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East End sports plan gets $4,000 boost

Efforts to build a community sports court in St George’s are approaching the halfway mark after a successful fundraiser this weekend.

On Saturday, St George’s Primary School hosted the Olympiad, a sports-themed fun day as part of a plan to raise $100,000 to build a multi-functional sports court.

PTA president Marlo Santiago said the event managed to raise around $4,000, leaving them $54,000 away from their goal.

“The weather was quite pleasant and the turnout was great,” she said. “Not only did we have current students and their families, past students and their families, teachers, and alumni attend but we had members of the community from as far away as Southampton come down to visit and enjoy the fun.”

A total of ten teams took part in the Olympiad, challenging themselves, and each other, in a series of ten events including wall climbing, log walking, tire stacking and relay races.

“Each event was specifically designed to highlight certain skill sets that the school PE curriculum aims to instil in the children,” Ms Santiago said. “On some events, it was hysterically obvious that some of us adults have lost those skill sets. I know that certain participants were taking Advil the next day.”

At the end of the day, teams ‘All Betts are Off’ came first, ‘The Fellas and Jessie’ came second, and ‘Spanish Jumping Beans’ came third.

“The feedback that I have received from the participants, the judges, the volunteers and the children has been absolutely positive,” Mrs Santiago said. “Families enjoyed themselves and bonded and we all had many laughs.

“I believe that everyone will have taken something positive about sports, family and community away from this event.”

Fun for funds: All Betts spring for points while 'Space Hopping' at the St George's Preparatory School's Olympiad fundraiser on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm)

East End sports plan gets $4,000 boost

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