Dan Hoy and Katherine Badham win NZSS U19 Triathlon titles
The New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon, Aquathlon and Open Water Swim championships were held in and around Queenstown late last week; with Over 800 competitors taking part over the two days of competition.
The blue ribbon U19 Triathlon titles went to Dan Hoy (Westlake Boys’ High School) and Katherine Badham (Takapuna Grammar School), with Hoy racing just a week after he made his debut at ITU World Cup level in New Plymouth and Badham backing up from the recent Oceania Championships in Gisborne.
Hoy won from David Martin (Palmerston North Boys’ High School) and Bradley Cullen (Hamilton Boys’ High School), in fine conditions after earlier wind and cloud.
The Girls U19 race was a thriller, with Badham only edging clear on the run as a group of five girls exited the bike ride within 5 seconds, with eventual silver medallist Ari Graham (St Andrew’s College), bronze medallist Eva Goodisson (Woodford House), Rose Dillon (St Peter’s Cambridge) and Olivia Thornbury (Verdon College) all in close contention.
Dylan McCullough (St Kentigern College) dominated the U16 race, almost a minute clear of Josiah Ney (Gisborne Boys’ High School), with the bronze going to Zach Taylor (Christchurch Boys’ High School).
In the U16 girls Triathlon race it was the tall striding figure of Amelia Persson (Christchurch Girls’ High School) who proved strongest on the day, taking the title from Hannah Knighton (Waikato Diocesan) and Phoebe Young (Mt Aspiring College).
Sam Idiens (Medbury School) won the U12 boys, Sophie Spencer (St Kentigern College) the U12 girls, William Taylor (Christchurch Boys’ High School) the U13 boys and Sacha McLeod the U13 girls.
The U14 girls proved one of the closest races of the day, with Case Mastny-Jensen (Tauhara College)running strongly from third place off the bike to take the win, crossing the line just 13 seconds in front of Natalya Carter (Baradene College) with a further ten seconds back to Olivia Kikstra (Christchurch Girls’ High School). By contrast Laurence Pithie (Christchurch Boys’ High School) made no race of the U14 boys, winning by over a minute from Callum Hockey (Rangitoto College), with William Leong (Palmerston North Boys’ High School) coming home for the bronze medal.
Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Championships
Day two saw the athletes moving to Lake Hayes for the running of the Open Water Swim and Aquathlon National Championships.
One of the highlights of the day and indeed the entire festival came late in the piece with the run of Hamish Miller (Bethlehem College) as he outlasted a fast finishing Janus Staufenberg (Mt Aspring College) to win the boys U19 Aquathlon (run/swim) that had the crowd cheering right through to the line. The effort of Miller and Staufenberg highlighted what it means to win while representing your school, in particular for those in their final year and Miller emptied the tank in racing to victory. Bradley Cullen (Hamilton Boys' High School) came home third.
Ari Graham (St Andrew’s College) was too strong in the U19 girls Aquathlon, running into the lead early on the final leg and easing away by 15 seconds from a fast finishing Jacey Cropp (Rangitoto College)and early leader Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk (St Mary’s College).
Other winners on the final day included a double up for Dylan McCullough (St Kentigern), taking out the U16 Aquathlon title to go with his Triathlon win and a strong performance from Hannah Knighton (Waikato Diocesan) who overcame a constant cold and cough to win the U16 Girls Aquathlon race.
The open water swim did test the athletes however, with a water temperature of a cool 15.4 degrees; it was very much wetsuits and a sharp intake of breath upon entering the water.
Once again there was some brilliant racing, with the highlights including a blanket finish for the U16 boys with Danyon Hardie (Hamilton Boys’ High School) just edging a thrilling race that saw the first four athletes all over the line inside a five second spread.
Amongst the most impressive efforts in the open water swim was that of Rebecca Cheyne, (Pukekohe High School). Cheyne proved a class above the competition to win by 8 seconds in the U16 Girls.
Angus Syme (St Andrew’s) triumphed in the U19 Boys Open Water Swim, with Hamish Miller (Bethlehem College) and David Marist (Palmerston North Boys’ High School) coming in second and third.
In the U19 Girls swim, Claudia Ashby (Sacred Heart, Hamilton) headed Jacey Cropp (Rangitoto College)and Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk (St Mary’s, Wellington) home.
Think only one or two people get sporting scholarships to the United States? Think again! This is a huge shout out to the 18 students from the Canterbury Region alone that have picked up sporting scholarships to help them either academically, with sport development or just to use their talent to enjoy an OE.
The class of 2016 have all been placed into Universities with the help of Jess (a former NZ PE Teacher) from USA Sport Connect. If you want to use your sport skills to open some doors in the future .... best you get in touch. CLICK HERE to get the ball rolling or if you want to know what sports Universities are looking for CLICK HERE.
The Class of 2016
Alice Batt - St Margaret's College - Hockey - Northeastern University
Ben Stroud - St Bede's College/Scots College - Soccer - Missouri State University
Connor Heap - Christ's College - Tennis - University of California-Berkeley
Emma Alderton - St Margaret's College - Hockey - Stanford University
Gabby Edmondson - Christchurch Girls' High School/Missouri State West Plains - Volleyball - Western Carolina University
Johanna Hamblett - Burnside High School - Soccer - Mississippi State University
Jordan Rahurahu - St Thomas of Canterbury College - Swimming - Fairfield University
Louis Evans - Christchurch Boys' High School/Scots College - Soccer - Davidson College
Madison Earle - St Margaret's College - Hockey - Harvard University
Michael McAuley - St Bede's College/University of Canterbury - Golf - University of San Francisco
Michal Matson - St Andrew's College - Tennis - Seton Hall University
Nicky Pio - Burnside High School - Volleyball - Polk State
Nicole Hamilton-Cross - Darfield High School - Golf - Western Illinois University
Olivia Mendonca - St Margarets College - Rowing - Duke University
Petra Manderson - Burnside High School - Volleyball - Hillsborough Community College
Rebecca Gillett - Papanui High School - Soccer - Southeastern Louisiana University
Sam Martel - St Andrew's College - Rowing - Northeastern University
Taylah Eder - St Margaret's College - Rowing - University of Tulsa
Kane Sefton was so sick with glandular fever over the summer he was unable to train until a few weeks before the National Surf Life Saving Championships.
Sefton trains six days a week. He is up at the crack of dawn to swim. He pounds the pavements in Tauranga and spends his fair share of time in the gym and at the beach.
Despite a major change to his regimented routine Sefton still managed to win the Under-19 Ironman, Board Race and Surf Race titles at Ohope Beach. What’s more he was the top under-19 male athlete and the top athlete overall at Nationals. Sefton won three finals less than two hours apart!
“I did enough to get through the heats on Friday. On Saturday the semis were held and then the finals were on a Sunday. It was real rushed. The surf race was first then the board race and the ironman. I was stuffed by the end of it, but I didn’t really have time to think,” Sefton recalls.
The Ironman combines swimming, board paddling, ski paddling and beach running, all the disciplines of the sport.
“It was awesome to do so well. I guess my base fitness is pretty good so that allowed me to hang in,” Sefton says.
Surf living saving runs deep in Sefton’s family. He has won more than a dozen National titles and has a part-time job as a lifeguard. His father won many interclub titles and his sister was briefly a competitor.
Sefton intends to be a competitor for a long time. He dreams of competing in the professional Kellogg Nutri Grain Ironman series in Australia, but in September he will represent New Zealand at the Lifesaving World Championships in the Netherlands.
The New Zealand team, known as the Junior Black Fins, consists of 12 athletes; six male and six female. The Lifesaving World Championships are held every two years and attract competitors from over 40 nations.
The Youth team component was added to the Life Saving World Championships by the International Life Saving Federation in 2012. The format is the same as the Open national teams’ event. They will compete over four days of competition; two days of pool events and two days of beach and ocean events.
Sefton has had to raise nearly $10,000 to compete, but can’t wait for the challenge.
“It’s real tough to raise money, but I am grateful for all the support I get. Local business have been fantastic as are my parents and friends,” Sefton concludes.
New Zealand Life Saving Team
Alaynah Bettany – Lyall Bay
Grace Kaihau – Orewa
Hannah Williams – Piha
Jamie Gedye – Waikanae
Libby Bradley – Mt Maunganui
Olivia Corrin – Midway
Hamish Miller – Mt Maunganui
Lewis Clareburt – Lyall Bay
Javon McCallum – Fitzroy
Kane Sefton – Mt Maunganui
Seb Johnson – Sumner
Zac Reid – Fitzroy
Coach: Jonelle Quane
Assistant Coach: Matt Sutton
Manager: Ange Johnston
Physiotherapist: Mike Ellis
Congratulations to the Senior National Champions from Summer Tournament Week 2016
Boys Softball:Mount Albert Grammar School
Girls Softball:Wellington East Girls’ College
Boys Baseball:Botany Downs Secondary College
Boys Junior Cricket: Auckland Grammar School
Boys Tennis: St. Kentigern College
Girls Tennis: Westlake Girls' High School
Mixed Tennis: St. Andrew's College
Boys Handball:Scots College
Girls Handball:Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Boys Fustal: Kavanagh College
Girls Fustal: Mount Albert Grammar School
Boys Croquet: Mt Hutt College
Boys Ultimate Championships: Auckland Grammar School
Girls Ultimate Championships: Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Boys 3x3 Basketball: Hillcrest High School
Girls 3x3 Basketball: Rosehill College
Maadi Cup Rowing: Christ's College
Springbok Shield Rowing: Christ's College
Girls Rowing:Diocesan School for Girls
Boys Volleyball: Westlake Boys' High School
Girls Volleyball:Burnside High School
Boys Canoe Polo: Horowhenua College
The 25 man squad, captained by Melbourne based Andrew Howison will be reduced to 24 following the last round of the AFL New Zealand Premiership on April 17th.The teams leadership group contains Northerns Suns Captain James Kusel, Southern Saints Captain Michael Boyce, experienced Brisbane based campaigner Aaron Harris and newcomer Sam McKenzie. With 13 clubs and 6 regions represented the team consists of players from the length of the country.
17 of the players within the squad have progressed through junior representative New Zealand teams with five Australian players based players returning to represent their country. 8 players will play their first senior game for New Zealand.
Your team is as follows
AFL New Zealand Hawks
Andrew Howison Captain Melbourne
James Kusel Leadership Group Wellington
Michael Boyce Leadership Group Auckland
Aaron Harris Leadership Group Brisbane
Samuel McKenzie Leadership Group Wellington
Barclay Miller Melbourne
Will Gregson Auckland
Brandon Sucu Auckland
Tim Stokes Auckland
Joseph Baker Thomas Melbourne
Brendan Clark Brisbane
William Warbrick Bay of Plenty
Jordan Drinkall Auckland
Levi Inglis Canterbury
Ben Hick Auckland
Kyle Smith Canterbury
Misilifi (Richard) Faimalo Wellington
Ty Smith Auckland
Kahurangi Robinson Bay of Plenty
Christian Blackie Otago
Heta Scarf-Matthews Otago
Te Kopa Tipene Thomas Northland
Jay Johnson Canterbury
Troy Brown Auckland
Fraser Stevens Auckland
Jessie Baty Auckland
Alistair Maisey Auckland
Josh Cunliffe Auckland
The 3rd annual New Zealand Secondary School Ultimate Championships concluded yesterday with Auckland Grammar and Epsom Girls' taking the spoils.
Wellington schools were not left out with Wellington High and Hutt Valley High taking the respective boys and girls Spirit Awards.
Epsom Girls Grammar
Lytton High School
Takapuna Grammar School
Hutt Valley High School
Takapuna Grammar School
Green Bay High School Girls
Auckland Grammar School
Westlake Boys High School
Wellington High School
Auckland Grammar School
Wonderful day at Lake Tikitapu for the 2016 Waka Ama Secondary Schools event! Day 2 of Waka Ama Nationals is now complete... check out the most up to date results here
It has been a huge few days at the Trans Tasman Tag competition. Check out the results for the 16's and 18's below.
Game 1: 6-13 NZ
Game 2: 8-8 Draw
Game 3: 6-9 Aus
Game 4: 8-11 Aus
Game 5: 3-9 NZ
Drop off: 2-2 NZ
Game 1: 3-5 Aus
Game 2: 3-5 NZ
Game 3: 2-5 Aus
Game 4: 5-4 NZ
Game 5: 4-5 NZ
Game 1: 4-5 NZ
Game 2: 3-6 Aus
Game 3: 2-6 NZ
Game 4: 3-4 Aus
Game 5: 3-6 NZ
Game 1: 8-11 Aus
Game 2: 2-9 NZ
Game 3: 5-6 NZ
Game 4: 2-3 AUS
Game 5: 3-5 Aus
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