Impressive medal haul for athletes

Some of the Dunedin athletes who competed in the Colgate Games in Invercargill at the weekend....
Some of the Dunedin athletes who competed in the Colgate Games in Invercargill at the weekend. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
Dunedin athletes have come out on top after competing in the Colgate Games last weekend.

The games were held in Invercargill from Friday until Sunday, attracting more than 800 athletes from around New Zealand.

About 80 athletes aged from 7 to 14 from Dunedin clubs took part.

Collectively, they won an impressive haul of medals — 10 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze.

Athletics Taieri athletes Charlie Nichol (11, left) and Samuel McHutchon (11) competed in the...
Athletics Taieri athletes Charlie Nichol (11, left) and Samuel McHutchon (11) competed in the Colgate Games high jump, 200m sprints and discus. PHOTO: VALU MAKA
Twins Neihana and Ora Winklemann, of Hill City-University, competed in the games for the first time and each won a bronze medal in the 1500m run.

Ora also won bronze in the 800m event.

They have been involved in athletics for a few years and only started distance running last year.

Ora said she wanted to compete in the games to try something new.

She was surprised but happy when she won her medals.

Ten-year-old twins Ora and Neihana Winklemann, of Hill City-University, hold the bronze medals...
Ten-year-old twins Ora and Neihana Winklemann, of Hill City-University, hold the bronze medals they won in distance running events at the weekend. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
Ohara Couch, of Athletics Taieri, has been competing in the games for the past six years and has won eight medals in that time.

This year’s event was her final outing, as she will now move into senior competitions.

She added a bronze in the grade 14 long jump to her collection.

She won her first medal — a gold in the grade 10 100m sprint — in 2018.

Over the years, as the competition got tougher, she learned to aim for and value getting a personal best while competing, Ohara said.

Athletics Taieri runner and long jumper Ohara Couch (14), who competed in the Colgate Games for...
Athletics Taieri runner and long jumper Ohara Couch (14), who competed in the Colgate Games for the final time at the weekend, holds all the medals she has won over the years at the event. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
Improving her own performance became more important.

She would miss competing at the games and seeing the friends she had made over the years.

For now, her goals were to reach 5m in the long jump, shave some time off her 100m sprint and "get the best out of myself".

"I want to make the best of it," she said.

jessica.wilson@thestar.co.nz

Medal winners

Dunedin medal results from the Colgate Games: (Medals only awarded for athletes aged 10-14):

GOLD:

Olivia Brown, Lailah Robson, Ruby Martin and Bella Smith: Grade 11 girls’ 4x100m relay.

Lyla Bowering: Grade 12 girls’ 100m sprint and 200m sprint.

Tila Te Whare, Lyla Bowering, Emelia Adamson, Shanti Kara: Grade 13 girls’ 4x100m relay.

Emelia Adamson: Grade 13 girls’ high jump.

Alex Walker: Grade 12 boys’ 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 400m sprint, shot put and discus.

SILVER:

Stacey Karawana: Grade 10 girls’ discus.

Liam Grey, Zander King, Jordan Rowe and Finn Scott: Grade 10 boys’ 4x100m relay.

Riley Horne: Grade 12 boys’ 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 80m hurdles.

Alex Corbett: Grade 13 boys’ 200m sprint.

Lucas Wharepapa, Alex Walker, Victor Rivollet and Alex Corbett: Grade 13 boys’ 4x100m relay.

BRONZE:

Ora Winklemann: Grade 10 girls’ 800m run and 1500m run.

Addison Kirk: Grade 10 girls’ long jump.

Charlee Farquhar: Grade 11 girls’ high jump.

Shanti Kara: Grade 13 girls’ discus.

Ohara Couch: Grade 14 girls’ long jump.

Neihana Winkleman: Grade 10 boys’ 1500m run.

Archie Rhodes: Grade 11 boys’ 1500m run.

Riley Horne: Grade 12 boys’ long jump.

Alex Corbett: Grade 13 boys’ 100m sprint.

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