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Five-year-old boys set off on their race. Photos: GORDON PREECE

Fast and furious

Junior students from Hikutaia, Matatoki, Puriri, and Paeroa Christian schools took their marks for the junior athletics held at Hikutaia School on November 10. The event returned after two years of Covid-19 false starts and consisted of sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump and the softball throw. Reporter GORDON PREECE headed along to catch the action.

Five-year-old Esther Wickham prepares to throw her softball.
Six-year-old Alfred Lee-Blackmer zooms over the finish line.
Seven-year-old girls race along their course.
Beau Gainfort, left, and Kace Brown in pursuit.
Six-year-old Maddie leaps through the hurdles.