Orienteering team finishes on high

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 schools championships.

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 competition.


Kaikorai Valley College

Thomas Johnson made his debut for the Touch Blacks in Australia recently.

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 this month.

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 3000m.

Maddy Dixon and Holly Paterson have been selected in the South Island under-17 volleyball team to compete in Canberra in July.

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 represented Otago.

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 under-20 400m.

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 under-18 trials.

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.


St Hilda's

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 tournament.

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.


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