BIT OF A GIGGLE: Three youngsters getting a kick out of the sack race while “competing” in the mini-Olympics at Ellem Oval.
BIT OF A GIGGLE: Three youngsters getting a kick out of the sack race while “competing” in the mini-Olympics at Ellem Oval. Adam Hourigan

Mini-Olympics were gold for pre-schoolers

THE medals might not be real, but the smiles were all golden on Thursday as more than 70 children took part in a mini-Olympics event at Ellem Oval.

The event, in its fourth year, involved pre-school children from the Bright Sparks, Jack and Jill and Good Start centres, and according to organiser Narelle Stratford, was a great way to get the kids into the community.

"We started the event because some of the kids were interested in the Olympics, and it's really grown from there," said Ms Stratford.

"This is the first time we've had three schools involved and the interaction between the different communities is so valuable for all the children."

Many different events were on offer, including a mini--marathon around the oval.

"The smiles from the kids during the day were just magic," said Ms Stratford.

"There were some very tired kids by the end of the day, but you couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces."



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