Eighty-five pupils competed in the school mountain biking
championships on Wanaka's Deans Bank track.
Paul Wright showed his class in beating a strong field of
male riders, and Phoebe Young was the first girl home. She
gained the 12th-best overall time, an outstanding effort for
a year 9 girl.
The sailing team (Rick Sanders, Oliver Jarvie, Nicola
Sanders, Sean Dickey, Laura Erichsen, Amber Makeham, Breagha
Rennie and Dougal Stalker) attended the secondary schools 420
regatta at Algies Bay, north of Auckland. The team sailed 11
races over the week, nine of which were won convincingly.
Overall, the team placed fifth in the bronze fleet.
Four school teams competed in the Futsal South tournament in
Dunedin. The senior girls, senior boys and junior boys all
came home with second-place trophies.
The orienteering team (Philipp Dieckmann, Cameron Metherell,
Harrison Brown, Campbell Russell, Finn Bilous, Luke Wright,
Magdalena Fassl and Bella Fraser) competed in the Southland
schools championships in Invercargill. Cameron, Magdalena,
Philip and Bella all finished first in their events.
Late in term one, 110 Kavanagh pupils travelled to Gore to
participate in the annual southern Catholic schools
tournament. This is a two-day tournament involving Verdon, St
Peter's, Kavanagh, St Kevin's and Roncalli. About 450 pupils
competed in hockey, netball, basketball, rugby and football.
The First XI boys football team excelled, beating all teams
convincingly and winning the trophy for its competition. The
Kavanagh senior girls basketball team also excelled,
finishing as joint winner of its competition.
Pupils have enjoyed a very successful season of orienteering.
Kavanagh won the senior boys trophy and the intermediate boys
trophy in the February-March school series.
Tadhg Kelly was selected in the New Zealand train-on squad
for kayaking. This is a national training squad of 12 males
and 12 females from around New Zealand looking at developing
younger athletes in preparation for the 2015 and 2016 junior
world championships. Tadhg is the only Otago member in this
Otago Boys' High School
Kerry Cameron has been racing in the national under-19
mountain bike series. His results were 17th in round two and
14th in the series final. He travelled to the Oceania
championships and finished 16th, again riding in the under-19
Other notable performances this year include third in the
junior elite category at the Motatapu event, recording 2hr
11min for the 47km cross-country event. This followed last
year's second to professional cyclist Anton Cooper.
Last weekend, Kerry won the junior section of the long course
as part of the Otago Peninsula Challenge. His time of 2hr
46min placed him 17th overall and was despite puncturing and
having to insert a tube to repair his normally tubeless
Kerry's best performance came at the recent national
single-speed event raced on the familiar tracks of Dunedin.
He was first in the junior section.
Ewan Syme finished first in the junior section of the Otago
Peninsula Challenge short-course mountain bike. This was a
remarkable effort given he had won the 10km hill climb, a
junior event run in conjunction with Cycling Otago's
Palmerston to Mt Cargill race, less than 24 hours before.
Ewan has had a successful season on the road bike. He was
Otago under-15 road cycling champion, placed sixth in the
under-15 500m time trial at the national track championships,
and raced in the R & R Sport Tour in B grade, staying
with the peleton until the final sprint against much stronger
Queen's High School
There has been a significant increase in winter sports team
numbers, from 21 last year to 31 this winter. This does not
include cross-country runners, the group having underwater
hockey lessons in anticipation of an interschool competition,
girls participating in gymsports, or those smallbore or trap
Queen's involvement in the Sport in Education project has
raised awareness of the importance of regular exercise, has
helped increase self-confidence, and is having a positive
influence on attendance figures, as well as our team numbers.
Many teams and individuals have had a successful start to the
season. The most successful runner has been Ella Scott, who
was second in the under-15 Logan Park road race. Six girls
(Lucy Elliott, Kerry Remon, Sian Remon, Riley Haugh, Grace
McIntyre and Alannah Taggart) are well on their way to
qualifying for the national gymsports championships in
Auckland. Shani Ayson (year 10) was second in the women's
under-20 South Island surfing championships at Aramoana
Bayfield High School
Bayfield has introduced some new sports this year with the
inclusion of ice hockey and curling in the mix, as well as
experiencing growth in the more traditional sports such as
netball (going from six teams in 2013 to nine teams in 2014).
The Bayfield rugby enthusiasts are also being catered for,
joining forces with Kaikorai Valley College to field
competitive teams in both the senior and under-15 grades.
Four Bayfield futsal teams competed in the recent Otago
secondary schools tournament at the Edgar Centre. The future
of futsal and football at Bayfield is looking bright after
the junior girls futsal team won its division, beating Logan
Park High School Rangers 2-0 in the final.
Three pupils have gained New Zealand honours. Holly Barclay
has been selected to compete at the world triathlon
championships in Canada. Megan Guest will represent New
Zealand in synchronised swimming and Emma Winders in rowing -
both will compete in Australia.
A strong team represented Columba at the recent Otago
swimming championships. Caitlin Deans (under-14) was first in
50m freestyle, second in 50m butterfly and third in 50m
breaststroke. In the same grade, Devon Familton was first in
50m butterfly and backstroke, and second in 50m breaststroke.
The A freestyle relay of Devon, Caitlin, Gabrielle Trotter
and Teigan Tarapi was second. The same girls gained a second
placing in the medley relay.
Caitlin also won five New Zealand medals at the national
championships: gold in the 800m freestyle, silvers in the
200m and 400m freestyle and 400 individual medley, and a
bronze in the 100m freestyle.
A strong athletics team represented the college at the recent
South Island event. Many athletes made finals, achieved
personal bests and excelled. Highlights included. -Senior:
Charlotte Cahill, first 1500m and 2000m steeplechase; Maddy
Spence, first 300m hurdles; Hanna English, second 3000m;
4x100m relay (Analise Cowie, Lily Cunningham, Ruby Coers,
Maddy Spence), second.
Under-16: Lily Cunningham, third 400m.
Under-14: 4x100m relay (Chenoa Metua, Ellie Duncan, McKayler
Moore, Meg Breen), first; Ellie Duncan, second 100m and 200m;
Chenoa Metua, second 80m hurdles.
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