McCully strikes gold at Colgate Games
South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club's Cameron McCully was the star of the South Island Colgate Games collecting the sprint triple in the 14-years' age group.
McCully won the 100m, 200m and 400m titles in his final year at the games.
The 14-year-old was impressive in again lowering his personal best in the 100m against top competition.
McCully ran 11.57sec, an improvement of 0.21sec in just over a fortnight, when he finished third at the North Island Colgate Games.
His victory in the 200m (24sec) in Timaru gave him a double after taking out the same race in Whangarei.
The talented sprinter also won one of four Colgate scholarships which included a cash prize of $500.
The other scholarships went to Marlborough's Lucy Sheat, who also completed the sprint triple in the 14 girls', Gore's Yvonne van Baarle, won took out the long jump and Taine Te Whata who impressed in the the discus.
Other South Canterbury athletes to strike gold were Ben Sewell, who won the 12 boys' hurdles and high jump and Brandon Lockyer in the 11 boys' high jump. He also finished second in the discus.
In the girls' competition Anna Hayward won gold in the 13 years 400m, while Alice Richie won the 10 years' 800m and was second in the 1500m.The walk also proved fruitful for South Canterbury with Sam Ritchie second in the 12 boys', as was Jenna Rae McIntyre in the 13 girls' while Zoe Borman finished third in the 12 girls'.
Amanda Shallard won silver in the girls' 10, 800m and bronze in the 400m, while Elizabeth Hampton also gained a silver in the 14 years 400m.
Tom Geary was the best of the youngsters winning four gold medals in the 7 years' - 60m, 100m, 200m and long jump.
Over 900 athletes competed throughout the three days of competition at Aorangi Park.
Competition director Brian Cockeram said it was an excellent event. "The competition was very well organised and there were some very good performances."
- The Timaru Herald