The children all competed in the cross country events at the weekend.
The children all competed in the cross country events at the weekend. Philippe Coquerand

Games played in good spirit

SCHOOL CARNIVAL: It's games played in the spirit of goodwill that has helped ensure its survival for the past 18 years.

The 18th Annual Goodwill Games was held in Abercorn with schools across the district competing to bring home gold. From Discus, to High jumping to Shot Put and Ring Riding, there was activities for everyone to participate.

The Announcer Bruce Tye has been announcing at the events for the past 17 years and said it was a lot of fun; later declaring this year was going to be his last.

"These events first started off with Shelley Hindmarsh and like the name states, it's games played in a spirit of goodwill,” Tye said.

"We get all the little schools together and they all compete, some of these kids may be mates or cousins so it's a bit of fun for everyone.”

"I've enjoyed myself over the years as the announcer, have had fun and it's a good gig so it's time for me to hand it over to somebody younger.”

Mr Tye said Abercorn State School holds true value to his family.

"I went to school here, my son went to school here so we've got a bit of an association with it and we will always support the school,” Tye said.

"Despite my passion for announcing, I believe it's in the best interest to hand it over to somebody else.”

Around a few hundred students took part in the competition.

Abercorn State School Principal Darren Philp said it's all about having a good time and getting the students to participate.

"The event is held with great pride and tradition, and we are not here for the Olympics,” Philp said.

"Achieving with Pride is the main name of the game.”

The 18th Goodwill Games concluded with parents taking part in the box challenge where they have to jump over XXXX boxes.


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