Blue Mountain College had two pupils who excelled at the New
Zealand secondary schools athletics in December.
Gavin Stark (16) was third of 53 competitors in the senior
boys 100m, running 11.08sec. In his first competitive race in
the open 300m hurdles he ran an outstanding 40.27sec,
securing the silver medal.
Year 9 pupil Yvonne van Baarle threw 31.95m to claim silver
in the junior girls section. She then competed in the
13-year-old section at the Colgate Games in Invercargill in
January. Yvonne jumped 5.11m in the long jump and threw
10.07m in the shot put, winning gold medals in both events.
She was also in the 4 x 100m girls under-14 relay team that
won a bronze medal.
Mt Aspiring update
Dylan Bradley and Rob Harper competed in the New Zealand disc
golf championships in Auckland recently. Dylan placed first
and Rob second in the under-18 male section.
Morgan Allen and Cedric Stefani placed third overall in the
Southland tennis junior (boys 14s) open doubles.
Canoeist Jessica Bailey returned from the Australian Youth
Olympics in which she won a silver medal in the K1 women's
Finn Bilous has spent the past eight weeks racing in the
USASA freeskiing series, taking gold in the halfpipe and
slopestyle (13-15yrs) in Breckenridge, Colorado. He leads the
Rocky Mountain series for slopestyle and is in second place
in the halfpipe.
The final race in the New Zealand mountain bike cup series
was held in Auckland. Janus Staufenberg, Alex Young, Luke
Wright and Julius Staufenberg finished first, second, third
and fourth respectively in the under-15 boys race. Paul
Wright was second in the under-17 race.
The Aspiring athletes club had great success at the Colgate
Games in Invercargill in January. Eight junior Wanaka
athletes joined 800 athletes from all over New Zealand and
Australia in the event. Oliver Jarvie won a bronze medal in
the 14-year-old boys 100m hurdles, Ned Williams-Holloway
claiming bronze in the 13-year-old boys 100m hurdles and
Layne Opetaia won silver in the boys age 13 high jump.
New turf at Toko
Tokomairiro High School has bought a large quantity of
artificial turf from Otago hockey, which is replacing one of
its turfs to meet international standards. A community
working bee was held in December, with about 40 volunteers
helping to lay the turf. The area covered is equivalent to
three netball courts and will be marked with netball, tennis
and hockey lines.
Last year, Tokomairiro fielded a hockey team in the Dunedin
competition for the first time in many years. The new turf
will provide a great training area for this sport and many
others as it is an all-weather surface.
The project was made possible by the generous support of
local businesses which transported the five truckloads of
underlay and turf to Milton, and which also provided
machinery on the day. The project had also been funded from
the Tokomairiro student council and the Tokomairiro PTA.
Bayfield numbers strong
Bayfield High School participation numbers are up on last
year. So far, Bayfield has teams entered in futsal, touch,
volleyball, water polo and cricket. Lessons for surfing are
about to start as well as have-a-go days for squash and
Bayfield year 10 volleyball boys finished as the top Dunedin
team at the South Island championships in Blenheim, and the
seniors have been preparing for the nationals this year in
In sailing, Sharna Verhof and Emma Rogers-Bromley finished
13th in the open women's Sunburst class. They also claimed
the cup for the top under-20 team as well as the top
secondary school team in the country.
Success at Cromwell
Nikayla Bolch had success at the Otago-Canterbury swimming
championships. She won gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver
in the 50m breaststroke, and bronze in the 200m individual
medley and 200m breaststroke. Nikalya also had 13
personal-best times, and two more qualifying times for the
national championships. She now has six swims in Wellington
for the national age-group championships, as well as being
included in two club relays.
At the same event, Jack Harrison won the boys 15 and 16 200m
backstroke, and claimed bronze in the 50m backstroke. Jack
also heads to Wellington for the national age-group
David Beck participated in the Special Olympics Otago
regional games in December. He won gold in each of his
events: 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 100m
freestyle relay and 100m medley relay.
Cromwell College had six pupils competing in the New Zealand
schools athletics in Dunedin in December. Larissa Van der
Hoeff gained her first national title in the AWD ID 400m with
a record-breaking time of 1min 22.21sec. She was also second
in both the 200m and the javelin.
Otago Boys' tour of Africa
South Africa, a land of game parks, circling sharks and
cricket schools, recently became home to 14 OBHS cricketers
and their parents.
More than a year of planning, preparation and fundraising
paid off when the group took the long flight from Sydney to
Johannesburg. Within 36 hours, the group had been billeted,
visited the Johannesburg zoo, practised at altitude, visited
the sombre apartheid museum, and won a game against
Northcliff High School by 110 runs.
The next day involved a short bus trip to Pretoria and a game
against St Albans College resulting in a last-ball win to the
home side in what would be the only loss for Otago Boys' on
An afternoon outing to a unique resort proved a huge contrast
to the natural wilderness of the game reserve the day before.
Sun City has everything to offer visitors from international
golf courses to man-made beaches and waterslides. The team
then travelled to Cape Town which was to be the team's base
for the second week of the tour.
Sunday proved to be a day of huge contrast. From the luxury
of a waterfront hotel, the team travelled a short distance to
the township of Langa - a government-planned project to house
hundreds of thousands of black Africans - where a twenty/20
game was won.
A day-night game against Bishops Diocesan College followed.
The win by 85 runs featured a rare hat trick off the first
three balls of the innings by opening bowler Sam Angus, who
finished with six for 17 off nine overs.
Two days of rest and recreation included a boat trip to
Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela was
imprisoned, and a gondola ride to Table Mountain. Game five
against Bergvliet High School resulted in a comfortable win
after some very good bowling (five for 36) by Declan Sua, and
equally sound batting under lights by Jarryd Taig (36 not
out) and Taine Bayly (53 not out).
Queen's on podium
Queen's High School pupil Judah Kelly (year 10) competed in
the national inline speed skating championships during the
holidays. The outdoor event was in Palmerston North and the
indoor event at the Wanganui Jubilee Stadium. Judah competed
in 14 events in total and came away with 11 national titles
and five national records. She was also presented with nine
trophies, including the most outstanding performance.
Nine Queen's pupils competed in the national secondary
schools athletics championships in Dunedin in December.
Christina Ashton won the 80m junior girls hurdles. Kirsten
Reid won the AWD 100m, 200m, 400m (record) and high jump.
Maddy Witchell won the AWD 100m, 200m and long jump (record).
Shontelle Evans placed second in the 100m.
Year 13 pupil Gabby Scott competed in the North Island surf
rescue championships in December. She won a gold medal in the
women's mass rescue and silver medals in the under-21 single
rescue and the premier mass rescue.
Medals for Columba
Columba College athletes won six medals at the New Zealand
secondary schools athletics championships. Sian English
claimed silver in the senior girls road race and was selected
in the New Zealand secondary schools athletics team. Maddy
Spence won bronze in the junior 80m hurdles. The senior 4 x
100m relay team of Analise Cowie, Laura Saville, Zoey
Flockton and Maddy Spence won a silver medal, running a slick
The Columba College sports council welcomed eight new members
at the annual meeting. An initiative for the Sports Council
in 2013 is before-school Zumba classes. A total of 75 pupils
participated in and enjoyed the classes. Elite fitness
sessions will also be starting before school.
Grace Carruthers, Olivia Wilson and Phoebe Steele have been
selected in the Otago under-21 women's touch team. These
three girls were also selected in the Otago under-17 team and
the South Island under-17 tournament team. Kate Fowler and
Georgie Wood were also selected in the Otago under-17 team.
The under-17 team won the South Island tournament and will
compete at the national tournament in Tauranga. Phoebe is
captain of this team. Emma Wylie was selected in the Otago
under-15 team and the Otago mixed team.
Rose Johnston was selected in the Otago under-21 women's
These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools
Sports Association (OSSSA). Contact Nicki Paterson, Otago
Regional Sports Director, PO Box 6303, Dunedin. Email: