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Sienna Moore from Thames clears the bar in the girls grade 13 high jump event. Photo: SUPPLIED

Athletics fun

The 2024 North Island Colgate Games took place in Auckland at Mt Smart Stadium on January 5-7. Both Paeroa and Thames were well represented at the event, with several athletes aged between 7 and 14 years attending from both clubs. 

“It was a fantastic three days and all the athletes enjoyed themselves, setting many personal bests and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the stadium,” Sarah Rawnsley of the Paeroa Amateur Athletics Club said. 

The Paeroa Amateur Athletic Club Team. From left: James Rawnsley, Liam Rawnsley, Conner Huitema, Lucy Huitema, Jesse Thompson, Mahalia Thompson, Zoe Huitema. Photo: SUPPLIED
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Thames athlete Ryder Moore strides out towards the finish line. Photo: SUPPLIED
Paeroa athlete Liam Rawnsley took home four first place pennants in the non-competitive grade 9 section. Photo: SUPPLIED
A jump of 4.29m earned James Rawnsley 7th place in the grade 12 long jump event. Photo: SUPPLIED
Mahalia Thompson meets New Zealand sprinter Zoe Hobbs. Photo: SUPPLIED