PBs all round for talented family

Competitive streak ... The Colgate Games recently gave Poolburn’s Geary siblings a chance to achieve personal bests in their chosen fields. The siblings, from left, Te Kauru, Kahu, Te Huri and Pania. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


Central Otago’s Geary siblings are continuing to prove their ability on the athletics track.

Siblings Pania (14), Kahu (13), Te Kauru (11) and Te Huri (8), of Poolburn, recently competed at the Colgate Games in Nelson, where they all achieved personal bests in their fields.

Kahu also returned home with a medal haul, including gold for high jump and bronze in long jump, 100m and 200m.

Pania competed in shot put, 80m hurdles discus, 100m and 200m sprints, while Te Kauru competed in shot put, discus, 100m and 200m sprints.

Te Huri showed form in the 60m, 100m and 200m sprints and discus.

Parents Brigette and Bill Geary were watching from the sidelines, where they celebrated many proud moments.

Mrs Geary said the overall experience for her as a parent was ‘‘Wow’’.

‘‘I’m a very supportive parent. I had lost my voice and shed a few tears for how proud I was of them. They just blew me away.’’

She said each of the children, who represent Alexandra Athletics, has other interests off the track.

They all played rugby — Pania for Dunstan High School’s First XV and the boys for Matakanui Combined.

However, it was their ability on the athletics track that allowed them to perform at an individual level, Mrs Geary said, ‘‘where one excels in throwing, the other in speed or jumping’’.

Competing in athletics meant they did not need to be in anyone else’s shadow. ‘‘They can be themselves,’’ she said.