football and rugby goalposts and a resurgence of the Eels
have all contributed to unprecedented growth in sports
participation at Taieri College.
The school's head of sport, Mike Tabb, said several factors
contributed to an increase in participation levels of 12% -
or about 128 students - last year and an improvement in
performance. Part of the reason for the boost was the
purchase of football goals last year and rugby posts this
''It is a source of pride that much of the college's sport is
being played at the school again,'' he said.
The performances of Taieri's premier rugby team - which is
leading the Dunedin competition - was also a positive for the
''The pride and positivity around the resurgence of the Eels
has fed through to the school, the sports programmes and the
hearts of the community.''
Support from the community, coaches and teachers were also
important parts of the picture.
''Teachers and the school go the extra mile for the students,
but they have only so many hours to devote and so many of the
... sports would not have been possible without the
commitment and sacrifice of families and members of our
Taieri College sporting highlights:
• The first XI football team has been unbeaten for more than
• Netball teams have made the top three in Otago in three age
• Sailors came first in Division A and third in Division B at
the recent South Island championships.
• Equestrian team won the Allan Barker Interschool Trophy for
the second year in a row;
Jayne Beattie selected to represent New Zealand in