Seventy Schools participated in the annual Athletics Carnival from the 1st to the 5th of June at SANTOS Stadium. 2770 children were involved with10 schools from the country making this the largest country contingent. 4 records were broken and though we experienced cloudy cold weather the rain stayed away.
With the Queen’s Birthday making for a pupil free long weekend this necessitated in some rearranging of the times and schedules of the sections involved. This did not prove to be too much of a problem, however, the Coordinators will be aware of this inconvenience when organising the 2016 Carnival.
An excellent team of Executive and Auxiliary members complemented by an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers assisted in making the week an outstanding success. The high standard participation enjoyed by the children was maintained.
A new innovation this year was the reading by two students of the ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ and the ‘Athletes Prayer’ which set the tone each day and was well received.
Another feature started this year was the Presentation to the Section 1 athletes of the Girls and Boys Pentathlon competitors before the commencement of the Section 1 Carnival. Isobel Dyson from Mercedes and Thomas Cusack from Rostrevor were the eventual winners.
My congratulations to them and all the competitors for their keen involvement and sportsmanlike behaviour.