St Hilda's Collegiate School rowers Eliza Adams (left) and Tessa Read (both 15) win the under-15 double scull at the North End regatta on Lake Waihola on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
On October 24, 96 pupils were recognised for their
achievements in sport and cultural activities at the Queen's
and King's Performing Arts Centre.
Guest speaker for the evening was Otago Goldrush basketball
captain and ex-pupil Janet Main.
Emily White was awarded the Best All Round Sportswoman Cup
for her high achievements in aerobics, athletics, netball and
touch. New Zealand rhythmic gymnast Sarah Morrison received
the Cameron Cup for outstanding individual sporting
achievement. Other finalists for this trophy included
Christina Ashton (aerobics and athletics), Ripeka Te Moananui
(darts), Judah Kelly (speed roller blading) and Caitlin Orr
Long-serving teacher Liz Haddow was acknowledged for her
commitment and support of sport at Queen's, especially as
teacher in charge of football.
Debbie Hogg was also acknowledged for her contribution to
netball at the school.
Year 10 pupils Madalyn Fox, Christina Ashton, Jess White and
Caitlin Orr attended the Sport NZ ambassador seminar on
October 26. All were extremely motivated and inspired by
Olympic gold medallist Barbara Kendall.
An evening was held recently to celebrate sporting
excellence, achievement and commitment.
The evening was capped off with an inspiring speech from
Columba College old girl Fiona Paterson, the Olympic rower.
Blues were presented to reward excellence in sports, 42 girls
received badges for coaching junior Columba teams, year 13
girls received acknowledgement for their contribution to
sport, promising years 9-10 pupils received medals to reward
excellence, and Otago representative badges were presented.
Trophies were presented to the senior 4x100m relay team that
won gold at the New Zealand secondary schools championships
(team of the year) and Samara Dalziel (sports personality, as
voted by pupils).
New Zealand representative badges were presented to Holly
Barclay (ice hockey), Jo-Ann Chin (figure skating), Hanna
English (football), Sian English (cross-country), Phoebe
Steele (touch) and Olivia Wilson (touch). The Shona Harvey
Cup went to Samara Dalziel.
Bayfield High School
While quite new to aerobics, Bayfield High School has seen
success after success at both regional and national level,
with both students and coaches gaining medals and
Winning medals at the national championships last year meant
the girls were eager and nervous about maintaining top
results at this year's competition.
The school had some fantastic results: Jade Fielding (first
secondary junior novice individual), Gemma Still (second
secondary senior novice individual), Makayla Frost (fourth
secondary senior novice individual), Julia Tay (second adult
open female individual), Danielle Galdeman and Georgia
Henderson (fourth secondary senior open teams), Georgia
Henderson (fifth secondary senior open individual), Shannon
Hope (10th secondary junior novice individual). Bayfield was
also named runner-up in the sportsmanship award. The girls
were coached by Elizabeth Adams, Julia Tay and Jennah Booth.
The senior boys futsal team went through the season
undefeated and won the league two final last Thursday. Two
team members, Reid Hulleman and Luke Aicken, have excelled in
this sport and represent the Futsal South Otago men's team.
The year 9 and year 10 girls volleyball teams and the year 10
boys volleyball team qualified for the Mainland competition
in Timaru. This is a new tournament where the top three teams
in the Otago, Canterbury and North Otago-South Canterbury
area play against each other.
The year 10 girls were third and the year 10 boys came
fourth. All junior volleyball teams are training hard for the
South Island championships in Blenheim in two weeks.
The South Otago High School girls sevens team is the Otago
champion after winning the regional final against St Hilda's.
A 12-player squad will represent the school and the region at
the Condor Sevens in Auckland in early December. The squad
has been training hard with the help of Otago Spirit player
and SOHS ex-pupil Leyhana van Vugt.
South Otago also has a mixed touch team representing the
South Island at the New Zealand secondary schools tournament
in Hamilton on December 6. To get there, it has won both the
Otago championships and the South Island championships in
Christchurch. The team consists of 14 pupils ranging from
year 10 to year 13.
Mt Aspiring achievements
Mt Aspiring College has again had a successful winter season.
The Otago-Southland ski and snowboard championships were held
at Cardrona Alpine Resort, and the MAC teams claimed best
overall school, best boys ski team, best boys snowboard team,
best girls snowboard team and a second in the girls ski team.
Achievements included: Finlay Woods, second SbX and third
slopestyle; Conor Hayes, third SbX; Corrah Phillips, first
SbX and third slopestyle; Lucy Hayes, second SbX; Simon
Heinzmann, first GS and SX; Fraser Hannon, second SX and
third GS; Raven Voehringer third SX.
The athletes then competed in the South Island secondary
schools ski and snowboard championships, again held at
Cardrona. Pupils competed for school team and individual
titles in giant slalom, gravity cross and slopestyle
The MAC teams excelled in a number of events, both
individually and collectively, and both MAC Snowboard teams
and the boys ski team finished first overall.
Leading efforts included: Sam Poots, first ski slopestyle,
third ski X; Finlay Woods, second giant slalom snowboard,
fourth snowboard X; Charlotte Jolly, second snowboard X;
Corrah Phillips, third snowboard X, third slopestyle; Conor
Hayes, third snowboard X; Max Schikker, first ski X; Raven
Voehringer, second ski X; Fraser Hannon, third ski X; Amy
McIntyre, second ski slopestyle.
It has been a busy year for smallbore (.22 cal) target
shooting in Otago.
The Otago secondary schools competition was won by the
Waitaki Boys' team, with Otago Boys' second and King's third.
Top shots were Hayden Cleminson (OBHS), with 195.9 out of
200, and Hayley Rowe (Taieri College), with 187.5.
Otago shooters performed well in the national triple S
competition. Hayden and Sam Gabbusch (also OBHS) were the
only entrants to score 100 out of 100 during the competition.
Hayden finished the fifth overall shooter.
The largest competition of the year is the New Zealand-wide
Eley schools competition, with over 130 teams entered. The
OBHS No 1 team placed second in the boys section and third
overall. King's No 1 was 11th in the boys section and Taieri
College fourth in the mixed section. Sam Gabbusch was sixth
in the individual boys, and John Brosnahan (King's) and
Hayley were 13th overall in their respective sections.
The final and most prestigious event of the year was the
inter secondary school match held in Blenheim. OBHS shooters
Sam Gabbusch, Hayden Cleminson and Kalin Geisreiter acquitted
themselves very well, coming fifth in the teams match, with
Sam and Hayden selected for the South Island team. Hayden was
also selected for the New Zealand team for a postal match
against Great Britain, where he achieved the sixth highest
• These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools
Sports Association (OSSSA) which is proudly sponsored by
Perpetual Trust. Contact Nicki Paterson, Otago Regional Sports
director, PO Box 6303, Dunedin. Email: