Caitlin Orr was in the New Zealand under-18 ice hockey team
which won a four-game series against Australia. At the end of
March, Caitlin will join the Ice Ferns for the division two,
group A world championships in Italy.
In December, Christina Ashton won the girls 15 to 17 100m
hurdles in 15.87sec, making her the top-ranked youth woman in
the country. Christina heads to Sydney in March to compete in
the Australian junior championships.
Inline speed skater Judah Kelly broke four records at the
national championships in Auckland last month: 200m outdoor
time trial, 300m indoor and as a member of the pairs and the
women's relay team.
Queen's rowers have performed well in several regattas. At
the South Island club championships, Riley Homan won a silver
medal in the A final of the under-16 single sculls. She also
won the B final of the under-16 double with Gemma Clydesdale,
and was third in the B final of the under-16 quadruple
sculls, along with Katie Atkinson, Rebecca Scott and Aoife
Picken as coxswain.
AFL at OBHS
When Christian Blackie, Heta Scarf-Matthews and Kalib
Forde-Fraser enrolled at Otago Boys' High School, they
probably never dreamed of playing Australian rules football,
let alone for the New Zealand under-16 team.
Last March, the under-16 national championships were held in
Wellington. The three OBHS boys played four games over two
days against 70 others from around the country. The three
played in different teams to earn their selection in the
under-16 squad. Kalib also played at the under-18 national
championships a month later.
In December, Bailey Brandham, Michael and George Gray took
part in a long-distance relay swim organised by the Dunedin
Masters Swimmers. Participants swam 3-5km legs in pairs
before tagging the next pair. Overall, the group of 10
combined to swim from Cromwell to Clyde; a distance of 21km.
George swam the third leg of 4km and Bailey and Michael swam
the first and last legs, a distance of 7km.
At the beginning of January, OBHS swimmers returned to the
pool for the annual two-week Dunedin Swim Coaching Board
camp. Andrew Trembath, Jamie Mowat (year 14), Michael Gray,
Samuel Wardhaugh and Nick Pryde also took part in the
gruelling training camp consisting of 11 swim sessions, three
dry land/gym sessions and two development sessions each week.
Coming off the camp with an aerobic base of 120km-plus meant
that OBHS swimmers were able to shine in the recent Otago
championships. Bailey Brandham, Nick Pryde and Samuel
Wardhaugh were standouts with a combined medal haul of 12.
Jamie Mowat, Andrew Trembath and Bailey Brandham also
recently competed in the eastern regional surf championships
in Whangamata. Andrew Trembath won the under-19 surf race and
teamed up with Jamie Mowat for success in the under-19 tube
rescue. These boys, along with Lachie Brandham, are now
aiming for the national championships in March with hopes of
achieving qualification to the world championships in France
later this year.
The OBHS under-19 sevens team qualified for the Condor
championship held in Auckland for the third consecutive year.
The OBHS team made the top eight of the competition for the
first time and was only narrowly defeated (21-14) by Rotorua
Boys' in the quarterfinal.
South Otago High School
Mikayla Latta and Atawhai Hotene travelled to Australia at
the end of 2013. Mikayla played for the New Zealand under-17
girls touch team and Atawhai played for the New Zealand
under-15 mixed touch team. Both girls enjoyed the experience
of playing at this level and it helped to increase their
knowledge of the game.
Mikayla Latta and Sam Hollows were selected for the Otago
women's sevens team last year. The team finished in sixth
place at the national tournament.
Columba College sport
Hanna English is in the United States with the New Zealand
under-17 football team preparing for the world cup in March.
The Columba senior A touch team competed at the national
championships in Auckland for the first time, gaining a
creditable seventh place. Phoebe Steele, Grace Carruthers and
Georgie Wood have been selected in the Otago under-21 team
for the national championships. Jordyn Taylor, Claudia
Carruthers and McKayler Moore have been selected in the
under-17 and under-15 mixed teams.
Columba produced its best national athletic results, gaining
10 medals. Sian English won gold medals in both the senior
4km road race and the team race. Sian was selected in the New
Zealand secondary schools team and named one of five
outstanding athletes of the championships. Charlotte Cahill
and Hanna English were the two other athletes completing the
gold medal team. Hanna gained a bronze medal as an individual
in the same event. The senior 4 x 100m relay team - Analise
Cowie, Lily Cunningham, Zoe Flockton and Maddy Spence - won
silver. Maddy gained a bronze medal in the open 300m hurdles.
Devon Familton and Caitlin Deans had a successful Otago
swimming championships, winning 12 gold medals between them.
Caitlin has qualified for the Australian championships in
Sydney in April.
The Columba rowing team competed at the South Island club
championships recently. The under-16 eight won gold in this
event. It was the first time a Columba eight had won a gold
medal at the event in many years. Also at this regatta, the
Columba novice eight placed fourth, just 0.04sec off third.
Emma Winders won the under-19 single and double.
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