Temuka athletes excel
After a 12-year absence from Christchurch the 42nd Colgate games wrapped up on 19th January with an unprecedented five medals in Grades 10-14 for the Temuka Club.
With relentless wind making conditions challenging, all the 35 Temuka athletes performed exceptionally well over the three days, with many new personal bests and club records set at the relatively new Nga Puna Wai track.
At the Colgate’s, Grades 7-9 compete in straight divisional finals and club members impressively earned approximately 50 podium finishes between them.
After watching Ethan Hole progress easily through the G11 Boys 100m heat and semi-final, club supporters were excited to gather in the stands and cheer him on in his final on Friday afternoon. , Ethan, with a time of 13.61 was the first club member in approximately 25 years to win a Gold medal at a Colgate Games. After leaving the long jump, to run in the Grade 11 Medley late on Sunday afternoon, Ethan returned to earn himself a bronze medal with his remaining jumps, jumping 4.53, with just 5cm separating him from the gold medallist.
Darcy Attridge followed on from his efforts at last year’s Colgate Games and after a strong run, again walked away with a silver medal and a new personal best in the G11 Boys 800m in a time of 2.33.33. Darcy also significantly bettered his personal best in both the Long Jump and 400m final in very strong fields.
Saturday afternoon ended on a high when the Grade 11 Boys relay team of Darcy Attridge, Rhys Baker, Taine Nimo and Ethan Hole placed third in the 4 x 100m relay to earn themselves a bronze medal. They had the honour of being awarded their medal by Olympic Bronze medallist Eliza McCartney the following day.
It was a nervous wait for the G11 Mixed Medley team on Sunday afternoon while the second timed final was taking place to see if their time of 5.01.58 was enough to get them on to the podium. When the results came through it was smiles all round from the team and supporters as the team earned the club the second bronze relay medal of the meet. The team was made up of Ethan Hole (200m), Antonella Henderson (100m), Darcy Attridge (800m), Ashley Rhodes (400m) and Rhys Baker (100m) who all performed exceptional after a long weekend of events.
Life member and committee member Neville Dippie who has attended many Colgate Games over the years cannot remember a time when the club had won a medal in relays at the Colgate Games let alone two or had a more successful games all round in terms of medals.
Amongst other athletes Saxon McNoe and Ryan Sherriff after jumping well were unlucky not to make the podium in the G14 Boys High Jump, both jumping the same as the bronze medallist but missing out on countback in what would be their last Colgate Games. Ruby Mahuika took the step up to senior grades in her stride and made the finals in four of her five events while setting some new personal bests.
The club would like to thank Trust Aoraki for their support and contribution towards accommodation which allows the team to stay together in one place. This not only enables everyone the opportunity to attend the games it adds to the fun supportive team atmosphere the club enjoys so much.
Thank you also to the Jolly Potter and Flipout Trampolines who have sponsored athlete and volunteer of the week prizes this season, it is much appreciated.