Over the last two months Roskill South athletes have excelled at regional, national and international track and field meets. Starting in December, a large club team competed at the Auckland Relay Championships at the Mt Smart stadium where a number of relay teams won medals beating over 20 clubs represented at the championships. A stellar performance came from the 11 year old boys team (pictured below) taking home gold medals in the 4x100m, 4x200m sprint relays and also taking the gold medal for the Field relay. The team members were Jabez Barwig-Uini, Alex Thorpe, John Fineanganofo, LJ Tuitama.
The major national children’s event of the year, the Colgate Games was held over three days in Hastings in early January, attended by over 1500 athletes. A small Roskill contingent travelled to Hastings and out of six athletes (10-14 age groups), Roskill South took home four medals. In addition, four of their 7 to 9 year olds placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their junior divisions.
One of the team, 10 year old Max McKee made it a holiday staying on in Hastings and took part in the Allan and Sylvia Potts Classic (a senior circuit meet with some junior events) the following weekend. A highlight for Max was meeting our Rio Olympic star pole vaulter, Eliza McCartney which no doubt he will remember for many years to come.
Later in January, a selected team of Auckland 10 and 11 year old athletes travelled to Sydney for eight days to take on New South Wales. This event has been going for 40 years with alternate years in either Sydney or Auckland. It is very much a life experience as well as an athletics tour with the teams visiting tourist spots and being entertained by the families of the host athletes. Max Munro was selected and toured with the team, and undoubtedly had a marvelous time culminating in his first ever gold medal, an international one at that, for being a part of the winning 10 year old boys 4x100m team.
The season for Roskill South Athletic Club starts again on Tuesday 24 January for another 10 weeks of fun and competition with preparation for more major events such as the Auckland Pentathlon Championships, Top 10 Club Challenge and the individual Auckland Track and Field Championships. Club President, Peter Wyatt says, ‘You can see on the faces in these photos that the kids will be eager for more success and the satisfaction it brings them’.