Helping schools run their sports programmes well

Logan Park pupils take part in a fun activity. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Logan Park pupils take part in a fun activity. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Otago school sports prefects, house captains and sports councils can and do take some of the workload off their sports co-ordinators and directors. To better prepare them for their roles of responsibility, the Otago Secondary School Sports Association runs workshops for them to share ideas with their peers, to outline the processes required to run a successful school event and to offer guidance, should it be needed. Unfortunately, this year they did not get to work together in person, but two interactive online workshops proved a successful alternative.

Logan Park sports leaders Connor Stephenson and Madeline Simons.
Logan Park sports leaders Connor Stephenson and Madeline Simons.

Logan Park High School

Our head boy and girl of sports, Connor Stephenson and Madeline Simons, lead the Student Sports Council at Logan Park High School. We have 19 sports prefects who have areas of responsibility. The Sports Council also includes sports leaders from other year levels.

In 2021, the sports council surveyed pupils about in-house sports competitions. This survey shaped a new direction away from competitive in-house competitions to participation and engaging pupils to get active in a fun environment.

"Although we still want to encourage competitiveness in Logan Park sports, we believe our new participation models better reflect our school values and the vibrant, inclusive direction we want our sporting culture to go in," Connor said.

Madeline is aspirational about the girls in sport focus group that is driven by the Student Sports Council. The group is also inclusive of boys and the goal is to create a safe, fun environment in which girls choose to be involved.

Our large group of sports prefects along with the Sports Council, supported by sports co-ordinator Frankie Vella, have made a great start to the year already with two events having strong participation and lots of fun. All are excited about what will be achieved this year.


Kavanagh College

Paris Laws

Sports played: Netball, water polo, hockey, volleyball.

Sporting highlight: Going to South Island tournaments for netball.

Favourite sportsperson: Sophie Pascoe.

Sporting dream: To have fun and play sports that I love.


Emma Christophers

Sports played: Water polo, swimming, surf life-saving, basketball.

Sporting highlight: Winning my first national medal.

Favourite sportsperson: Lana Rogers.

Sporting dream: To compete at the IRB world champs.


Cromwell College

Hannah Bisset

Sports played: Netball, rowing, volleyball, basketball.

Sporting highlight: Being selected for Steel Steps Accelerator programme.

Favourite sportsperson: Laura Langman and Tayla Earl.

Sporting dream: To play and be involved in sport until I’m old and fragile.


Eve Drinnan

Sports played: Hockey, touch, volleyball, snowboarding, surfing.

Sporting highlight: Playing for Central Otago hockey rep team since year 5.

Favourite sportsperson: Olivia Merry.

Sporting dream: To never fall out of love with my sports.


Lachlann MacTaggart

Sports played: Hockey, swimming, triathlon, social volleyball, ski/snowboarding.

Sporting highlight: Second in 50m freestyle at NZ Division 2 swimming champs.

Favourite sportsperson: Anyone who likes sports.

Sporting dream: To continue playing and being involved in sports.


East Otago High School

Abigail Paton

Sporting highlight: Tournaments, team-mates and coaching younger kids, seeing the gains they’re making from being a team who won one game last year and lacked confidence to a team full of confidence and winning every game so far.

Favourite sportsperson: Eric Liddell.

Sporting dream: To make NZ representative team for rugby and sevens and be able to coach and train people along the way.


Rafe Johnson

Sporting highlight: Training with Ben Smith.

Favourite sportsperson: Muhammad Ali. He never gave up and always defied the odds.

Sporting dream: For my house to win the competition this year.


Kari Croucher

Sporting highlight: Going to Rotorua for Division 2 swimming championship in 2018 and getting a sixth placing.

Favourite sportsperson: My old swimming coach Narcis. He was such a big part of my life, always pushing me to do my best. He coached me from year 4 through to year 11 and was a great role model.

Sporting dream: To continue to incorporate sport into my everyday life. I love my sports and I would like to keep the passion I have for them as long as possible.

Bayfield High School sports prefects (from left) Elisa Condliffe, Isaac Hobbs, Meg Wells and...
Bayfield High School sports prefects (from left) Elisa Condliffe, Isaac Hobbs, Meg Wells and Holly Bezett.

Bayfield High School

Elisa Condliffe

Sports played: Volleyball and basketball.

Sporting highlights: Volleyball tournaments and interschool exchanges.

Favourite sportsperson: Alli Stumler or my amazing coaches.

Sporting dream: I just really want to have a fun and memorable last season at high school.


Isaac Hobbs

Sports played: Table tennis, golf, rugby, basketball and softball.

Sporting highlight: Representing New Zealand for table tennis.

Favourite sportsperson: Tiger Woods.

Sporting dream: To be able to play sport for as long as I can.


Meg Wells

Sports played: Netball and volleyball.

Sporting highlights: Winning the satellite volleyball tournament and playing for the Otago under-19 volleyball team.

Favourite sportsperson: My coaches.

Sporting dream: To keep playing competitively without injuries for as long as I can.


Holly Bezett

Sports played: Athletics, netball, basketball, volleyball and touch.

Sporting highlight: Placing 1st in the 400m and 3rd in the 200m for my age group in the South Island.

Favourite sportsperson: Either Maria Folau or Valerie Adams.

Sporting dream: I had dreamt about playing netball professionally or competing at the Olympic Games. But truthfully, I just wish to play sport and have fun.

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