Maitland Street was awash with red, green and yellow on Wednesday as Bingara Central School students kicked off the Thomson Cup.
Bingara is one of the only towns that begin their annual school athletics carnival with a march.
Marching with enthusiasm, the Laver house won the marching at Thomson Cup.
“It is a unique and proud tradition and one we are keen to maintain,” principal Mark Vale said. “It is a great way to engage the community with what the school is doing.
People come out of the shops and line the street to see what is going on and it is very enjoyable for the students, who wear their house colours and get into the spirit of the day.”
The school takes great pride in marching, and this year Laver took out the coveted top marching honors. They made their way to around to Gwydir Oval ready to run and push themselves in athletic endeavors including high jump, long jump and shot put. Bradman claimed bragging rights, winning overall.
“There was terrific sportsmanship, participation and involvement all round,” Mr. Vale said. “It was a beautiful sunny day and great to see so many parents and family members come along to show their support.”
As a result of this carnival, 41 primary students will now go on to compete at zone level. This will take place in Inverell on Friday, August 8.
Regionals will follow on Friday, August 29. Infants students had the chance to come along and participate in a couple of events and cheer on older students in the later part of the day. They will have their sports day on September 18.