Coaching workshop broadens pupils’ sports view

These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association, which is  sponsored by Perpetual Guardian.

Queen’s High School

Nine pupils took part in the secondary school coaching workshop at the Edgar Centre, organised by the Otago Secondary School Sport Association.

Two senior pupils participated in the sport leaders’ workshop also organised by the OSSSA in which they learnt about sport practices within their community, local and national statistics on sport involvement for youth and bringing new and fun ideas into the school to enhance sport and physical activity engagement.

Jorja Gibbons was first in the under-14 long jump at the Otago athletics championships, setting a record, and was first in the under-14 hurdles, and second in the 100m and triple jump. Sarah Donaldson was second in the under-14 high jump, Alyssa Hale was third in the under-16 shot put and Gracie Young was third in the under-14 200m. Izzy Brown, Donaldson, Nika Macut and Gibbons were second in the under-14 relay.

Three teams competed in the Otago futsal tournament, the junior girls winning their grade.

At the SISS rowing championships regatta on Lake Ruataniwha, Katie Child and Ella Edwards claimed silver in the A novice doubles and the duo teamed up with Emmy Stedman, Ella Nesbit and Charlotte Williams to win the gold medal in the A final novice quad.

Mereana Martin achieved excellent results in the Southern Regional Surf Life-saving Championships at Waikouaiti and Warrington in February. Mereana won an impressive 12 medals.

Aliyah Christos represented New Zealand at the IIHF women’s under-18 division two world ice hockey championship in Mexico earlier this year and travelled to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Challenge Cup of Asia in 2019.

Mount Aspiring College

Triathlon has continued to grow, thanks to the school’s excellent TriClub established two years ago by teacher Chris Waugh. Fifty pupils competed in the Challenge Wanaka-OSS triathlon. Nine pupils achieved podium finishes. Exceptional performances came in the under-16 boys grade in which McKay Watson finished first and the under-14 boys grade in which Tom Sides was first. Scarlett Norman, Xion Lippe and Ben Silipo were first in the under-16 mixed team event and Hugo Sinclair, Carter Guichard and Oisin Corbett won the under-14 boys grade.

Pupils also performed strongly individually and in teams at the NZSS triathlon championships. The 19 Tag team of Leo Staufenberg, Laurie Watson and sisters Hannah and Georgia Prosser, and the under-19 team of Jack Findlay, Zac Smith and Campbell Writh were first, the under-16 team was second and the under-16 tag team third. The school earned the most points of any co-ed school in New Zealand and won the NZSS Triathlon Association overall team trophy. The success continued at the SISS triathlon championships in Oamaru in which Leo Staufenberg was second in the senior boys grade, Georgia Prosser first in the senior girls grade, McKay Watson second in the intermediate boys, Hannah Prosser first in intermediate girls, Tom Sides second and Zavier Taylor third in junior boys and Olivia McLachlan, Bella Sarginson and Emma Palmer third in the intermediate girls team division.

Luca Harrington won bronze in the halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.

Zoe Antone won silver and gold at the national archery championships in Auckland.

Kavanagh College

Annabelle Ring was recently selected in the New Zealand under-16 girls basketball team to travel to Canberra but due to Covid-19 the trip has had to be cancelled.

The senior A volleyball team competed in the Mainland volleyball championships in Christchurch recently. This is the first time in many years the college has sent a team away. Kerry Fraser and Pete Sefo guided the team.

The 3x3 basketball teams are training hard for the nationals in Auckland in April, and this year two boys and two girls teams will be attending.

Two teams will be travelling away to the handball nationals in Christchurch in April.

Eleven pupils attended the coaches’ workshop recently and the feedback from the students was very positive. There is a great reliance on senior pupils to help coach teams and it is great to be able to support them.

Columba College

Three year 9 pupils took part in the basketball regional 3x3 championships recently. Ryan Dailey, Millie Mackenzie and Lucy Morrison won the under-15 girls grade.

The school has a group of dedicated multisport athletes who are consistently producing impressive results in their fields. Caitlin O’Brien (duathlon) and Anya Rhodes (triathlon) came first in their respective age-group races in the SISS triathlon and duathlon events in Oamaru this month while the Doves and the Triers’ were second and fourth in the under-16 girls event.

The first XI cricket team has qualified for the Suzie Bates Cup final scheduled for next week. This final offers a place at the nationals later in the year. Captain Harriett Cuttance produced an outstanding performance to take three wickets and score 100 not out as the team claims victory over OGHS in the semifinals.

The annual STAC exchange with John McGlashan College and St Andrew’s College (Christchurch) takes place this week. The exchange features futsal, touch, tennis, volleyball and cricket.

Cromwell College

The under-19 mixed team of Kelsey Clark, Rosie O’Brien and Kamryn Reddy gained third place at the OSS triathlon championships and also went on to finish first place at the NZSS championships in Wanaka. Lachie MacTaggart, who is usually successful in the pool but who tried something new, was third in the under-16 grade at the OSS triathlon championships. The under-15 girls team of Kate Spriggs, Olivia Piebenga and Amy Winter also did well, placing fifth at the SISS event in Oamaru.

The under-15 double of Flynn Wilson and Mathew King claimed out bronze at the SISS rowing championships while the under-16 girls quad of Kate Spriggs, Olivia Piebenga, Greer Ferguson, Simone Wilson and cox Aimee Coudret gained bronze. Holly Dalzell won a gold medal in a composite eight at the recent New Zealand rowing championships.

The weather was certainly conducive to great athletics on Saturday and Isaiah Hoera, Zanjoe Valentin and Milasa Finau did not disappoint. Isaiah was first equal in the under-15 high jump, Zanjoe was third in the under-14 100m and Milasa third in the under-14 shot put and fifth in the discus.

Blue Mountain College

The boys first XI playing in the Super Smash lost to Gore High in the first game and then beat Central Southland College in the afternoon game. The girls team beat Southland Girls’ at Hamilton Park and got to travel though to play Wakatipu High School but lost.

Becky Thomas, Laura Maslin and Anna Mackenzie were third in the under-19 girls Otago championships held as part of Challenge Wanaka Challenge.

Greg Hamilton finished fifth in the Otago-Southland water skiing championships at Perkins Pond in Millers Flat.

A group of eight travelled to the Mavora Lakes and competed in the Southland Paddles up Slalom canoeing competition. Aimee Nicole, Sakura Rangiwai and Caroline Spencer were third in the junior girls team slalom, Becky Thomas, Bente Captijn and Sarah Harris third in the senior girls. In the downriver competition, and Aimee Nicol was third, Caroline Spencer fourth and Sakura Rangiwai fifth.

Blue Mountain had 12 pupils at the Otago athletics championships. Top three results were Joe Robertson (senior boys discus, first), Sam Kelly (senior boys, discus, third) Caleb Stuart (second in senior boys javelin) Sarah Harris (second in under-16 javelin, third discus), and Peter Miller (second in under-15 boys 3000m).

Bayfield High School

Alex Livingstone has returned after a highly successful trip to Texas where he represented New Zealand in two gymnastics competitions. Alex won 11 medals competing highly talented gymnasts. These included firsts for high bar and vault. Alex puts huge hours into his gymnastics training and the school is very proud of him.

Thirteen pupils attended the OSS Wanaka triathlon in which the under-16 mixed team took home third. Alissa Wissman, Aleece Mulholland and Helena Beyer won the girls secondary team section at the Te Anau Enduro last weekend.

The senior A girls volleyball team finished third in division two at the Mainland volleyball tournament.

The senior A boys and junior A girls gained third placings at the recent OSS futsal tournament.

Three rowers attended the SISS rowing regatta in Twizel last weekend gaining some personal bests.

A number of athletes attending the Otago Secondary School Athletics Championships last weekend.

In last weekend’s OSS athletics championships, Izaak Van Leeuwen was second in the under-16 shot put, Josh Stoddart was third in the under-15 shot put and Helena Beyer third in the under-16 long jump.

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