New heights . . . North Otago Athletics Club high jumper Tadiwanashe Mandiwona makes it over the bar. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


That is how many Otago titles the North Otago Athletics club claimed at the recent Otago Senior and Children’s Track and Field Championships in Dunedin.

To add to the club’s titles, it also picked up 27 silver medals and 16 bronze.

North Otago Athletics Club past president Jeff Spillane said it was the club’s best overall team performance at the event.

Jed Jabagat won the under 18-year-old men’s long jump with a personal-best jump of 6.07m and also won the high jump with a leap of 1.70m.

Sadye Kawau was impressive, winning titles in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m 10-year-old girls, as well as being part of the winning 11-year-old girls relay team.

The club won four of the six relay titles it entered – men’s under-18, 9-year-old boys, 8-year-old boys and 11-year-old girls.

Coach Sue Brydge’s high school training group performed well, winning several titles, which was very exciting for the club, Spillane said.

The club was second in the children’s section of the Glue Interclub Shield, ahead of larger Dunedin clubs Ariki, Caversham and Taieri.

“The team was commended for its team ethos and camaraderie … and was given special mention for its growth and presence at this year’s event,” he said.

Spillane was rapt with the club’s results and proud of the athletes’ efforts on and off the track.

“As much of the calibre of athletes we took, it was nice to hear other teams and officials complimenting the North Otago team on its camaraderie, team ethos and the visibility of our bright yellow singlets.

“The team really was a fantastic advertisement for our district.”