Young athletes in the medals at Caledonian

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The North Otago contingent took an impressive medal haul from the Otago Children’s Athletics Championships at the Caledonian Ground in Dunedin last weekend.

Stanley McClure was in inspirational form, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and long jump in the 10-year boys’ section while 7-year-old Jack Nicol achieved first place in the vortex throw and second in the 60m, 80m, 100m, 200m, long jump, shot put and discus.

Jacob Robinson was third in the 80m, 200m and long jump and second in the 60m and discus in the 8-years section.

Sebastian Spillane collected a silver medal in the 200m before combining with Jack Nicol, Jacob Robinson and Patrick Spillane to record a third place finish in the 8-year boys’ relay.

Mya Nicol, Jayde Read, Mya Robinson and Olive-Coco Verkerk were also in fine form, competing in finals and achieving personal best times.

In all, the team of nine North Otago athletes notched four Otago Children’s Championship titles and 15 podium places.

North Otago Athletic and Harrier Club president Jeff Spillane said the young athletes adjusted well to the competition and the club will now look forward to next year’s event.

“The small team did exceptionally well,” he said.

“They had no problem adjusting from club night competition to the bigger stage. The focus on enjoying the competition, meeting some new friends and continually improving is important to the team.

“As a club this event will be a focus for our athletes next year and we aim to take a big team to compete there.”

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Stanley McClure on his way to gold in the 10-year-boys’ 100m final.