NGAWAI Amoamo, of St Joseph’s Opotiki, and Ashbrook’s Hunter Howard-Shaw make a strong start in their race. Photos Troy Baker D9280-153

THE Eastern Bay primary school athletics day attracted a field of 360 students, all keen to secure a top-three placing and entry into the regional competition.

Sport Bay of Plenty Eastern Bay primary school sport director Exia Edwards said there was a good turnout at Rex Morpeth Park in Whakatane on Tuesday and the day was an overall success.

“Everyone performed quite well, and the weather was great, perfect actually.”

Edwards said the results would be available on the Sport Bay of Plenty website this afternoon and would be emailed out to schools.

Top three placegetters will qualify to compete at the Bay of Plenty event, taking place next Tuesday at Rex Morpeth Park from 10am to 2.30pm.

“I’m just looking forward to coming up against the Central Bay students next week,” Edwards said.

“In the past we’ve done quite well.”
Edwards said performances seemed to be improving over the years, with students showing

increasing levels of talent and ability.

“They seem to be doing better, the technique is better, they’re jumping higher, there’s obviously some training going on at schools or at clubs,” she said.

Edwards said in spite of the option existing for the past 10 years, this was the first year the event had hosted athletes with disabilities from Opotiki.

“We had four all up, they competed in the shot put, 60 metres and 100m.”

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz