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Saturday 14 November 2009 | Published in Regional

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Avarua Primary School took out the Prince of Wales athletics trophy yesterday for the third year in a row.

The school amassed a whopping 995 points from the full day of athletics at the BCI Stadium.

Arch rivals Avatea had to settle for second place on 846 points while this year’s host school St Joseph’s were over the moon with their third place achievement after the little school earned 530 points.

The three winning schools were also judged the most outstanding marching teams of the day, and their early morning win in the marching competition set a solid foundation for the rest of their day.

The annual athletics meet was a huge success with hundreds of parents and relatives gathering at the stadium for the fun filled day of athletics.

The mini racers were a little disappointed at not being able to race on the synthetic track, but were still supportive enough to cheer on their senior students who did race on the track.

The babes of the schools had the entire rugby field to run their 50m and 70m dash races which were once again the most entertaining races of the day.

Long jump and high jump were also part of the competition but the track events were definitely the most popular on the day.

Master commentator George George had the task of keeping the programme flowing smoothly and quite a number of children walked away from the competition with new nicknames thanks to George.

The day’s programme ran almost two hours over schedule but there were no complaints with St Joseph’s School doing a grand job of hosting the event from providing water for everyone, sandwiches and cakes for the officials and even supplying a ‘green team’ to pick up rubbish and make sure the stadium was litter free.

Parents and supporters who turned out for the great day of athletics would have to agree that it was a fantastic day.