Hamilton club send largest number of Waikato athletes to Colgate Games 2022

An incredible 75 Waikato athletes will compete in the Colgate 2022 Games.

The Colgate 2022 Games will go ahead as planned and an incredible 75 Waikato athletes will take part in the annual event, which kicks off in Wellington on January 7.

The Fairfield Athletic Club of Hamilton sends the largest number of competitors to Waikato with 28 young athletes expected. The North Island event will bring together a total of 1,036 young athletes from 75 clubs competing at the Newtown Track Stadium.

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Athletic NZ General Manager Pete Pfitzinger said: “We are delighted that, thanks to the traffic light system, the Colgate Games can take place with participants from all over New Zealand. The Colgate Games are a highlight of the summer calendar and we are committed to making it a fun and safe event. “

So, according to the government’s Covid-19 protection framework, this year’s Colgate Games require a vaccine pass for all participants 12 years and three months and older.

Clubs in Waikato with young athletes ready to run, jump and fight their way to the podium include Fairfield Athletic Club, Paeroa Amateur Athletics Club, Hamilton City Hawks Athletics Inc, Tokoroa Track & Field Club, Cambridge Athletic & Harrier Club, Hinemoa Amateur Athletics Club, Tokoroa Junior Athletic & Harrier Club, Ōtorohanga Athletic Club, Taupō Athletic Club, Matamata Athletic Club, Putāruru Athletics & Harrier Club and Te Awamutu Athletic Club.

Pfitzinger says that over the years the Colgate Games have become a rite of passage for many Kiwis. “There is always such a fun atmosphere and seeing the smiles on the faces of so many Kiwi kids who love to be active and make friendships will be a great way to start an exciting summer season of athletics across the country. “

For more than 40 years, The Colgate Games have offered children ages 7-14 the chance to compete in a fun and supportive environment. Participants do not need to be selected or be a top athlete, although medals are awarded to 10-14 year olds. For 7-9 year olds, the emphasis is on participation.

A few now internationally renowned athletes participated in the games, including New Zealand hockey players Amy Robinson and Stephanie Dickins, rugby icon Jeff Wilson and Olympian Tom Walsh in the shot put.

Details for the North Island Colgate Games 2022
When: January 7 to 9, start of the competition at 9 a.m.
Or: Newtown Athletics Stadium, Wellington
Tickets: Doorstep sale, $ 7 for a one-day pass, $ 18 for three days

Details for the 2022 South Island Colgate Games
When: January 14 to 16
Or: Surrey Park, Invercargill
Tickets: Doorstep sale, $ 7 for a one-day pass, $ 18 for three days

Naomi C. Amerson