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Aspiring young athletes converge on Dunedin for 41st Colgate Games

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Nearly 900 Kiwi kids are taking their marks in Dunedin this weekend for New Zealand’s junior athletics championships - the Colgate Games.

This year, 63 clubs from across the North and South Islands have enrolled teams for the South Island event - with Christchurch Avon Athletic Club signing up the most participants, with 75 children ready to compete.

Colgate Games South Island Chair Bryce Watt says the 2019 Colgate Games are set to be an exciting three days of events, with a massive 3,963 individual event entries.

"It’s great to see the athletes trying their hand at a range of sports. On average, each competitor is taking part in at least four events.

"Long jump is the hot favourite for 2019, and we’re also seeing rising numbers of athletes trying out some of the traditionally less popular sports like race-walking," Watt says.

The South Island Colgate Games are being held from the 11 - 13 January at the Caledonian Ground in Dunedin.

The sponsorship of the Games by Colgate was established in 1978 - making it one of the longest continuous sports sponsorships in New Zealand.

Colgate General Manager John Garside says the Colgate Games are about celebrating and encouraging New Zealand’s up and coming athletes.

"The Colgate Games are a chance for many young athletes to try their luck at new sports, meet new friends, and to have their first taste of competing on a national level.

"As New Zealand’s longest running children’s athletics competition, the Colgate Games have a proud history of putting future Olympians on their course," Garside says.

Colgate and Athletics New Zealand have provided eight scholarships worth $700 each for athletes who display outstanding performances.

The eight scholarships - four awarded each in the North and South Islands - are named after Colgate Games alumnus and two-time Olympic medallist, Nick Willis. The funds will go towards helping the winning athletes achieve their sporting goals.

The North Island Colgate Games recently concluded in Hamilton, with nearly 1,400 participants from 88 clubs in attendance.

The 2019 North Island Colgate Games

When: 4 - 6 January 2019

Where: Porritt Athletics Stadium, Crosby Road, Chartwell, Hamilton

The 2019 South Island Colgate Games

When: 11 - 13 January 2019

Where: Caledonian Ground, 50 Logan Park Dr, North Dunedin, Dunedin

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