Young athletes look forward to Colgate Games


About 100 of Dunedin’s best young athletes will put their training to the test at the 40th Colgate Games in January.

The games, an athletics competition for 7 to 14-year-olds, will be held at Aorangi Park in Timaru from January 12 to 14.

Colgate New Zealand general manager John Garside said since the games’ inception, more than 80,000 competitors had been hosted at 12 locations across the country.

The games are one of the longest continuous sports sponsorships in New Zealand.

Emma McKay, Katie Wong and Riley Shaw (all 14) are just three of the Dunedin athletes who will be competing.

For each of them, it will be their last Colgate Games.

Emma, who is a member of the Athletics Taieri club, will compete in the long jump, 200m sprint, shot put, discus and 100m sprint.

“I just like the competition because it’s all of the South Island,” she said.

Caversham Athletics member Katie, who will compete in the hurdles and 100m sprint, was looking forward to seeing and competing against different people.

Riley, of Ariki Athletics, will line up in the high jump, 100m and 200m sprints.

He said there were more athletes at the Colgate Games than at other athletics events, which made for good competition.