Queen's High School has a small squad of rowing novices who
have continued to improve with every regatta throughout the
They were able to round off the season with some excellent
racing in perfect conditions on the North End course on Otago
Harbour on March 9. Riley Homan won the first division of the
novice girls singles, and paired with Gemma Clydesdale for
second in the first division of the junior girls doubles.
The Queen's crew of Rebecca Scott and Katie Atkinson won the
second division of the junior doubles.
These girls teamed together in the junior quad with coxswain
Aoife Picken. In a very exciting race, they were pipped for
first by just centimetres.
The squad is now looking forward to next season and keen to
train throughout the winter.
Tokomairiro High School held its athletics day on February
26, with the whole school participating. The pupils embraced
the spirit of the house competition and competed fiercely for
points. The final results were: Ross 1, Reid 2, Ayson 3 and
Malcolm 4. A highlight of the day was the record of 9.17m set
by Monique Perkins in the junior girls triple jump.
A team of 11 pupils travelled to Dunedin to compete in the
Otago secondary schools athletics championships at the
Caledonian. The high point for the team was Matthew
Roxburgh's effort in winning the under-14 boys 100m and 200m.
He was the leading qualifier throughout the day in his heats
and semifinal, and then he came from behind to win his first
final, the 200m. The 100m final was more clear cut and he was
well out in front by the finish line. Linette Tatupu was also
successful, throwing 25m for second place in the under-16
girls javelin. This continues on from her fine efforts last
year and with her record, she will only improve. Further
highlights were fourth placings for Karta Hewitt (high jump),
Clark Darling (discus) and Conner Devlin (triple jump). Most
of the team qualified for the Otago-Southland championships.
Two new sporting stars have emerged at Bayfield in triathlon.
Elle Cuthbert, who is new to triathlon and admits she is not
a great swimmer but catches everyone on the bike, and Denis
Gessert both had success at the Otago-Southland and South
Island events. At the Otago-Southland championships in
Cromwell, Elle (year 11) was second in the senior girls race,
despite it being only her second triathlon. Denis, who
competed at the South Island secondary schools triathlon in
Oamaru, came second in the senior boys grade. Bayfield also
won the mixed teams senior duathlon (Jess Todd and Kieran
Duncan), the senior boys teams duathlon (Valentin Heuseen and
Austen Minards), and the recreational women's grade (Mathea
The Bayfield Bashers continue to dominate secondary schools
softball at Ellis Park, with wins of up to 30-0 over most
Bayfield was represented by 27 athletes at the Otago
championships. Britta Hamill and Tori Clearwater gained the
most notable results. The under-16 girls relay team looks
sharp again this year with the inclusion of Julia Oskam.
A rowing experiment paid off for Kavanagh at the South Island
championships on Lake Ruataniwha. New Zealand lightweight
double sculls champions Zoe McBride and Hannah Duggan were
joined by Catlin Buist and Anna O'Leary in an under-18
quadruple scull. This team had previously only rowed once
together but looked like a well-oiled machine as it stroked
its way to victory. Jack O'Leary also had a great day,
winning the under-17 boys single sculls convincingly.
Kavanagh pupils won five golds and two silvers from the six A
finals they made.
Tim Morrison was one of the bright lights for Kavanagh at the
Otago athletics championships. Tim won the under-16 boys
1500m in a record time of 4min 18sec, beating the previous
mark by 1sec. Tim was pleased to get the record but pointed
out his personal-best was 4min 8sec, so he was motivated to
work hard for the South Island championships. Other pupils
who also performed extremely well were Jess Murphy, Mariana
Ioane and Sam Bremer.
The Kavanagh softball team has been in a rich vein of form
lately, beating some of the all-boys schools in the local
competition. The team beat Otago Boys' High School 9-3 and
followed that up with a 7-1 win over King's High School 7-1.
It is fair to say the team's preparation for the South Island
tournament in Invercargill is going well.
Caitlin Deans (year 9) attended the New Zealand age-group
swimming championships in Wellington. She won four medals -
bronze in the 100m freestyle, and silver in the 200m, 400m
and 800m freestyle.
The Columba College rowing club was represented by a
committed and enthusiastic group at the South Island
secondary schools championships. The crews demonstrated major
improvement, with all girls making A finals. Emma Winders
claimed a bronze in the under-17 singles and was fourth in
the under-18 singles. Emma is representing Columba at the
Devon Familton (year 9) competed at the New Zealand surf
life-saving championships at Mt Maunganui. Devon won a gold
medal in the surf race event and a bronze medal in the
Grace Carruthers, Phoebe Steele and Olivia Wilson were
members of the Otago under-21 women's touch team that won a
silver medal at the national tournament.
Blue Mountain College had three pupils gain top-three
placings at the Otago secondary schools athletics. Under-14
athlete Yvonne van Baarle won the discus and was third in the
100m, then broke records in the long jump, by 1cm, and
javelin, by a massive 5m, throwing 30.44m. Tamara Weller
(under-15) was second in the javelin and third in the high
jump. Senior Gavin Stark won the open boys 300m hurdles and
• 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: email@example.com