Games performances results in scholarships

Spoils of success . . . Athletes Archie (7) and Lila (9) Rhodes and some of the athletes who represented Otago at the Colgate Games show off their ribbons and medals at the Caledonian Ground on Tuesday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Four Dunedin athletes were awarded scholarships after outstanding performances at the Colgate Games.

Hill City-University athletes Josh Hou, Cameron Moffitt and Duncan Trevithick and Ariki athlete Sarah Langsbury (all 14) are four of the five South Island recipients of Nick Willis Scholarships, each worth $700.

The scholarships are intended to support junior athletes to buy gear, go towards additional coaching or help them reach their athletic goals in other ways.

It was the last year the group could compete in the games and Duncan, who has been to six in total, said it was “one of my better years”.

He won gold in the 200m and 400m and silver in the 100m and Sarah secured silver in the hurdles and bronze in the high jump.

Josh won gold in the 800m and 1500m and a bronze in the 400m, while Cameron won the 100m and hurdles and was second in the shot put.

Josh, Cameron and Duncan were also part of the teams that won gold in the 4x100m and mixed-medley relays.

Cameron said the hurdles was his favourite event, as it was “satisfying completing the race and not falling over”.

The group had not decided what exactly they would spend their money on but it would probably go towards new equipment or spikes.

They were among about 100 athletes representing Otago at the three-day event, many of whom secured medals and ribbons.

About 950 athletes from 64 clubs across the South Island competed in the games, which were held in Timaru.

Effort rewarded . . . Otago athletes (from left) Josh Hou, Cameron Moffitt, Sarah Langsbury and Duncan Trevithick each won a $700 Nick Willis scholarship at the Colgate Games. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON