The annual School District 85 track meet took place at Port Hardy Secondary School on Tuesday, June 7.
“It’s an exciting day to be an elementary school student,” said MC Shawn Gough, who is also the local president of the Vancouver Island North Teachers’s Association.
Students, teachers, parents and volunteers gathered to watch elementary school students, from grades three to seven compete in a day of track and field events.
Kids from across the North Island proudly represented their schools. Teams from A.J. Elliot, Alert Bay, Eagleview, Fort Rupert, Gold River Tahsis, Gwa’sala – Nakwaxda’xw, Kakolatsi, Seaview, and Sunset, were competing in the meet.
The events included events like the 1500 metre race, 200 metre sprints, triple jump, long jump, shot put, and discus ball throw.
Grade six student Talia Child competed in the first event of the day, the peewee girls 1500 metre. She took home first place for her school Fort Rupert Elementary.
Students were awarded ribbons up to sixth place.
“It feels awesome,” said grade four Sunset Elementary student Travyn Foster after winning first place in the 200 metre relay.
Foster added he was excited and nervous about the rest of the day’s events, as he would also be competing in the 400 metre relay.
The weather was also cooperative for the district meet.
It was overcast in the morning as the kids warmed up, but the sun began to shine as the day progressed.