Summer sports wind up as school year winds down with awards

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

Dunstan High School

The year 9 cricket team defeated Cromwell in the school knockout competition and plays OBHS in the next round.

This year there is a girls team competing in the youth grade. Congratulations for Eryn Scott, Bridget Mullally, Nina Hamilton, Mia Williamson and Molly Mason-Galletly for being selected in the Otago Country under-19 cricket team.

Athletics training is also just beginning to ramp up, with athlete Celia Ward heading to the national championships in December.

Amy Hislop was selected for the women's Southern United football team.

At the Football South awards, she was awarded sportsperson of the year, sports woman of the year, golden boot 2019, women's premier golden boot 2019 and young player of the year.

Dunstan submitted teams in both the A grade and B grade of the Central Otago volleyball tournament, hosted in Queenstown. The senior team won the A grade competition and went undefeated in all sets, beating teams from Wakatipu High School, Mount Aspiring College and Roxburgh Area School. In the B grade, the Dunstan junior boys beat the Dunstan junior girls in the semifinal, then won the final, against Cromwell College.

Five junior teams from Dunstan recently played at the Otago secondary schools petanque tournament in Dunedin. All teams played well, with the doubles combination of Josh Booth and Felix Schaap gaining first place.

Earlier in the year, Joey Vilela represented Dunstan in the schools individual category of the Coast to Coast event. Joey ran, biked and paddled his way across the South Island to finish fifth. A fantastic achievement.

More recently, 16 junior pupils took part in the Central Otago Get2Go event in Queenstown. Dunstan came through strongly and the year 10 team took out the line honours.

East Otago High School

East Otago High School pupils continue to excel in sports outside of school; in the past two months there have been some excellent results in a wide variety of sports.

Year 10 pupil Josh Walker attended the hip-hop national competition in Queenstown in September and his dance crew, DFYNT, came an impressive fourth overall.

Year 10 pupil Amy Turner played for the Otago under-15 girls sevens team at the South Island tournament in Timaru, November 2-3. The team won four out of four games to make the final and lost by one try to Southland, coming runner-up in the competition of 10 teams.

Year 8 pupil Deegan Croucher came away with numerous ribbons from the Cromwell Spring Carnival on November 2. It was a sweltering day at the pool and she came third overall in the 11 to 12-year-old age group.

A number of pupils competed in the Kelly's Canter, an annual run up Puketapu in Palmerston, run by the Palmerston Lions Club. The following students did well with placings: Lilly Kemp - third (female under-12), Lily Gifford - first (female under-15), Mikayla Alter - second (female under-15), Amy Turner - third (female under-15), Casey Henderson - first (female under-17).

John McGlashan College

Congratulations to rower Mark Smith (14), who recently broke the world record for 13 to 14-year-old 5000m dynamic indoor rowing, at the University Rowing Club. His time of 19min 7sec beat the existing record by eight seconds.

At the Caledonian, Liam Wilson broke five New Zealand records in T37 athletics in under-17 and under-20 long jump and 100m.

Shay Veitch jumped 7.19m in long jump and ran a very fast 100m-200m double. Shay is the fastest man in Otago/Southland this year with a 10.77sec 100m.

In judo, Maarten De Ridder recently won the North island championship gold in junior men under-73kg, and also nationals gold in junior men under-73kg.

Maarten is currently in Perth for the OJU cup.

Cricketers Gabe Ross, Tom Proctor and Sheon Luxmanan made the Metro under-17 cricket team that played a tournament in Oamaru.

Max Gutry recently won the South Island Brazilian jujitsu no Gi, adult, blue belt, in the under-68kg grade.

At the recent Otago-Southland karate championships in Queenstown, Edward Diaz-Farron won silver in cadet male development kata and silver in cadet male development kumite, and Oliver Colling won bronze in 10/11 male development kata and silver in 10/11 male development kumite +40kg.

Kaikorai Valley College

The 2019 KVC sports person of the year is Hanna Ingram, who won gold at the Otago, South Island and national taekwondo championships in the poomsae discipline. She achieved a bronze medal in the under-18 fighting competition at the national championships.

The recipient of the 2019 Lorna Guthrie Watts Cup for performance and contribution to girls sport is Sara Dore. As well as representing the school in Senior A netball and touch, she has also coached and umpired the year 7 and 8 netball and touch teams.

The 2019 Wright Cup for performance and contribution to boys sport went to Tearne Pearson.

Tearne was the school's sports leader and he has represented the school in futsal, football, touch and basketball and played in the combined co-ed First XV rugby team. He has also refereed and coached year 7 and 8 touch and rugby.

Lachie Colquhoun and Shaun Thompson attended the national handball tournament in October as members of the Otago under-19 men's handball team. Lachie was selected as a member of the NZHF under-19 national All Stars tournament team.

King's High School

The annual sports awards were held at the King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre last month.

The special guest for the evening was Dunedin-born and bred ultra marathon athlete Glenn Sutton.

This evening was a celebration of many team and individual performances and accomplishment, which included service to sport, team of the year, sportsman of the year and the Otago, South Island and New Zealand representatives.

The First XI hockey team won team of the year after winning the Rankin Cup and therefore becoming the No1 hockey team in the country. Other worthy nominees were the first teams from cricket, touch and football, which won fourth place at the Lotto national tournament.

The premier event of the evening was the unveiling of the sportsman of the year nominees. The winner collects the most prestigious sporting award, the Salter Trophy.

Six extremely talented athletes were nominated: Nathan Martin (NZ under-18 water polo), Meihana Schooner (NZ under-20 touch), Giovanni Leituala (NZ Schools Barbarians rugby), Corey Symon (NZ fencing team), Matt Lloyd (NZ surf life-saving titles) and Ethan Booth (NZ under-18 hockey). The winner was Giovanni Leituala. This unveiling spurred the First XV into action with a powerful and emotional haka to Giovanni, which provided the audience with a real highlight for the evening.

Logan Park High School

At the senior prizegiving last week, Zack Hibbert was awarded for his best sporting achievement in athletics and Ella Molteno for her best sporting achievement in luge. Ella is now competing in Europe to qualify for the Youth Winter Olympics in January 2020.

Ziggi Kaitai-Martin won the service to sport award. As head boy of sport, Ziggi, along with Annie Kennedy-Atchison, head girl of sport, has led the Student Sports Council and sports prefects this year. Ziggi's mana and leadership meant the interhouse lunchtime sports activities kicked up a notch this year.

A highlight for both students and staff this year was the students against staff dodge ball game in the last week senior pupils were at school.

Both co-principals joined the staff team, which convincingly won the first game, and then convincingly lost the second game! Thank you to Ziggi, Annie, Finn Lillis, Arnie Tregonning, Sam Yeardley, Abby Barton, Violet Gallop and Anna Denys for all their enthusiasm and efforts.

Congratulations to Liam Black, Matthew Cowles and Bill Campbell, who were first, second and third respectively in the 15km Mountain Bike Experience Coastal Classic race at Taieri Mouth.

A large number of junior pupils are looking forward to the OSSSA Junior Sports Week starting soon.

This event is organised by the Otago Secondary School Sports Association with an emphasis on physical wellbeing, enjoyment and friendly competition between schools. Logan Park juniors have embraced this event and we have entered teams in every event offered.

Finally a huge thank you to all our parents, teachers, students, managers, coaches, supporters, fans and especially Frankie Vella for the fantastic support for all things sport this year.

Otago Girls' High School

As the year draws to a close, Otago Girls' High School continues to excel in the sporting arena.

The rowers competed in the Otago indoor rowing championships and gained excellent results, and four swimmers took part in the New Zealand short course swimming championships and all gained top places.

Congratulations to Katie St Clair-Newman, who won the intermediate women's grade for figure skating at the national event during the school holidays and has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Australian nationals.

Sisters Alyssa and Brydie Shelton gained selection into the New Zealand gymnastics team and will travel to Hawaii in January 2020 to compete in the Aloha Gym Fest.

Sarah Dixon continues to gain top places in her equestrian events with winning the Canterbury Mounted Games.

Roxburgh Area School

Last week a group of year 9 and 10 pupils competed in the Central Otago touch competition in Cromwell against pupils from Wakatipu, Maniototo, Mount Aspiring and Cromwell. The team played really well and came home in fifth place.

Jessamy Wales recently competed in China with the New Zealand Pony Club team. The team was placed second in the Four Nations showjumping competition, beating the Australian team.

Several year 9 and 10 teams are preparing for the Junior Sports Week in Dunedin. They will be competing in dodge ball, 3x3 basketball, ki-o-rahi, volleyball and touch.

St Hilda's Collegiate

During the second week of the term 3 holidays, the Senior A netball team headed off to Nelson to attend the NZ secondary school national championship. This was a massive opportunity for the girls to experience and compete against schools around the country. The week finished on a high with a win against Villa Maria College to finish 13th.

The First XI cricket team participated in an invitational game at the prestigious cricket ground Willows in Canterbury. Up until this game, no female cricket game had taken place.

It was an incredible day filled with new beginnings and former school pupils attending.

Playing Christchurch Girls', the team came out with a good win and a great knock from the SHCS captain Olivia Gain.

School summer sports have had a rough start to the season with all the rain, but the school has had 15 girls selected for Otago touch representation, including Amelia Scully also being selected for the New Zealand women under-20 team.

Touch has had an increased participation at the school so it is great to see hard work paying off.

Taieri College

At the NZSS national weightlifting competition, Poppy Kirk came third in the 64kg division and Luke Evans came third in the 55kg section.

Charlotte Williams and Heidi Aitken made the Otago Rugby under-15 girls sevens team that came second at their tournament.

Finn McDonald-Page was selected in the Dunedin under-17 cricket team that competed in the district tournament.

The following pupils were also named in the Otago Touch teams for the IPS tournament in Christchurch: Jamie Crashle, Gabby Kakahi, Georgia Robertson, Logan Kakahi, Ollie Mackenzie, Eilish Fright, Charlotte Williams and Trey Russell.

The Taieri College blues evening was held in the new performing arts centre. Highlights were Maigan Fright, the 2019 sport prefect, who received a blue for service. Maigan has given many years of service to Taieri College sport and this year she coached the year 7A netball team, ran the Taieri Plains netball umpire programme and stood in for the sports office by running the netball section at the co-ed tournament. Ollie Mackenzie received multiple blues for athletics, hockey and touch; Laura Bungard received hers for cross-country, swimming and triathlon.

Trey Russell, also a 2019 sport prefect, received multiple sporting blues for tennis, rugby and touch and is the 2019 sportsman of the year. Trey this week was also named in the New Zealand under-18 men's touch team to compete in the transtasman tournament.

Zharna Beattie was the 2019 sportswoman of the year for her outstanding success in athletics. Team of the year was the under-15 netball side for winning the Dunedin premier schools title and being the Otago year 10 champions and South Island year 10 winners.

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