The season finished on a high for the Queen's orienteering
team, as Ana Manza, Hanri de Bruin and Roche de Bruin claimed
the top three places in the senior girls grade at the Otago
In the senior standard grade, Aileen Welp and Katrin Schwan
were second and third. For the summer series, Queen's won the
trophy for girls schools and Hanri, Roche and Ana claimed the
top three placings overall.
Christina Ashton's success on the track has continued. She
won the under-18 100m hurdles title at both the national and
South Island schools championships, broke the Otago under-18
hurdles record, and was a member of the record-breaking 4 x
100 relay team at the national championships.
At the West Otago mixed martial arts tournament, Morgan
Buchanan and Suzanne Kydd were both placegetters.
Three members of the aerobics team - Riley Haugh, Kerry and
Sian Remon - have their sights on the national championships
after their success in Alexandra at the Otago gymsports
Kaikorai Valley College
Thomas Johnson made his debut for the Touch Blacks in
Kaikorai Valley College is one of eight secondary schools
selected to run the pilot programme ''Sport in Education''.
The project aims to improve academic, social and sporting
outcomes for schools and their pupils by using sport as a
context for learning and engagement. Pupils experienced a
variety of sports in the expo in March. The primary schools
sports expo featured more than 500 pupils participating in 30
different sports and activities. Year 9 pupils competed in a
Summer Olympics that tested their sporting and academic
ability, and the year 10s participated in an ''amazing race''
that involved activities from many curriculum areas. Senior
pupils are involved in the Growing Coaches programme and are
coaching at five schools on Tuesday afternoons. Michael
Brockie and Lucy Seatter, from year 13, attended the Young
Coaches Forum in Auckland in April.
Otago Girls' High School
Grace Moreton was first in the SWID 50m open backstroke at
the Otago secondary schools swimming championships.
Jade Middleditch has been selected in the New Zealand
secondary schools under-17 football team to tour Thailand
The OGHS equestrian team was second overall in a competition
at Outram in April. McKenzie Clearwater was second in 65cm,
Jaylah Kennedy sixth in 65cm, Erin Milner first in 75cm,
Chrisanna Hancock third in 75cm, Tyla Clearwater fourth in
95cm, and Lily Dorking fifth in 75cm.
Sydney Evans-Tobata was part of the Otago team which won the
under-18 4x100m relay at the national championships. Storm
Maole won the girls' 12 shot put at the interprovincial
championships, beating the Otago record by more than 1m.
There were pleasing results at the South Island athletics in
Timaru: Gemma Millar, second U14 hammer throw; Esmae Knox,
fifth U19 hammer throw; Storm Maole, sixth U14 shot put and
discus; Hannah King, fifth U14 200m; Sydney Evans-Tobata,
fourth U16 200m; Jenna Thorne, U14 3000m; Taylor Thorne, U14
Maddy Dixon and Holly Paterson have been selected in the
South Island under-17 volleyball team to compete in Canberra
The OGHS junior A futsal team won the year 9-10 division of
the Futsal South high school tournament last week.
Taieri College update
The Taieri College equestrian team beat Otago Girls' by 20
points to win the Otago secondary schools competition against
eight other schools from around Otago and retain the Alan
Barker Interschool Shield.
The Taieri athletics team completed its successful season
with a strong performance at the South Island schools
championships in Timaru. Sam Kirk, Bradley and Aaron Tarleton
all won their respective events, while several of the team
achieved personal bests.
The senior sports academy has just begun. The 20 pupils
represent nine different codes, and many have already
The fledgling Taieri College softball team competed well at
the South Island division two tournament in Blenheim.
At the Touch Otago awards, several of the college's pupils
were recognised for their efforts representing Otago: Matt
Butcher (under-13 mixed most improved boy), Laura Bungard
(under-13 mixed most improved girl) and Celine Timoko
(under-17 mixed most improved girl).
Logan Park High School
Pippi Miller (16) won a gold medal in the under-17 foil at
the New Zealand championships in Wellington. The win has
qualified her to compete at the Australian under-15 and cadet
championships in Sydney in July. Pippi is also focused on the
Commonwealth Games as her next goal. She has been fencing for
four years and organises the school fencing club.
Logan Park had six teams perform well in the recent Otago
futsal tournament. Long-distance runners are training with
the harriers club for the school cross-country and then the
Otago cross-country in early June. Senior pupils are training
for the Otago duathlon to near the end of May.
Netball players will trial for the Otago under-15 team at the
end of the month, while trials, team selections and practices
have all started for netball, rugby, hockey and football.
Pupils involved in netball, hockey, football, badminton,
rugby, basketball and indoor bowls teams are looking forward
to the Otago co-ed tournament at the end of the month.
Dunstan High School
The athletics team competed in Timaru at the South Island
secondary schools championships and performed well, gaining
one first, three seconds and 10 thirds. Following that event,
Adriana Mawhinney and Stacey Dennison competed in the
national championships in Wellington. Adriana won the
under-18 women's triple jump, and Stacey was fourth in the
A rowing squad of 33 attended the Maadi Cup. Despite illness
sweeping through the squad during the regatta, Dunstan rowers
had three teams in A finals and one team in a B final. Ella
Galletly and Lucy Geddes were selected for New Zealand
The kayaking team competed in the New Zealand secondary
schools whitewater festival recently and won the trophy for
best co-ed school.
The boys softball team finished third overall in its division
two tournament, and the girls finished in the top six of
their division one tournament.
The A water polo team beat Columba 7-2 to finish off a
successful season by winning the local secondary schools
competition. This followed the second placing at the South
Island secondary schools tournament in Invercargill when it
lost 4-3 to Burnside in a very tense final.
The senior A volleyball team won the Otago secondary schools
The final against Otago Girls' was a very close game, after
both teams won alternate sets, and provided a thrilling fifth
set which St Hilda's won.
A team of 14 athletes travelled to Timaru to compete in the
South Island championships. The team won eight gold, four
silver and four bronze medals. Individual highlights were
Caitlyn George winning golds in record times in the under-16
100m and 200m, Meg McKay gold in the senior 800m and high
jump, Caity Kenny gold in the under-16 high jump, and Erin
O'Brien gold in the 2000m open walk. The open 4 x 400m relay
team of Hayley Shallard, Aria Park, Caitlyn George and Meg
McKay held off Villa Maria team to win gold. The 4 x 100m
relay team of Mariah Nelson, Leonie Palmer, Joccoaa Palmer
and Mikayla Thorn were convincing winners in the under-15
grade. Caitlyn George has been selected to compete in the
Oceania championships in Rarotonga.
John McGlashan College
Tom Grave and Woody Kirkwood won John McGlashan's first Maadi
Cup medal when they finished third in the under-16 doubles.
The four of Tom, Woody, Harry Hasselman, Lochie Chittock and
cox Jacob Cotton finished a creditable fifth in the A final.
Tom was fourth in the single sculls.
McGlashan finished off a successful athletic season with some
good results at the South Island championships. The boys
under-15 relay team of Jimmy Sinclair, Charlie Baker, JJ Du
Plessis and George Russell placed second. The 4 x 400m relay
team of Jo Allison, Jack Ascroft, Rory Ferguson and Oli
Chignell placed third. Josh Stoddard was second in the
under-14 1500m. Oli then had a scintillating win in the
under-16 3000m, breaking the record.
The senior tennis team of Paddy Ou, Carlos Reid, Mitchell
Sizemore and Ollie Reid capped off a successful year by
winning the premier men's club title.
The First XV and Second XV completed a successful pre-season
at the Christchurch festival of rugby tournament over Easter.
Both sides won all three of their games.
King's High School
Twenty-eight athletes qualified to attend the South Island
secondary schools athletics in Timaru. King's was fourth
overall in the medal table and the most successful Otago
school, claiming 18 medals in total, including nine golds.
The star athlete was Felix McDonald, who won four golds. Two
relay teams won gold: the under-16 4 x 100m team of Felix
McDonald, Ben Kiore, Jacob Granger and Nicky Peat, and the
under-14 4 x 100m relay team of Josiah Lesa, Jack Addis, Sam
Gouvernor and Max Aitcheson. Other gold-medal winning
athletes were David White, Sam Gourvernor and Sam Tindley.
The senior touch team was second in the South Island
tournament in Christchurch during summer sports week. Taylor
Haugh was selected in the New Zealand under-17 mixed touch
team, and Josh Duff made the under-15 mixed team.
The King's golf academy is bearing fruit. Conor Jamison has
been selected in the Otago under-19 squad and Jacob Bleach in
the Otago under-17 squad.
• These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary
Schools Sports Association (OSSSA) which is proudly sponsored
by Perpetual Trust.