South Island Colgate Games 2022 | 2 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS NEW ZEALAND On behalf of Athletics New Zealand, welcome to the 2022 South Island Colgate Games, held in Invercargill. This will be the 44th running of these games. It is very exciting to see this competition go ahead, especially with Covid 19 ever present in our communities. I applaud the Local Organising Committee for their diligence and perseverance in assuring all the correct health and safety procedures are in place. Allowing our young athletes to compete in this event is a wonderful opportunity for them to experience the joy of meeting other like-minded young people and enjoy the interaction of our sport, and to do so in a safe and friendly environment. We are most grateful to have the continued support of Colgate who have been loyal and long-standing sponsors of this meeting. Along with being the major event sponsor, Colgate also sponsor four scholarships for outstanding athletes of the competition. To all the officials and volunteers, thank you very much for dedication to our sport and supporting this huge undertaking. No competition could take place without your presence and I assure you, your contribution does not go unnoticed. Thank you to the parents, clubs and athletes for supporting this event. I wish you all a fun- filled weekend and trust you all have a wonderful time and return home with some amazing memories. Ngā mihi Karen Gillum-Green President Athletics New Zealand