Valuable lessons in fun and fitness

May 19, 2017

10-year-old age champions stand on the podium, with girls joint winners Sophie Scoble and Ava Harris, and boys winner Ryan Foster.

Mylee Ayres, Annabel Johnson Laura Foster tied for the seven-year-old age champions.

First prize for the 11-year-old girls sprint went to Telani Bibby, with Nicole Foster (left) second and Matilda Edsall-French (right) third.

Victoria Pese took out first prize in the five-year-old girls sprint, while Gemma Atkins (left) came second and Milla Pieowchiak (right) came third.

LOCAL schools gathered together for a sunny day of fitness and fun at the Heathcote Sports Day.

Heathcote Primary School, Holy Rosary Primary School and Tooborac Primary School took part in the community athletics event.

With the three schools split into four mixed teams or “houses”, the event encouraged students, parents and teachers to network.

“It creates those connections which are so important in our small community,” Heathcote Primary School physical education co-ordinator Rhys Clayton said.

With Tooborac involved in the event for the first time, Mr Clayton hoped to see other local kids — such as the local home-school community — get involved.

He also hoped through the schools uniting, a substantial athletics team could be formed to take on tough competitors.

“I would love to see the kids from the McIvor district compete against Bendigo eventually,” he said.

“It can be demoralising as one school, whereas if we combined, we could take on some big schools.”

In the meantime, the Heathcote Sports Day will continue to provide a community day for our town.

“Combined school events like this show we’re all working together towards the same goal,” Mr Clayton said.

“To give local kids the best opportunities.”

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