There are no rituals for Gavin Stark before he runs. All he needs is a positive attitude and the knowledge that he has done the work.
Kawana Tokona's mother was a barefoot runner who used to train by pushing her baby around the South Dunedin streets in a pram.
Nine major New Zealand or South Island secondary school sports events scheduled to be held in Christchurch over the next six weeks have been either shifted out of the city or cancelled.
A new boat, Lucy Strack, was recently christened at St Hilda's Collegiate School. New Zealand premier lightweight single sculls champion Lucy Strack (left) admires the boat, along with Anna McAslan and Grace Scown. Photo by Lauren Farnden. Surf life-saving John McGlashan College pupil Cameron Burrow (15) gained three placings in the South Island championships recently. Cameron was first in the surf ski race, second in the ironman, which involves boarding, swimming and surf skiing, and third in the board relay.
The Otago Daily Times looks back on the year in secondary sport by naming our 10 leading achievers and others who excelled.
Roxburgh bowler Sarah Davidson, a year 12 pupil at Roxburgh Area School, has proven age is no barrier in a sport usually associated with those of her parents' and grandparents' generations.
King's High School celebrated success at the South Island secondary schools ice hockey tournament recently.
Leni Ma'ia'i tenaciously held on to his goal and it helped him gain selection for the 15th Asian junior volleyball championships in Thailand.
News updates from the secondary school sports
St Kevin's College held Waitaki Boys' High School to a 30-6 scoreline in the annual interschool fixture in Oamaru yesterday.
Kavanagh College gained a dramatic 31-31 draw with John McGlashan College when it scored two converted tries in the last two minutes of the interschool rugby match at Kettle Park yesterday.
The annual First XV rugby game between Waitaki Boys' High School and St Kevin's College tomorrow will be alcohol-free as part of local initiatives to change a negative culture around alcohol consumption.
Nathan Hull is expected to lead John McGlashan College to a win in the inaugural Tom Casey Memorial Challenge Cup match against Kavanagh College at Kettle Park today.
An off-duty police officer called for back-up after witnessing a fight during the First XV match between King's High School and John McGlashan College in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Otago Boys' High School First XV has had a rare mid-season change of coaches.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has defended its decision to play schoolboy rugby outside Dunedin on test day.
Careful planning went into Dunstan High School's upset 9-8 win over Otago Boys' High School in Alexandra on Saturday.
Bayfield High School continues to run its sports development programme which is designed to recognise, support and develop its elite athletes.
The superior running skills of Alex Gorrie (Kavanagh) helped him win the Otago secondary schools duathlon title at North Taieri yesterday.