Iggy Hobbs, 4, goes for gold in the weightlifting.
Iggy Hobbs, 4, goes for gold in the weightlifting. Patrick Gorbunovs

Preschoolers love little Olympics

TEACHERS at Lismore Preschool were pinning their hopes on getting some nice long sleeps out of their young charges yesterday afternoon.

From 11am to 2pm they had put the three to five-year-old students through their own miniature Olympics.

"We have done it a few times," said Alexis Hughes, the Brewster St community preschool's nominated supervisor.

"It was an idea that the staff came up with together, a team effort, a bit like the Olympics really!"

Children were given a lesson about the real Olympics, and shown visuals of different sports usually played on the world stage. Then teachers and children joined forces to work out which activities they would be able to replicate in the preschool's outdoor area.

The children tried their skills at pint-sized versions of track and field, javelin and discus, basketball, weightlifting and gymnastics.

"The children really love it because they get to be in the great outdoors for a lot of the day and use their gross motor skills," Alexis said.

"And then we have a barbecue lunch with the parents and grandparents who have come along for the day."

Four-year-old Iggy Hobbs showed impressive strength on the weightlifting circuit - "My bones make me strong," he said - but, when pressed, the young athlete confessed that his heart belonged to gymnastics.

"I love the hoops because I get to jump through them, and I really like jumping through hoops," he said.

Three-year-old Nhi Tran bounded over hurdles like a seasoned expert while four-year-old Luke Rippon was another hoop fan.

"The hoops are the best," he said. "It's fun." Why? "Because it is."



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