Congratulations to the team sport national champions crowned at this year’s Summer Tournament Week:
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,Auckland Grammar School (Open Division) and Hutt Valley High School (Girls Division) won the annual NZSS Ultimate Championships held in Taupo this week.
Auckland Grammar won their final over Hutt Valley High School boys 12-10, while HVHS defeated Gisborne’s Lyttton High Scool 10-6 in their final in the tournament at Owen Delany Park on Monday and Tuesday.
AGS had earlier wins in the tournament against Wellington High School (13-3), New Plymouth Boys’ High School (12-5), Lytton High School (13-4), HVHS (13-9, first meeting), Green Bay High School 2 (13-0) and Westlake Boys’ High School (13-3).
HVHS defeated Lytton High School (7-6, first meeting), lost to Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (3-9), beat Takapuna Grammar Schoool (13-2), before beating Lytton again in the final.
The closeness of the Girls competition was a feature of the tournament. After the opening round, EGGS had beaten HVHS, who beat Lytton High School, who beat Epsom.
In the Open division Wellington High School (mixed teams with three New Zealand U20 Kahu girls in it - Abi Liddell, Amelia Mance and Sophie Mance) beat finalist Hutt Valley High School. Although this was not to have a bearing on the overall outcome.
NPBHS' result was very good given they are a new team of Year 13s based around their two New Zealand representative U20 Katipo Boys Graydon Scott and Luke Rabe, who only started playing last year.
Also of note at this note at this NZSS event was the opportunities for youth leadership being offered and taken up. Tane Rolfe, Emma Doile and Beth Thompson (members of the NZ U20 teams who are now at university) all came with teams as coaches. Anna Crosby (Kahu Captain) was there as a tournament volunteer and the tournament was organised and run by ex-Kahu player Julia Forde, who is 21 and this was her 5th NZSS Ultimate Championships as the tournament director.
For full results go here http://nzssuc.ultimatecentral.com/e/2018-nz-secondary-school-ultimate-championships/schedule
1st Auckland Grammar School
2nd Hutt Valley High School 1
3rd Hamilton Boys High School
4th Westlake Boys’ High School
5th New Plymouth Boys’ High School
6th Wellington High School
7th Onslow College
8th Takapuna High School
9th Lytton High School
10th Green Bay High School 1
11th Hutt Valley High School 2
12th Green Bay High School 2
Winner of the Spirit of the Game Award: Wellington High School
Most Valuable Player: Hamish Forde (Westlake Boys’ High School)
1st Hutt Valley High School
2nd Lytton High School
3rd Epsom Girls’ High School
4th Takapuna Grammar School
Winner of the Spirit of the Game Award: Hutt Valley High School
Most Valuable Player: Katja Neef (Takapuna Grammar School)
New Zealand U20 teams preparing for World Junior Championships
The World Junior Ultimate Championships are in Waterloo, Canada from 19-25 August. New Zealand will be represented in both the Under 20 Men's and Under 20 Women's divisions.
New Zealand will be part of 19 teams contesting the U20 Men's division in Canada, while 16 teams will participate in the U20 Women's division.
New Zealand also competed at the last WJUC event in 2016 in Poland where Katipo (NZ U20 Men) finished 13th out of 20 teams and Kahu (NZ U20 Women) finished 6th out of 20.
Girls and Boys who were named in the National Junior Teams who attended this week's tournament were:
Summer Tournament Week is on all this coming week, with 10,000 students involved. College Sport Media can't wait.
Here are some of the major national titles to be resolved below, with a number of regional events taking place as well.
Please contact CSM if you have any photos or stories you would like to share.
NZSS Baseball Senior Tournament
When: 22-24 March
NZSS 3x3 Basketball Championships
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Canoe Polo Championships
When: 16-18 March
NZSS Junior Boys Cricket
Where: Palmerston North
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Dragon Boat Championships
Where: Lake Hood, Ashburton
When: 23-24 March
NZSS Floorball Championships
When: 24-25 March
NZSS Futsal Championships
Where: Wellington and Lower Hutt
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Mountain Biking Championships
When: 28 March
Downhill, Cross Country, Team Relays
NZSS Rowing Championships (Aon Maadi Cup)
Where: Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel
When: 19-24 March (Sunday 25 March reserve day)
NZSS Softball Championships
Where: Lower Hutt
When: 19-23 March
Boys and Girls, Division 1
NZSS Tennis Championships
When: 19-23 March
Boys, Girls and Mixed.
NZSS Track Cycling Championships
When: 20-21 March
NZSS Triathlon Championships
When: 19-20 March
NZSS Ultimate Championships
When: 19-20 March
NZSS Volleyball Championships
Where: Palmerston North
When: 18-23 March
NZSS Waka Ama Championships
Where: Tikitapu - Blue Lake (Rotorua)
When: 19-23 March
Lucy Makaea won 20 medals at the recent Northern Regional Life Saving Championships and this week she is heading to the National Championships in Gisborne, starting on Thursday. She is part of the New Zealand squad and hoping to be selected for the team to go to the World Championships in Adelaide at the end of the year.
College Sport Media: 2017 was a busy year for you in surf life saving - tell us about some of the highlights from last year?
Lucy Makaea: 2017 was definitely a massive year for me, both in the pool rescue side of surf life saving as well as the beach side of surf life saving. My favourite highlights would have to start with at surf lifesaving nationals held at Christchurch in March 2017 where I came away with a total of seven medals - winning gold in both swimming-based events – U16 women's run swim run and the U16 women's surf race. Also taking out the under 16 women's Taplin team event too and to be selected into the New Zealand surf lifesaving youth squad. A big highlight for me was to go over to Australia to compete in the Queensland surf lifesaving pool rescue championships and coming away with five individual medals (1 gold,2 slivers and 2 bronze). Also going to the Australian surf lifesaving pool rescue championships coming away with a silver in the 100m manikin tow with fins.
The highlight I'm the proudest of is when I broke the U19 women's 100m manikin tow with fins record as a first year of being in the U19 women's category. My time was 1.03.44. Also coming away with 3 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes, was an amazing achievement.
CSM: What are your favoured events?
Lucy: My favourite events in pool rescue side of surf lifesaving is the 100-manikin tow with fins and 100-manikin carry with fins. My favourite beach events of surf lifesaving is definitely the surf swim, run swim run, board and iron women.
I compete in all events in beach and pool. I love both pool rescue and I love the beach. Just being at the beach with the sun surf and sand, you get to travel to beaches all over the country and I just love being in the ocean. I love the pool because the events are so fun and it’s strength of mine.
CSM: Please explain the 100m manikin tow with fins event?
Lucy: The 100m manikin tow with fins is a race that involves a swimmer wearing fins and has a surf lifesaving yellow rescue tube on them. You dive in with your tube and fins, you swim to the end of the 50m pool where someone will be holding an orange manikin that is half filled with water. You must clip in the manikin up in the yellow tube as if it was a patient, in between a 5m margin and turn around and tow the manikin to the end of the pool.
CSM: You had an injury setback late last year?
Lucy: I first got my upper calf muscle injury at the Waipu northern regional inter-club in October. I injured it by running into a pot hole in the ocean. It was really frustrating not being able to train and do what I loved. There were many visits to the physio and acupuncture. About two-three weeks later I went to the northern regional inter-club at Muriwai, thinking I have recovered enough but I blew my upper right calf muscle again. This time it was running out of the water and my right leg hit a pot hole and pulled the muscle again. This was devastating for me. I continued with physio, acupuncture, cupping and resting for six weeks. The worst feeling was knowing that I was falling behind my competitors everyday i wasn't training. Not being able to train was hard and i missed it so much. Even though i was injured, it brought back a motivation and drive to train hard and get back to where i was before the injury.
CSM: You are in the New Zealand Youth Life Saving Squad and have nationals coming up this week in Gisborne. What are your expectations at Nationals and is the incentive there to be picked for the New Zealand World Championship team for Adelaide at the end of this year?
Lucy: I'm one of 10 girls and 10 boys in the squad. I've been training hard for nationals. I hope to medal at nationals, U19 Women’s is a hard age group. There are so many great athletes in that category and being first year U19, you have to do the extras to keep up but definitely medalling at nationals would be absolutely amazing.
It would be an absolute honour to be able to represent New Zealand at the world championships but there are so many athletes/contenders that are up for one of six places on the team. So it will definitely be a hard pick for the coaches.
CSM: Tell us about your training for your sport?
Lucy: Most mornings I have swimming training, and in five-six afternoons a week I have surf training with the Piha competition squad at Takapuna beach. When training is cancelled I go for a run and do something else to keep active. Sunday is my rest day where I kick back, relax and allow my body to recover from the week. Sunday is important to keep clear and do little so I can recover before the next week of trainings.
CSM: You are also the swim champion at Avondale College. What are your favoured swimming events, and do you swim competitively outside of school and separate to surf lifesaving?
Lucy: My favourite events for swimming are the 100m butterfly, 200 freestyle and 400m freestyle. I have recently moved to a new swim club which has been a really good change for me. I swim competitively with Mt Eden swimming club with Don Mckenna as my coach. I originally started swimming for surf and then it developed into its own separate sport.
CSM: Is it just you at Avondale College competing to a high level in surf lifesaving and in swimming, or are there others from your school?
Lucy: Ikko shibuya is a high levelled national medallist swimmer at my school, who trains at the same swimming club as me.
CSM: What is your background in swimming and surf lifesaving?
Lucy: I have been doing swimming since I was little but i didn't get into competitive swimming until I was 13. I started surf lifesaving when I was eight, some family friends told us to come and give it a shot since I loved the water so much and that's where it all started. I started competitive swimming because swimming was once my weakest disciple in the sport and now it's my strength in surf lifesaving.
CSM: A shout-out to your coaching and support?
Lucy: A big shout out to my surf coach Steven Ferguson for everything he has done for me pool side and beach side of surf lifesaving. He’s such an amazing coach pushing me to be the best I can be and the experience he has being a former surf athlete himself and being a 4 time Olympian has very useful in competing. Also to my swimming coach Don Mckenna who has trained me hard throughout the summer. He sets special trainings to benefit my surf lifesaving and is understanding when I can't make trainings because of surf lifesaving trainings and competitions. A massive shout out to my parents Gillian and Ray Makaea who have been supporting me from the start. They drive me from training to training, from one side of Auckland to the other, financially support me and are amazing parents. Huge thank you to them, I appreciate them so much and i wouldn't have been able to get this far in surf lifesaving without them.
CSM: Looking ahead, where would like to be heading with your sport when you leave school in 2019, and do you have plans yet for work, travel or study (or all three) in a year’s time?
Lucy: I’m still deciding but i would love to travel to Hawaii and Tahiti. Try to chase the sun would be a dream. I would like to study marine biology or oceanography because I'm passionate about the ocean and it's something I'm really interested in. I’m still going to be training full time for pool rescue and beach . Training in Australia for a couple of months and train with the best in the sport would be the main goal. I would like to enter the officiating side of surf and help out with the young athlete's competitions and giving back to the sport.
CSM: Thank you and good luck for the nationals and for the future!
2018 TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships, featuring 1500 athletes from U15s to Masters, from 15-18 March at Medway Beach, Gisborne.
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