Great turnout at Caledonian Games

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Athletes from far and wide descendended on Waimate’s Victoria Park on Saturday for the 138th Caledonian Games.

Secretary-treasurer Winnie Todd said the day proved a huge success with events ranging from cycling to the caber toss.

“The cycle racing was very well received with the two New Zealand cyclists (Mark Ryan and Shane Archbold),” she said.

“The day went very well, the highland dancing was up on last year and the children’s athletics was way up, there was around 30 on the children’s cycling, we’re very happy.”

Olympic bronze medalist pursuit cyclist Mark Ryan and New Zealand cyclist Shane Archbold competed along with Waitmate’s Dylan Kennett.

Kennett, who is currently at Cambridge’s Avantidrome preparing for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Columbia, said he enjoyed competing in front of a home crowd, winning the 8000 metre race.

“It was good, It’s good to race at home in front of a Waimate crowd,” he said.

“That’s where I’ve had all my support from and I enjoy racing there every year.”

“I raced in nine races and won seven, Shane (Archbold) won the other two.”

“It was a good day, there were lots of kids really enjoying themselves in the roadster racing like they do every year.”

See more pictures of the Caledonian Games on Pages 12 and 13.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: Oamaru’s Regan Holland (15) produced a fine day of racing, winning the Under -17 A Grade Devil and the Under -17 A grade 1600m Scratch S.I. Championship – CAROL EDWARDS