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These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association which is sponsored by Perpetual Guardian.
Bayfield High School
Eva Hofmans is a world rowing champion! Eva and her quadruple sculls crew won gold at the 2019 World Junior Championships. They qualified with the fastest time out of all the heats to the semifinal, there they qualified second-fastest for the final. Their win was never in doubt with a strong performance and good lead throughout the majority of the 2000m.
The Bayfield Burlers curling team of Mya Miller, Josh Dixon, Karla Rades, George Park and Willow Stanton also had a good win over the same weekend. They claimed the mixed division at the SISS competition. They are looking forward to heading to the NZSS competition in Naseby in October.
The winter sports season is almost all wrapped up. We have several netball teams playing in semifinals over the weekend and our senior A team training hard for SISS tournament in Nelson at the end of August. The junior boys football team has made its final and and hopes it can repeat last year's performance and win the division again.
Blue Mountain College
What a busy July school holidays Blue Mountain College had with sporting achievements.
The development netball team travelled to Christchurch for the SISS junior tournament where it finished 16th out of 32 teams. The team was coached by the very experienced Janine Venz and head girl Sandra Horrell was manager.
Cheyanne Candy, Olivia Reihana and Laura Weller represented Eastern Southland at the national under-17 netball championships in Auckland, where their team finished 16th.
Year 10 student Jonty Riordan was on fire at the SISS Motocross Championship which was held on Saturday, July 13 at Otaio, south of Timaru. He came first in the novice class where he had the fastest time overall after his three races.
Female rugby ambassador Paige McIvor attended the Maori under-18 women's rugby camp and trial in Rotorua from July 18 to 21. Congratulations to Paige, who has been selected in the Otago under-18 girls rugby squad.
John Steele, a year 13 pupil won the South Island title in the 70kg division for wrestling.
Some great success came at the SISS canoe polo championships in Oamaru a couple of weekends ago. The team of Olivia Hughes, Sarah Harris, Olivia Morrissey, Amy Nichol, Matty-Jay Conway Steel and Danika Wesselson came away with a bronze medal in the women's junior section and were fourth overall. This is the first year that Blue Mountain College has put together a canoe polo team. A huge thank you to Anna Eade, who has put a lot of time and effort into coaching the team and transporting them to events.
The annual winter quad exchange in Timaru recently is always a highlight on the sporting calendar. The college competed extremely well across the 12 matches played, scoring eight wins, two losses and two draws.
The netball and hockey team were riddled with injuries but pulled together and held their own to claim a win, a draw and a loss each against evenly matched opposition. Ella McCall and Emma Dermody were named best and fairest contribution in hockey and netball respectively. Columba won all three of the badminton and debating match-ups against their opposition schools. Abby was named best speaker in all three debates over the tournament and to Kelly for her contribution award in badminton. All four codes represented the school with pride and every result contributed to the overall win in a tightly contested 2019 quad.
Year 13 pupils Sophie Gaudin, Sophie Strathern, and Arna Finnerty have recently returned from New Caledonia, where they represented New Zealand in the under 19 Oceania Championships.
All athletes and teams have been training hard throughout the season in preparation for tournaments next month, and they go with the support and well wishes of the whole Columba College Community. A very big thank you to all the coaches, parents, and management staff who have tirelessly worked throughout the year with these talented athletes.
With winter sport drawing to a close, the focus is now on tournament week, which begins on September 2. This year we have several teams travelling around the South Island. The football girls 1st XI is heading to Invercargill under the guidance of Richard Kerr-Bell and Iris Bugarski. The football boys will contest the Linwood Cup, in Dunedin. Both boys and girls basketball teams are in Greymouth at the Schick A qualifying tournament and if they qualify, Palmerston North beckons for the nationals three weeks later. The mixed hockey team heads to Blenheim to contest the South Island tournament, the senior A netball team is in Nelson contesting the B grade. All the best to all the teams and their management.
Congratulations to the combined 1st XV on a really successful season.
Although it did not win many games, winning games is only one measure of success. This team has come together from four schools: Taieri College, Kaikorai Valley College, Logan Park High School, and Kavanagh College and has shown huge improvement throughout the season. Congratulations to Jack Wolfreys, Scott Manson and Jared Peacock for bringing this team together so well. The schools involved all look forward to the future pathways for pupils from co-ed schools.
Mount Aspiring College
More than 140 pupils took part in the annual Mount Aspiring College ski and snowboard champs, held at Cardrona Alpine Resort, where they competed in a banked slalom race. Seven teams went on to represent the school at the Otago Southland secondary schools ski & snowboard champs and despite the polar conditions of minus 18degC, they had some fantastic results in the banked slalom and slopestyle disciplines. They won five gold medals, two silver and one bronze in the ski and snowboard team events and four gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the individual ski and snowboard events.
Several individual athletes have had recent success in their chosen sports.
Zoe Antone (13) won a silver and two bronze medals for New Zealand at the transtasman under-19 archery challenge. Her results contributed to the New Zealand team's success in beating Australia for the first time in nine years.
Gymnast Bella Soper earned her second qualifying score at the Otago Championships. She was also awarded the Noeline Munro trophy for the highest execution score and won the title of Otago Step 7 champion.
At the South Island Secondary School target shooting championships, Ruth Bennie won the ladies skeet, and placed second in ladies point score. Ruth teamed up with Jacob Curtis to finish third in the two-man skeet team.
Football, hockey, netball and rugby teams are busy preparing for their winter tournaments, to be held in various parts of the South Island in early September. Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping with the coaching, managing and official roles for these teams.
Otago Boys' High School
As the countdown to the end of the winter season begins the school is reflecting on a really positive season for the winter codes. The increase in participation numbers across all sports is very exciting.
Many teams have made the finals of their respective competitions. While this important, so too is demonstrating the values and the behaviours that align to these values of the school. This has been a major focus for the year and the school believes they have made significant progress in the area. The school took great pleasure in watching Ben Mason compete in the World Junior Rowing Championships in Japan, finishing sixth in the final of the quad and look forward to watching Jack Divers, who has just left to represent New Zealand in the World Junior Triathlon Championships, being held in Switzerland. The curling team won the South Island Secondary School tournament and heads to the national tournament in October. On August 31, the1st XV hosts the winner of the Christchurch 1st XV competition, after defeating King's 1st XV in the final of the Otago Premier Schools competition on Saturday. The winner will represent the South Island in the national top four.
Roll on winter tournament week, where the winter sports enjoy the experience of being away representing Otago Boys' High School across the country.
Queen's High School
As part of a wellbeing initiative, the sports council has introduced Active August. Pupils are encouraged to do 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days in August. As an extra incentive the pupils can collect sponsors and the funds raised go towards their tournament, camp or other school related costs. School-based activities have been offered, including lunch-time walking, zumba, and dodgeball Fridays.
The aerobics team had great results at the recent NZCAF aerobics regionals at Kavanagh College. All QHS girls placed in their categories and all qualified for nationals in Queenstown in September. There were highlight performances from Emmy Stedman (first in the novice individual and trophy for technical excellence), Katie Child (first junior open individual, second open team and trophy for highest-scoring individual, Amberly Orr (first senior open individual, second open team and trophy for highest aerobic score).
The hip-hop crews competed in the regional competition at the Dunedin Town Hall on Friday, August 2. The Funky Fellaz crew of Lucy Grant and Martha McAuley placed first in the mini crews and received the trophy for the highest scoring high school crew.
The ADP (Athlete Development Programme) programme continues to develop skills, fitness and knowledge. This programme is organised by Otago Polytechnic students Olivia Lee and Lily-Mae Watt. The programme aims to increase performance and develop well rounded athletes that emulate the school values.
Tokomairiro High School
In June, Tokomairiro High School hosted its annual sports exchange with Blue Mountain College. Tokomairiro won the senior boys basketball, under-13 rugby, under-15 basketball and year 8 netball. Blue Mountain the 1st XV and under-15 rugby, senior A, year 7, and year 9-10 netball, as well as the junior hockey, to win the exchange six games to four.
Representative selections for South Otago netball include: under-15, Anna Clarke and Jade Kyle; under-14, Zoe McElrea and Ingrid Scoon; year 8, Analise Scanlan, Lucy Carruthers, Sarah Edwards, Izzy Kelcher and Kaylee-May Turoroa-Phillips; and year 7, Courtney Scanlan, Sophie Restall and Jayda White. Otago hockey reps include under-13 Collier, Gemma Burleigh; under-13 Hatch, Jacob Murray; development, Samuel Norman; under-15 A2s, Millar McElrea; under-15 development, Nic Clark.
Jon-Duncan McLeod, Jimmy Flannery and Conner Phillips all played for the Otago under-15 rugby league team in a tournament over the last school holidays. Millar McElrea was named under-14 Southern Region rugby player of the year for 2019.