Southland athletes star at Colgate Games
Southland athletes won 42 medals in total at the Colgate Games in Timaru.
The Games, which is a competition for athletes belonging to South Island clubs and aged from 7 to 14, was held in Timaru last Friday to Sunday. Southland athletes won 15 gold medals, 14 silver and 13 bronze.
Among the many Southland highlights were Yvonne van Baarle and Taine Te Whata winning Nick Willis scholarships, Laura Weller becoming the third best 11-year-old girl in New Zealand high jumping and Emma Ryan's gutsy relay run.
The scholarship won by van Baarle and Te Whata involves money that is intended for sports gear, coaching and other needs in athletics.
Competing in the grade 14 girls' section, van Baarle (Gore) won the long jump, finished second in the 100m hurdles and shot put and was third in the discus.
Te Whata (Winton) won the grade 14 boys' discus, finished second with team-mates in the 4 x 100m relay and third in the long jump.
Weller (Gore) leaped 1.45 metres to easily win the grade 11 girls' high jump. Ryan (St Pauls) faced a difficult final leg of the grade 14 girls' 4 x 100m relay when the leader was 15m ahead at the changeover. The Southlander knuckled down and produced the goods to win gold.