmister, 4, from Wellington and Kaleb Donaldson, 5, from Havelock win their first mug in the three-legged race
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Tim Offen, 12, from Clova Bay, Jonty LeSueur from Christchurch, Josh Godsiff, 11, from Kenepuru Heads
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Gwyneth Walker, 7, from Havelock
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Kayla Parker, 5, from Blenheim and Brianna Franklin, 6, from Wellington battle it out in the sack race
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Xavier O'Meagher, 10, from Auckland, Amos van Asch in blue in boys running race
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Kaleb Donaldson, 5, from Havelock is the forth generation of Donaldsons to win a hopai mug. He celebrates with grat-grandmother Karen Donaldson left and grandmother Alexandra Donaldson
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Zac O'Meagher, 9, from Auckland celebrates winning two Hopai mugs at his first Hopai Sports day with Amos van Asch, Xavier O'Meagher, Hazel van Asch, Charlie van Asch, Rosa Hutchinson, Piet van Asch
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Brianna Franklin, 6, from Wellington in gumboot throwing
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Woman's gumboot throwing winner
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Brianna Franklin, 6, from Wellington [right] jumps ahead in the girls sack race
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Billy Sloan, aged 7, from Blenheim in gumboot throwing
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Gumboot Throwing
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Gumboot throwing
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Jo Haigh competes in the Hopai She-Woman series
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Kane Heaps doing wood chopping event
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Wood chopping from left Kane Heaps and Robbie Brownlee from Blenheim
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Loki Hopkinson, 5, with grandfather John Young competed in the Hopai He-Man event
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Loki Hopkinson 5 from Kenepuru was the youngest competitor in the Hopai He-man event. Loki ran 3km while his grandfather John Young did the swimming lap of the race. They came 15th out of 18. Loki is pictured with mother Emma Hopkinson straight after the race.
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Ursula Grant, 5, of Waipara and Kayla Parker, 5, of Blenheim rush to pick up their eggs.
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Ursula Grant 5 of Waipara and Kayla Parker 5 of Blenheim rush to pick up their eggs
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Issac Rawlings 12, from Picton in the sack race

 

The Hopai Sports Day is a Sounds tradition.

The games have hardly changed since the first event in the 1920s and promise a day of great entertainment, healthy competition and good old-fashioned fun.

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Pam Clements and grandaughter Zoe, 17 months, share a special moment.
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And they're off and running
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You are never too old to have some competitive fun
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Uphill dash
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Gumboot throw
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Women's tug-o-war
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Men's tug-o-war

There are sack races, three legged races, wood chopping, tug of war, gumboot throw and the hotly contested Hopai He Man race, also open to women and teams.

Set in the eastern shores of Crail Bay in the Pelorus Sounds, Hopai Bay is accessible by water and road.

So throw a picnic lunch, sunscreen and the kids into the boat or car and head out to the sports day on Saturday, January 5, for a fun family day.

The Hopai committee run a small shop selling sweets, cold drinks and ice creams.

There is also a bar, with beer and wine, to quench the thirst on a hot day.

A sausage sizzle will cater for those who don't bring their lunch.

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