Ready for a day of action and fun at the first Gympie Youth Olympics tomorrow are (back from left) Joel Hughes, Lana Wells, Alana Vogler, Sam and Amelia Comerford, Kimberley McClintock and (front) Alex Corry.
Ready for a day of action and fun at the first Gympie Youth Olympics tomorrow are (back from left) Joel Hughes, Lana Wells, Alana Vogler, Sam and Amelia Comerford, Kimberley McClintock and (front) Alex Corry. Renee Pilcher

Non-stop action for Youth Olympics

WITH all the action of a block buster movie — if only the part about pegging jaffas at the big screen — tomorrow’s Youth Olympics will be packed with non-stop entertainment.

It’s the first combined youth event involving the region’s high schools and many of the churches.

Christian Family Church youth pastor Leanne Heck said a number of youth leaders, youth pastors and chaplains from across the region had formed Gympie Combined Youth with plans to hold a major youth event each term.

This first event kicks off with Youth Olympics at 4.30pm tomorrow, followed by a concert.

“The whole afternoon only costs $5,” Miss Heck said.

“It’s cheaper than a movie ticket and you get stacks of action and entertainment. There will even be super heroes and ginger ninjas.”

“Come dressed in old clothes but bring a towel and change of clothes for the concert because games involve paint sponge ball, mattress relay and squidiron.”

For those who don’t know, squidiron is a game of football played with squid instead of a ball. For more laughs have a go at snortput – which involves putting a maltesers up noses and snorting them the furthest distance.

“Paint sponge ball involves buckets of coloured soapy water and squidiron uses fishy squid... They are messy games so make sure you bring a change of clothes because a concert will follow.

“Enjoy the $1.50 sausage sizzle and canteen while you get changed into good clothes for the concert which starts at 8pm and everything will finish by 10pm.”

Miss Heck said all Gympie youth would benefit from the event, whether they were involved with a church or not. She said 10 Gympie churches had got behind the initiative already and the event was an extension of what they already offered their young members.

“All these churches run their own youth groups on a Friday night and the goal of these combined events are to make sure youth in the community are aware of the youth groups that meet every week.

“The aim of Gympie Combined Youth is to give kids something else to do rather than hang out on the streets.

“There is another alternative — a place where they can have fun in a safe environment.”

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