17-year-old Raukawa Jefferies from Hamilton Boys High School has been selected to contest the men’s +68kg kumite category at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Jefferies gained selection after placing 1st in his age group at the Oceania Karate Championships.
“I’m pretty amped and really excited to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games. The competitiveness is what I love about karate, I like a challenge and the sport really pushes me,” said Jefferies.
Jefferies says he’s put in a lot of hard work and is proud to be the first New Zealander to compete in karate at an edition of the Olympic Games.
“I’ve been training for this for two years. I went to Croatia and Bulgaria for tournaments which was pretty awesome and I’ve been training six mornings a week, Monday to Saturday, then I do either gym or speed work every weekday after school."
Jefferies has been doing karate since he was six, getting involved through family and in particular his uncle who has involved in the sport for years.
Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first-time karate has been on any Olympic programme. The sport will make its full Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sports new to the Olympic programme are often trialled at youth level before they debut at the Summer or Winter Olympic Games and the New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith is delighted that the naming of New Zealand's first karate athlete takes place marking this significant milestone.
"It's fantastic for us to have a Kiwi among the very first to compete in the new Olympic sport," said Smith. "We've got two years until the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic experience will give both Raukawa and his support team an important insight. We look forward to working with New Zealand karate athletes into the future and congratulate Raukawa on his achievement.
.Karate New Zealand Coaching Coordinator Andy Roosen says Jeffries is an impressive athlete who is constantly trying to better himself.
“Raukawa's been working towards this goal for a long time and has entered every international competition possible in order to gain experience.
“He’s a very dedicated athlete and is ready and excited for the challenge."
The reserve athlete (non-travelling) conditionally selected for the Games is Chase Hennessey.
The Youth Olympic Games run from October 6–18, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Karate at the Youth Olympic Games
Karate is making its Olympic debut at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The competition takes place in a square mat usually called ‘tatami’.
The contestants, Aka (red) and Ao (blue), compete against each other trying to score points by using different punching, kicking and takedown techniques.
The duration of the bouts will be two minutes (actual time) for men and for women.
Contestants receive points according to correctly executed techniques (controlled punches, strikes and kicks).
The valid points in Kumite are as follows: One ("Yuko") point for a straight punch or strikes delivered to the body and/or face. Two ("Waza-Ari") points for a middle kick delivered to the body. Three ("Ippon") points for a high kick delivered to the head, or for a punch delivered on an opponent who has been taken to the ground after a sweep or takedown.
The winner is the athlete claiming the highest number of points at full time.
The following teams set a fast pace in term two team competitions. Can they maintain their form and collect the spoils this term?
Boys: Saint Kentigern College - The defending 1A Auckland champions have won 19 games in a row in the local competition and boast a faultless record in 2018. A well-balanced team with strength in both the forwards and the backs, St Kent’s overpowered Sacred Heart College 29-6 in their top of the table televised meeting on rugby on 23 June.
Standout players for St Kent’s include: Sila Tituti who scored two tries from No.8 in the aforementioned game. Elusive fullback Peni Lasaqa and New Zealand Schools representatives Tamaiti Williams (prop), Rivez Reihana (first-five) and Isaiah Punivai (Midfield).
St Pats Silverstream (18) and Christchurch Boys’ High School (19) are other teams enjoying unbeaten streaks in their local competitions.
Girls: St Mary’s College are ‘re-building’ this year, and on the evidence of their form so far they’re doing a good job at it. The girls Top 4 Hine Pounamu Trophy is the first thing a visitor sees when entering the school’s reception, and they won’t be keen on relinquishing it just yet. They are unbeaten in Wellington and late last term swept away Feilding High School in a friendly match.
Key fit and firing players over the next several weeks leading up to the 25 August Hurricanes schoolgirls final include outside back Dhys Faleafaga and fullback Julie Tusa (both playing club rugby for top Wellington side Norths) and props Laina Semu and Nive Leota.
Boys: Mount Albert Grammar School - MAGS were third at the National Secondary Schools championships last year and before the school holidays became the first team in 2018 to beat defending National champions Rosmini College.
Mt Albert had only scored 42 points at the three-quarter mark (leading 42-39) but exploded for 34 points in the final period to beat Rosmini 76-63. Ryan Laumatia, having been kept quiet by Rosmini up until that point scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth. Aided by a couple of threes from Sataan Tawera and 8 points from Nate Wilson MAGS closed out the game for a seventh straight win.
MAGS have beaten every team in the Auckland competition and boast the best defensive and second best offensive record.
The MAGS girls are second in the Auckland competition as well with an 8-2 records suggesting that North Shore schools might not have it all their own way. Auckland Girls Grammar School head Auckland Premier Girls basketball with an 11-0 record.
Girls: St Peter’s Cambridge - It’s hard to ignore the juggernaut that is St Peter’s. The National runners-up in 2017 were champions in 2015 and 2016. St Peter’s are unbeaten this year and in Ella Bradley and Charlisse Leger-Walker feature the two best age group players in the country. Both girls are with the New Zealand Under-17 team at the World Championships at present and both featured in Waikato’s National Under-19 tournament success, top scoring in the final. Leger-Walker won a bronze medal with the Tall Ferns at the Commonwealth Games in April, top scoring in the playoff.
Boys: St Thomas Canterbury of Canterbury College - St Thomas were second in the Canterbury Youth league last season, but went onto surprise at Nationals finishing fourth and only losing two players this season. St Thomas have made a great start to the Youth League winning all eight games and outscoring opponents 36-5. Highlights of the season include winning the Brentwood Trophy against Shirley Boys’ High School and the Connetics Shield against Burnside High School. The Connetics Shield is like the Ranfurly Shield of school football in Christchurch. The team is superbly led by New Zealand Schools skipper Tom Stewart.
National champions Hamilton Boys’ High School recently won the Super 8 while St Kentigern College and Sacred Heart College occupy the top two places in Auckland and were National semi-finalists last year.
Girls: Saint Kentigern College - The defending Auckland champions head the Premier League with just one defeat in 11 games. St Kent’s have outscored opponents 40-12 and are three points clear of second-placed Epsom Girls Grammar who did beat St Kent’s 3-1 on June 24, but have scored 10 fewer goals. St Kent’s are the reigning National Champions and in Hannah Blake boast a striker who is good enough to start for the New Zealand Under-20’s, providing a potentially cutting edge difference to their roster.
Boys: Westlake Boys’ High School - Westlake won the Rankin Cup as recently as 2015 and have scored 25 unanswered goals in four Super City games. St Kent’s are chasing hard having blanked four teams and scored 13 times. Daniel Woud has been an especially effective player. Saint Kentigern College and Westlake BHS were the only unbeaten teams at the ANZAC tourney with St Kent’s piling on 17 goals and only conceding twice in five games. Hamilton BHS held the Auckland powerhouse to a draw and Westlake shared two of their fixtures at that event.
The Super 8 tournament is held in New Plymouth in a fortnight's time and will provide a strong gauge of where many of the typically strong teams nationally are at. Palmerston North Boys’ High School are the top seeds and defending champions.
Girls: St Cuthbert’s College - St Cuthbert's College have scored 25 goals in winning all four of their Super City games thus far. Their wins have been 9-0 over St Mary’s College, 3-0 over Auckland Dio, 6-4 over Westlake Girls’ High School, and 7-0 over Baradene College. The Super City competition resumes this Thursday night with round 5 of 7. The defending national champions are poised to take a clear lead the top the table (current joint leaders Dio having played an extra game) with victory over Kristin School this week.
As always, the Connetics Canterbury Girls Championship is hotly contested this year. There are three rounds to play in the round-robin, resuming this week. After seven rounds Rangi Ruru Girls’ School are leading on 19 points with St Margaret’s second on 17 and Villa Maria on 12. Rangi Ruru and St Margaret’s play this coming Friday in a feature clash.
Epsom Girls’ Grammar School - The Auckland Secondary School Premier competition still has five rounds of 11 to play, resuming this week. At the school holiday break, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School were unbeaten with six wins. EGGS have so far beaten Macleans College 46-21, Aorere College 61-20, Howick College 41-28, McAuley High School 44-32, Baradene College 34-28 and Botany Downs 56-28.
But hot on EGGS’ heels are perennial contenders Mount Albert Grammar School and Saint Kentigern College, both just back in second and third. MAGS are also unbeaten, but were held to a 37-37 draw by One Tree Hill College. MAGS beat St Kent’s 45-38 in their last match before the holidays, which is the latter’s only loss.
Westlake Girls’ High School are in fourth with four wins, while last year’s national champions Howick College are in eighth of 12 teams with two wins, two losses and a draw – but have a catch-up game to play.
A feature match upon the resumption of the competition sees EGGS take on MAGS. EGGS meets St Kent’s in the final round on 18 August.
In Wellington, the Regional competition’s third round set of matches of seven is tonight (Monday). St Mary’s College, Sacred Heart College and St Oran’s College are the three schools that won their first two matches pre-school holidays.
In Canterbury, the Super Net competition gets underway this Wednesday, with the first of three round-robin matches split in two pools.
It’s an action-packed year for the Junior Black Fins team as they prepare to take on the world at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide in November.
Year 12 New Plymouth Girls’ High School athlete Claudia Kelly and the team's co-captain wouldn’t have it any other way in a sport she loves.
“It’s really exciting to be training hard at the moment to represent New Zealand, for a young sportsperson it is the highest level to reach so it feels amazing to be able to do this,” said Claudia who represents the East End Surf Life Saving Club.
“This week I am at a swimming training camp near New Plymouth so it’s a big workload at the moment, we have two two-hour training sessions each day plus a gym or dry land session as well.”
Claudia is the second youngest person in the 12-strong Junior Black Fins team that features a dedicated group of current and recent school-aged surf lifesavers from around the country. The youngest is Briana Irving from Gisborne Girls’ High School.
The Lifesaving World Championships consists of 43 pool and beach lifesaving events over five days of competition, including three days of pool events and two days of beach and ocean events. Claudia is an all-rounder.
“I am a craft person, so I do board and ski but my main event is the ironwoman, and I also do some pool events as well.
The ironwoman or oceanwoman is like a surf rescue medley event. “It is sort of like a triathlon of the water, it involves a surf swim and then a board leg, and a surf ski leg with a run transition in between. It’s a full-on 15 minute race.”
Claudia has recently returned from Japan with the New Zealand Surf Life Saving High Performance team that finished second behind Australia at the annual Sanyo Cup competition.
“We did really well as a young team and we were quite close behind Australia. They won by 20 points on day one but on day two we pulled together and they finished only eight points in front of us.”
Other countries competing at the Sanyo Cup included USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. Claudia said the World Championships will be a step up in intensity and with more countries competing, but this and other recent high level competition means they know what to expect.
This was Claudia’s second time competing at the Sanyo Cup, and she has other international experience, being part of the team for the DHL International Surf Rescue (ISRC) challenge at Mt Maunganui late last year.
She was part of the New Zealand Youth (U19) team that finished second overall in the three-Test series behind Australia, with Great Britain, South Africa and the USA filling the minor places. New Zealand won the second Test, with Claudia winning the Mixed Board Relay and Female Tube Rescue and Beach Relay team events.
Earlier in 2017 she took home a Taranaki record of nine medals from SLSNZ Nationals.
How long has she been doing surf lifesaving for?
“I have been doing surf lifesaving for as long as I remember. I started because we live near the sea in New Plymouth and our whole family has always loved the beach and I think my parents wanted me to be safe at the beach so I got into it that way.”
Working as a surf lifeguard is a pre requisite for competing, and the associated competitive events all replicate what can be required in the serious side of patrolling the beaches and potentially saving lives.
“When we turn 14 in order to be able to compete at senior level surf events we have to complete our lifeguard award and be actively patrolling lifeguards. So we all do that over summer. We are all people that love to be at the beach anyway and we are helping out the community as well.”
Claudia also has a background in other sports. “I was a competitive dancer for 10 years, then when I was younger I was involved in lots of sports. The last few years I have been focusing on cross country, swimming and at the moment surf lifesaving.”
Both her older brother Chris and sister Isabella have represented New Zealand in secondary school cross country. Both were good surf athletes as well.
Claudia is also accomplished academically, doing some level 3 NCEA subjects as well as level 2. “I love French, chemistry and maths and chemistry.”
“I was in and out of hospital for six months before they sent me to Starship. They had no idea what to do so I was wired up in some crazy room and forced to take a purple inhaler instead of the traditional brown and blue inhaler,” Oliver Schmid rues when discussing his former battles with asthma.
Out of breath playing football, Schmid found solace in Taekwondo. In four years he received a black belt in Kumgang Academy from Master Detlef.
At the age of 14, over the worst of his asthma, Schmid entered a kick boxing ring for the first time.
Why did the Westlake Boys’ High School student embrace such a violent sport?
“Full contact is a real adrenaline rush. I enjoy the discipline of the gym and the strategy involved in out muscling someone. Fighting is not just about beating someone up,” Schmid responds.
Battling a knee infection, Schmid managed to win his debut fight with only two months of training behind him. He has since fought 20 times under the tutelage of South African international Jason Vorster, a specialist in Shuriken MMA.
“Jason has been massive for me. He helps me train six times a week and brings so much experience, support and encouragement,” Schmid marvels.
In 2016, Schmid was the Oceana and intercontinental Junior K1 championship, defending the former title in Australia last year.
“It was pretty cool to go to Australia and fight tough guys my age. I had two fights which were 3x2 minute rounds and beat two Aussies by decision,” Schmid recalls.
Finding competitive opposition in New Zealand is a consistent challenge and the 70kg Schmid often fights well above his weight.
“I've fought guys in their mid-20’s. I enjoy the challenge, but sometimes it's scary when you get an experienced dude with lots of tattoos and missing teeth,” Schmid laughs.
Schmid, 16, is unbeaten in his age group in Australian K1 kickboxing . Seeking greater challenges he is attempting to fundraise $5000 to compete in the Junior World Championships in Italy. This is Schmid’s last chance to test himself against other fighters in his age group from all over the world in the Junior K1 category.
“The draw for Italy is determined on the first day of the tournament. It would be huge for me to compete. I put in a lot of work and want to make a career of it. This is a big step,” Schmid reveals.
The Junior World Championships are in Venice from 15-23 September.
New Zealand has a proud history in kickboxing with Mark Hunt having won the K1 world title and Ray Sefo being a household name in Japan.
Schmid was born in the US and spent several years in Hungary before migrating to Auckland. His parents run the Manuka Corner honey business in Auckland.
A team of four wrestlers has been named for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October.
The selected wrestlers are Westerly Ainsley (Te Wharekura o Mauao), Arapo Kellner (Kaitaia College), Ryan Marshall (Hamilton Boys’ High School) and Ella Derry (Tauranga Girls’ College).
The athletes were selected after winning their respective divisions at the Oceania Wrestling Championships, which doubled as the Youth Olympic Games qualifying tournament, in Guam in May.
Arapo Kellner began wrestling when he lived in Wyoming in the United States, where the sport is extremely popular.
“I started wrestling when I was four years old, growing up in the US my older brother and all my friends were all wrestlers so that’s how I got into it.
“I love the physicality and intensity that comes with the sport, it’s the ultimate challenge,” said the 16-year old.
15 year old Ella Derry also got into the sport through her brother. She enjoys the tactics involved and the fact that wrestling keeps her fit, strong and healthy.
“What I love about the sport is how much it makes you think and how different it is to the basic school sports that are offered, it really tests your mental strength.”
Westerly Ainsley will contest the 65kg Freestyle category, Arapo Kellner will contest the 60kg Greco Roman category, Ryan Marshall will contest the 80kg Freestyle category and Ella Derry will contest the 43kg Freestyle category.
About the wrestlers
Age at Games: 17
School: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Winning the Youth Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Guam in May 2018.
How did you get into your sport:
My older brother was invited by his representative rugby coach, who was also the wrestling coach at the time, to try out wrestling. I went along and have been wrestling ever since - that was 2011.
What do you love about the sport:
I love the fact that even if you are down on the score board, you can still come back in the final seconds to win the match. You have to stay 100% focused as the match is not over until the clock stops.
What inspires you:
I am inspired by wearing the fern and representing New Zealand on the international stage.
Age at Games: 17
School: Kaitaia College
The first time I got to wear the Silver Fern and represent New Zealand in front of my Grandparents.
How did you get into your sport:
I started when I was four years old, I grew up in Wyoming in the USA and my friends and my older brother were wrestlers.
What do you love about the sport:
The physicality and intensity that wrestling brings is like no other, it is the ultimate challenge.
What inspires you:
To push myself to be better in life not just in sport.
Age at Games: 15 years old
School: Tauranga Girls’ College.
My highlight in wrestling was when I beat a girl in a weight range above me during National champs. Another one was when I got selected to go to Guam for the Oceanias and being able to represent New Zealand.
How did you get into your sport:
I got into wrestling via my brother, he started going to training because we knew the coach, Mark Grayling.
What do you love about the sport:
What I love about the sport is how much it makes you think and how different it is to the basic school sports that are offered, it also tests your mental strength.
What inspires you:
What inspires me is the need to keep fit, strong and healthy.
Age at Games: 16
School: Te Wharekura o Mauao.
Winning the Oceania Championships in Guam.
How did you get into your sport:
I started wrestling to help keep me strong and fit for rugby.
What do you love about the sport:
I enjoy the contact side of the sport, particularly the physicality and the challenge.
What inspires you:
To get fitter and stronger and to win for New Zealand.
Practice makes perfect.
“I usually go out and shoot a couple of hundred arrows every day, and I’m always working on how I can improve, says Ryan Jones.
The year 11 James Hargest College archer is fully committed to his sport and next month he will be representing New Zealand for the first time at next month’s Oceania Championships in New Caledonia.
Ryan will be joining other archers, including Sid Spence (Fiordland College) and Jack Light (boarding at John McGlashan College in Dunedin).
Ryan earned selection for the New Zealand junior team after finishing second at a two-day tournament in Ellsemere near Christchurch in March.
This tournament consisted of a ranking round and then a match play round, which is one archer versus the other.
“We shoot a day of different distances, so for me it would be 70, 60m, 50m and 30m, and at the end we get a score and we are ranked on a points system that determines the match play seedings for the next day, explains Ryan.”
The match play is a knockout round, down to the final pairing who meet in the final.
Each archer shoots six arrows per round in competition and there is a time period of four minutes to shoot all six.
At this point in the story, it is important to note the distinction between compound archery (what Ryan shoots) and recurve archery (the type of archery in the Olympic Games).
Compound archery is different in that it relies on a system of pulleys or cams that the string passes through, allowing greater mechanical force (draw weight) and thus allowing the arrows to fly farther and more accurately than from a traditional recurve bow.
There is little crossover between the two, owing to the decidedly different way the bows shoot and the time needed to perfect the form at the elite level.
It’s not in the Olympics, but compound archery has been a Commonwealth Games sport twice (in 1982 and 2010). “The world archery championships is ultimately where I hope to go in the future, says Ryan.”
The Oceania Championships are every two years, so Ryan will be eligible for the New Zealand again whilst he’s still at school.
How much of archery is mental and how much physical?
“There is kind of a point in archery where it switches from between 90 percent physical to 90 percent mental. If your mental state is not there it all falls apart.”
That’s not to say Ryan isn’t physically fit, his other sport being crossfit. “I absolutely love crossfit, and I have done a bit competitively but for now I am just focusing on my archery but it has been great to build up my body and my endurance and strength.”
The conditions are also a big factor.
“The wind’s a killer! Sometimes you don’t know if it is the wind or if it is you. We ‘call it chasing your sight’ thinking it is the wind but really it is something that you are doing that can really mess you up.
“But the good thing about the wind is that it affects everybody. At the end of the day, the person that has the best mindset and keeps calmest in the conditions really is going to win. It is not someone who has the best physical attributes it is someone who is on point with their thought process.”
Ryan has his own bow and arrows, which require careful maintenance. “Everything needs looking after, and strings wear out as well so you have get that replaced.”
He does his bow tuning and arrow maintenance with his coach Tony Waddick but anything more gets sent away.
How did Ryan start archery?
“I really started taking it seriously about three years ago. I got a toy bow as a present and then I went to my local archery club [Southland Archery Club] and then started on a proper bow and through the help with coaches I have had stuck with it and improved.”
Following the Oceania Championships, the Nationals are in Auckland in the first half of January. This is also attended by some of the Pacific Island nations, so Ryan could end up shooting against some of the archers he will meet in New Caledonia).
Ryan may also have to travel to North Island Tournaments to hone his skills against his peers for more competition.
The Oceania Archery Championships in New Caledonia run from 9-13 July.
The New Zealand Junior team is:
Intermediate Compound Men:
Intermediate Men’s Recurve:
Intermediate Women’s Recurve:
Cadet Men’s Recurve:
Cadet Women’s Recurve:
Cadet Compound Men:
Junior Men’s Recurve:
Junior Women’s Recurve:
Junior Compound Men:
Junior Compound Women:
Westlake Boys’ High School badminton player Oscar Guo has been named to the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The 17 year old was selected following strong results at international events early in the year, including the Men’s Singles title at the North Harbour International – his first international title at a senior level.
Guo was ranked 12th on the Badminton World Federation Junior World Ranking List for the Youth Olympic Games and will compete in the men’s singles event and the mixed team event, where he will team up with other youth athletes from around the world.
Guo says he’s looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games and plans to learn a lot from the experience.
“I’m excited to represent New Zealand at the highest level. I hope to perform well on the world stage and put New Zealand on the map.
“I have a long preparation over the next 5 months so I’ll be working hard with our National Coach to peak at the games.”
He began playing the sport at just four years old.
“I was always at the badminton hall as a child as my parents played a lot. It wasn’t long before I picked up a racket too.”
Career highlights so far for Guo was winning the North Harbour International Singles title (first senior international title) and being crowned Oceania Junior Champion back to back (2015 and 2017)
He says he is inspired by wanting to perform well for his family and friends and for himself. “I want to be satisfied and know at the end of the games I did my best and I have no regrets. I want to eventually go to the Olympic Games and perform well on the world stage.”
Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock extended his congratulations to Guo.
“We are very proud of Oscar’s achievement. He is a dedicated player who trains and competes exceptionally hard.
“His selection is well-earned, and we have no doubt that Oscar will deliver his best performance in Buenos Aires.”
While no further quota places are available the NZOC has also conditionally selected Jenny Zhu subject to a quota place being reallocated from another country.
The Youth Olympic Games run from 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Triathletes Brea Roderick (Mount Hutt College) and Dylan McCullough (formerly Saint Kentigern College) have been selected to represent New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in October.
The two were selected following strong results in the youth division of the 2018 New Plymouth OTU Triathlon, which doubled as the Oceania Youth Olympic Games qualifying event. McCullough placed first at the event, with Roderick taking second in her division (but being the first placed New Zealander).
At the Youth Olympic Games the athletes will both compete in the individual event. They will also join Australian triathletes to form an Oceania team for the mixed team relay event.
17 year old McCullough has been racing for almost a decade and left school at St Kent’s at the end of last year to focus on triathlon.
“I first got into the sport when I was around nine years old as my older brother was competing in triathlons,” he says. “I’m inspired by the top triathletes in the world and having that motivation to hopefully be on the world stage where they are one day.”
16 year old Roderick first experienced the sport at an interschool competition when she was 13.
“I love that you get to compete and train in three different disciplines, it's a lot of fun.”
New Zealand has a strong history in triathlon at the Youth Olympic Games with Aaron Barclay winning at Singapore 2010, and Daniel Hoy placing second four years later at Nanjing 2014. New Zealand athletes also combined with the Australian pair in the Mixed Relay Team Event to win silver in 2010 and bronze in 2014.
The reserve athletes (non-travelling) for the event are Olivia Cummings (women’s triathlon event) and Reuben Thompson (men’s triathlon event).
The Youth Olympic Games run from 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
About Brea Roderick and Dylan McCullough
Christchurch triathlete Brea Roderick has competed at several International Triathlon Union events.
Roderick was part of the New Zealand team which placed first at the Australian U19 Mixed Team Relay championship in Adelaide in 2018.
The Mount Hutt College student will be attending the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games at the age of 16.
Roderick has an ITU World Ranking of 530 (as at May 2018).
Auckland triathlete Dylan McCullough has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games at the age of 17.
Dylan recorded his best International Triathlon Union finish at the 2018 New Plymouth OTU Triathlon Oceania YOG Qualifier and Junior Oceania Championships where he finished first in the Youth Division and fourth overall in the Junior (under 19) Division.
McCullough attended St Kentigern College in Auckland and finished school (year 12) at the end of 2017.
McCullough has an ITU World Ranking of 435 (as at May 2018).
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named a trio of paddlers to the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to held from6-18 October.
Finn Anderson from Tauranga Boys' College will contest the men’s C1 events (1 person canoe).
Kahlia Cullwick from Mt Maunganui College will contest the women’s C1 events (1 person canoe).
George Snook from Rotorua Lakes High School who’ll contest the men’s K1 events (1 person kayak). George is a member of New Zealand’s under 18 Canoe Slalom team and is currently in Munich, where he’s training ahead of the ICF Junior World Championships in Italy in July.
The paddlers secured their spots by competing at the Youth Olympic Games qualification event in Barcelona in April.
They race in both the slalom and sprint disciplines at the Youth Olympic Games.
All three have come through the Canoe Slalom NZ Development Squad and both George and Kahlia competed at the inaugural AIMS Games canoe slalom event in 2016, with George winning the Year 8 boys event.
Finn Anderson’s been a devoted paddler from a young age and is proud to be following in the footsteps of the Bay of Plenty’s Olympic slalom athletes Mike Dawson and Luuka Jones.
“It’s pretty good having a couple of awesome athletes like them to look up to. Luuka winning that silver medal at Rio was huge, it’s pretty cool to show we can do that as a southern hemisphere country.”
Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty coach Matt McKnight expects the New Zealanders to stack up well against the world’s best young paddlers.
“It’s pretty amazing for us to get three spots and these guys have a good chance over there. They work hard and train at least four hours a week for slalom then three hours for sprint and we’ll do another big training push ahead of Buenos Aires.”
Oliver Puchner has been selected as the non-travelling reserve for Finn Anderson in the Men’s C1 Events. Henry Hall has been selected as the non-travelling reserve for George Snook in the Men’s K1 Events.
Age at Games: 16
High School: Tauranga Boys College.
Career highlight: 2nd placing in slalom at Youth Olympic Games qualifier in Barcelona.
How did you get into your sport: I got into slalom because my dad was a paddler and it’s massive at my school.
What do you love about the sport: The whitewater and the fun and the thrill of getting things right.
What inspires you: I just love the sport and everything about it!
Age at Games: 14
High School: Mt Maunganui College.
Career highlight: Youth Olympic Games qualifier in Barcelona.
How did you get into your sport: I tried it with a friend at intermediate school and Dad had done a bit of paddling years ago so he really helped me on my way as well.
What do you love about the sport: I love paddling and adventure and water splashing in my face. I also love the challenge and the thrill that you get from it.
What inspires you: There are amazing ladies and people out there who do this sport and I’d love to be as awesome as them.
Age at Games: 15
High School: Rotorua Lakes High School.
Career highlight: Making the New Zealand under 18 Canoe Slalom team at just 14 years old.
How did you get into your sport: I grew up surrounded by the sport, dad used to jam me between his legs when he went out paddling and I live by Kaituna river.
What do you love about the sport: All the good times with friends and family in training, after competing and just on the water in general is pretty awesome.
What inspires you: I want to be my best, push the sport and have fun. Big thanks to my family and friends for supporting me with everything
Roger Moses has left Wellington College after 23 years as headmaster. A passionate advocate for sport at one of New Zealand’s leading boys schools, College Sport Media caught up with Roger for some reflections on his long tenure at the school
What’s the best sporting moment your saw at Wellington College?
That’s a really difficult question because there have been so many. It would be unfair to single one out, but I guess winning the coxed fours at Maadi Cup in 2001 was a standout. I have seen many outstanding rugby finals. In 2001 we won the Gillette Cup cricket and last year we won the Wellington basketball title for the first time in my tenure with a bucket in the final second.
Who are the best athletes you saw at Wellington College?
We’ve been lucky to have a number of outstanding athletes across several codes. James Franklin was a fourth former when I started as headmaster. He is one of the few cricketers in test history to have scored a century, taken five wickets in an innings and claimed a hat-trick.
We’ve had some tremendous rugby players. Lima Sopoaga is a tremendous young man and became an All Black. All four of his brothers captained the First XV.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona is the biggest man in the NRL and when he made the Kiwis last year I was lucky to spend two or three hours with him when the team was in Wellington.
In rowing George Bridgewater and Peter Taylor went to the Olympics and became World Champions. Leo Bertos and Tim Brown in football were All Whites and original Phoenix players.
There have been many more internationals, but just as important as the superstars are the hundreds of good boys who have enjoyed their school sport.
Who are the biggest disappointments, those who you thought would kick on but didn’t?
Unfortunately that’s all too common. I think there is so much pressure placed on many to perform in sport that it becomes the exclusion of everything else and eventually results in burnout and disillusionment.
How do you deal with sportsmen with big egos disinterested in school?
That’s a good question. I think many of our top sportsmen are very decent citizens. Their approach to life is becoming increasingly holistic due to professionalism.
However I believe it's our job as educators to provide balance. I’m reminded of The Great Gatsby, a book I used to teach when I was an English teacher. There is a character in the book named Tom Buchanan. He is a rather unpleasant guy, but he had it all. By the age of 21 he is described as having reached an acute limited excellence that everything afterward savours of anticlimax.
All too often we have seen the lives of retired sportsman turn to custard because of they have limited their excellence to one field.
What’s the biggest challenge running sport in a high school today as opposed to 20 years ago?
I think there’s a greater concentration of top sportsmen in fewer schools and that’s not necessarily a good thing for local competition. There are a number of athletes being lured into careers by agents. They are being promised a great deal, but those promises don’t always come to fruition.
There is research that suggests young men are better off playing more than one sport before they turn 18, but out of necessity to compete at the top level they find this increasingly difficult to do.
The level of expertise required to coach a leading First XV and First XI is far greater today than what it was 20 years ago. This presents challenges around coaching and resources.
What is your view on repeat sportsmen?
I’m mixed about this and genuinely so. It’s easy to be cynical and suggest boys are only returning to school to play sport and win a championship.
On the other hand keeping boys in school can open up real pathways both sporting and academic, which improve their lives. We’ve occasionally had repeats at Wellington College. In 2009, I think we had five or six in the First XV.
We must remember some boys are immigrants with little education in their background. If staying at school for another year can open up real pathways for those boys then I think there is a strong argument in defence of repeats.
Does the McEvedy Shield have a future? It’s been a source of pleasure and angst?
I think the McEvedy Shield brings out the best and worst of a boys school. The athletics is always fantastic. The boys train hard and compete hard which is fantastic. The McEvedy Shield is tribal which can have negative connotations, but at the same time it's great to see boys take pride in their schools.
Have boys become too mollycoddled?
If you come to the top field at Wellington College at lunch time there is all sorts of things going on, games of rugby, football, touch. I think we have to be careful not to deny boys a physical outlet for their restless energy. By the same token boys are much bigger these days and collisions so we have to be careful to avoid serious injury. Sometimes I used to visit the medical room at Wellington College after lunch. It was pretty interesting.
What’s the biggest personal difference you have made in sport as a headmaster?
I guess that’s for others to judge, but one thing I learnt from my old boss Sir John Graham was to take an active interest in sport. You can’t run a boys school without appreciating the positive impact sport can have on the lives of young men. John used to walk the sidelines every weekend supporting Auckland Grammar boys. I have put hours into supporting Wellington College boys, everything from 55c rugby to underwater hockey. I think it’s been a great way to connect with the boys. You can’t underestimate the impact of the boys knowing they have someone in their corner, even if I have barracked too loud at times.
What would you like to see change in high school sport?
I would like to see more youngsters involved in sport and if that means a diversification of codes then so be it. Sport is a great way to make friendships, build character and enhance personal development. We need to ensure sporting experiences are as rich for the elite as they are for the average competitor.
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