Mt Aspiring success
Mt Aspiring College has had an outstanding start to the
sporting year with top results in the following South Island
Rowing: Riley Bruce, Nathan Redai, Olivia Pearce, Bridie
Hurley, Maddy Ball, Helena Crawford, Alex Mitchell all
competed in Twizel. Results included: A grade, Riley Bruce
first in U16 Singles and U17 Singles;Riley Bruce and Nathan
Redai, first in U16 double sculls; B grade, Olivia Pearce,
Bridie Hurley, first in U16 double sculls.
Adventure racing: Jayden Fisher, Teegan Vink, Craig Murray,
Paul Wright, Harrison Brown, Campbell Russell, Nick Toepfer,
Joseph Wilson, Hank Bilous, Finlay Nolet, Niko Schikker and
Kyran Gray. Thirty teams of four compete completing an 8km
run, 8.5km kayak, 18km trek, abseiling, 5km kayak and a 30km
mountain bike. MAC seniors Jayden, Teegan, Craig and Paul
claimed first place in 8hr 11min.
Multisport/triathlon: Julius Staufenberg, Paul Wright, Alex
Young, Nick Toepfer, Janus Staufenberg and PhoebeYoung all
competed well. Janus was first in intermediate boys, and
Phoebe was first in junior girls.
Queen's High School
Sport on the track has dominated the past month but Queen's
has also had girls performing on water, on courts, on touch
fields, on off-road trails and at a neighbouring primary
With second place in the U16 single, Riley Homan was the most
successful of the QHS rowers at the South Island secondary
schools championships at Lake Ruataniwha on March 8-9. The
squad is now looking forward to competing in the Maadi Cup.
The school athletics day saw two records broken: Ella Scott
in the U14 800m and Madre Mostert in over-16 shot put, while
Lyric Newman equalled the U16 high jump record. Thirty
athletes progressed to the Otago secondary schools
championships, where Christina Ashton won the senior girls
100m, 200m and 100m hurdles. Had the wind not just exceeded
the maximum allowable, she would have broken the 100m hurdles
record with a time of 14.84sec. Christina was invited to
compete in the Australian junior championships in Sydney.
The athletics season has been extremely successful for year
13 athlete Anna Grimaldi. Having taken up athletics just five
months ago, Anna has her eyes set on representing New Zealand
at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Competing in her first major
competition in December at the New Zealand secondary schools
championships in Hamilton under the AWD-PD classification
T47/F46, Anna placed first in the 100m, 200m, 400m and long
jump. In each of these she set secondary schools and national
records. Anna recently returned from the Queensland
championships, where she was competing to get international
classification for her disability. She gained a silver medal
in the long jump, beating her own New Zealand record with a
jump of 4.84m, and placed fifth in the 100m final, again
beating her own New Zealand record with a time of 14.00sec.
Other outstanding Bayfield results include Daniel
Roger-Bromley's record-breaking effort of 1.70m in the
under-16 boys' high jump at the Bayfield championships. He
followed up with a first place at the Otago secondary schools
championships. Rowan Lewis placed third in this event. Aaron
Anderson placed first in both the senior boys 1500m and
3000m, Tori Clearwater placed second and 3rd in the 100m and
200m respectively, and Britta Hamill placed second in the
400m and open 300m hurdles, and third in the 100m hurdles.
Tokomairiro High School
Tokomairiro athletes performed well at the Otago secondary
schools athletics. Linette Tatupu was second in the senior
girls javelin with 23.63m. Terri Thomas finished second in
the senior girls triple jump. It was only her second triple
jump competition and her first at the Caledonian. Also in the
top six were Toni Hall in the long jump (sixth), and Karta
Hewitt (fifth) in the high jump.
The Tokomairiro senior mixed touch team qualified for the
South Island secondary schools tournament in Christchurch at
the end of March. This tops off a great touch season for
Toko, with the senior boys team winning the senior men's B
grade in Balclutha, with a promotion to the senior men's A
grade next season. The senior girls placed second in the
women's B grade. Playing in the Mosgiel competition this
year, both the senior mixed teams have made it through to the
finals in their respective grades.
Blue Mountain successes
Blue Mountain College had five skiers compete at Perkins Pond
in the Otago-Southland secondary schools water-skiing
championships. Year 9 pupil Tom Hancox won the junior boys
U13 section followed by Nick Stark, while Sam Perkins was
second in the boys 16 and under championship grade. Blue
Mountain College placed second out of 10 teams.
At the annual athletics, year 7 pupil Harry McKenzie ran
superbly, breaking records in the 200m, 400m and an old 1976
record in the 800m. Yvonne van Baarle also excelled, breaking
under-15 records in 100m, long jump, shot put, discus and
At the Otago athletics championships, year 9 pupil Maddy
Calder threw an outstanding 20.93m to win the under-14
javelin, while Yvonne van Baarle won her shot put and long
jump events. Year 11 pupil Ben Rea threw a personal best of
41.89m to finish second in the boys U16 javelin.
The NZ Shield and NZCT girls cricket teams were both defeated
in their semifinals, against Arrowtown Primary School and a
very talented St Hilda's team.
Columba College had its best performance in a decade at the
South Island secondary schools rowing championships. The
novice eight won its A final over St Margaret's and Rangi
Ruru. The girls led from the start and won by more than three
This was followed up by the under-16 eight having a very
strong race and coming third in the final, with just half a
length covering from first to third. Emma Winders continued
her fine form, winning the under-18 single comfortably.
The junior and senior teams won the recent South Island
triathlon event in Oamaru. The senior team had Caitlin Deans
swimming, Bailey Saville cycling and Charlotte Cahill
running. In the juniors, Gabby Trotter swam, Anna McLachlan
cycled and Isabelle Becconsall-Ryan ran. Two girls - Holly
Barclay (senior) and Ella Harris (under-16) - competed as
individuals and won silver medals.
An exceptionally strong Columba team competed at the recent
Otago athletic championships. Lydia Shirley (U16) won all
three throwing events. In the under-14 grade, Ellie Duncan
(100m and 200m) and Isabelle Becconsall-Ryan (1500m and
3000m) claimed two titles each, as did Charlotte Cahill in
the senior 1500m and 3000m events. Chenoa Metua and Lilly
Cunningham ran strongly to win the 400m events in their
respective U14 and 16 grades. The 4x100m relay teams ran
strongly to win the U14 grade and place second in U15 and
Otago Boys' cycling
Last year, Lachie McGregor had a strong showing at under-17
level at the national track cycling championships and won
silver medals in both the individual pursuit and points race
events. This resulted in an invitation to join the New
Zealand junior track training camp ahead of the Oceania
championships in November. An untimely injury a week before
the camp meant Lachie could only join the camp as a
spectator, ruling out the possibility of his first national
selection. With a great deal of time spent at the physio and
only three weeks back on the bike, Lachie was able to enter
the Oceania championships as an Otago representative. He was
the leading New Zealand rider in the under-19 3km individual
pursuit, winning the bronze medal for his efforts.
Just days after the Oceania event, Lachie left for Perth,
where he trained with the Western Australian junior track
squad for eight weeks, returning to New Zealand in late
January. He competed in the New Zealand under-19 omnium
championships two weeks ago, and has just been in Cambridge
competing at the national track championships. He reached the
bronze medal ride for the individual pursuit, missing out by
a second on taking his first national medal in the under-19
age group. Lachie is coached by Brian and Glen Thompson
(former OBHS and national representative cyclist).
As the 2013-14 cricket season draws to a close, the Kavanagh
College First XI can look back on a season with many
The First XI played in the men's second grade competition.
The school is proud to be the only co-ed school that has been
able to maintain a team competing at this level. The boys
have trained hard all season and have made big improvements,
which have led to several wins.
One highlight was an overnight trip to Oamaru. On day one,
the team played St Kevin's in the annual interschool.
Outstanding bowling saw St Kevin's bowled out for 50, and the
game was won easily. On day two, Kavanagh played two twenty20
Gillette Cup games. In the first game, Kavanagh again beat St
Kevin's. The second game was against Waitaki Boys'. In what
was probably the best result of the season, Kavanagh won the
game convincingly. It was a great all-round performance.
A second highlight of the season was the January trip to
Brisbane to compete in the Christian Brothers tournament. The
10-day trip included six days of cricket, and watching
Australia play England in a one-day match at the Gabba.