New Zealand’s top junior talent was on display during day two of the 2015 National Scholastic Surfing Championships presented by Eastland Community Trust today (Tuesday 29th September). Surfers were spurred on by the overnight announcement that surfing has been recommended by Tokyo 2020 as one of five new sports to be added to the Olympic family.
Should surfing be accepted as an Olympic sport come August 2016, many of the top junior surfers at this weeks’ event will be in their prime to challenge for a place at the biggest sporting event in the world.
Today, it was the girls turn to shine at Gisborne with day two taking place at Makorori Beach that offered up clean 1.0m waves with light onshore winds that built throughout the day.
Current New Zealand representative Britt Kindred (Auck) progressed through to the semifinals of the Under 18 Girls Division this morning with what she described as an average performance.
Kindred is using this event as a warm up for the World Junior Championship being held in California in two weeks’ time.
“I am down here without my Dad so it is good to get used to surfing at events without him because that will be the situation I will be in at the World Junior Championship in California in a couple of weeks” said Kindred.
Kindred was enthused by the chance that surfing would be part of the Olympics in 2020. “It would be amazing to be in the Olympic environment, surrounded by top level athletes and participating in a sport that you are passionate about and have competed in all your life” she commented.
Local surfer Dayna Story also progressed to the semifinals of the Under 18 Girls Division in fine form notching up a 14.37 point heat total – the highest of the round. Her performance spurred on her younger team mates including Abby Falwasser – Logan, Saffi Vette and Kai Woolfe who also advanced through their heats.
Woolfe top scored in the Under 14 Girls Division and has so far loved her first taste of the Scholastic Championships and having everyone in Gisborne for the event.
“It actually lifts the level of surfing at all the beaches and it makes me try that much harder on every wave while out free surfing. It is good for the town too” said Woolfe.
Sleeping in their own beds at night has not taken away from the spirit of the host team and Woolfe was quick to point out how supportive her Gisborne team have been so far and, win or lose, the team have been right behind each surfer.
The Hawkes Bay and Wellington teams are both fielding surfers fresh to the event as well.
Five Hawkes Bay surfers have relished the chance to surf away from home this week despite only being a few hours up the coast from their local breaks.
“The experience has been good, it is way different to home and getting to see all the other surfers and how good they surf compared to just surfing at Te Awanga is good for our surfing” said first timer Eli Shaw - Throp who despite a good showing on day two was eliminated from the Under 16 Boys Division.
Another first timer was Aloyius Richardson – Lane from Wellington. His run came to an end in the Under 16 Boys requalifying rounds. “The level of surfing is really good, it is right up there but hopefully there are a few more surfers from Wellington that will join me next year and we can improve on our overall team ranking” he said after exiting the water.
Despite being knocked out of the event, Richardson – Lane was making the most of his first trip to Gisborne and the good waves along the coastline at Makorori as well as Wainui Beach.
Late in the day the second round of the Under 18 Boys Division was completed with heat winners including Callum Chuter (BOP), Riccardo Lucibella (Tara)Isaac Kettle (Tara), Andrew Fraser – Mackenzie (BOP), Joshua Farr (Tara) and Taylor Hutchison (Wai).
With the first surfers being eliminated from the event, the team points started to take shape with Northland currently leading followed by Canterbury and defending champions Bay of Plenty who round out the top three.
Conditions are expected to remain similar for day three of the event tomorrow with a slightly decreasing swell and variable winds.
The Scholastic Champs takes place from Monday 28th September running for five days. Approximately 110 of New Zealand’s top school aged surfers are in attendance at the event with all twelve regions fielding teams.
The twelve regional teams from around the country include Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Canterbury, West Coast and Dunedin/Southland.
The Adam Clegg Trophies for the most improved male and female surfers as determined by peer voting will be handed out at the conclusion of the event.
The National Scholastic Championships has been grouped together with the Primary School Champs which is held the weekend prior and the GromLab Surfer Development Camp.
Please see below for results from day two of the National Scholastic Surfing Championships presented by Eastland Community Trust held at Makorori Beach today (Tuesday 29th September).
1, Northland, 22455
2, Canterbury, 22215
3, Bay of Plenty, 21725
4, Taranaki, 21370
5, Coromandel, 20583
6, Auckland, 20190
7, Gisborne, 19020
8, Otago, 16925
9, Hawkes Bay, 9171
10, West Coast, 6650
11, Waikato, 4500
12, Wellington, 800
Under 18 Boys Requalifying Round 1
Matthew Jensen (Whngrei), 9.2, 1, Kohl Mase (Nrthlnd), 9.17, 2, Sam Pitcher (Coro), 5.7, 3
Jacob Stevenson (Dun), 1, Kobe Johnson (Gis), 8.83, 2, Max Hinton (Hbay), 8.6, 3
Sam Wallace (Otago), 7.77, 1, Henry Hawke (Chch), 7.27, 2, Oscar Gittings (Hbay), 3.73, 3
Under 16 Boys Requalifying Round 1
Atawhai Chateris (Coro), 1, Tim Findlay (WC), 2, Jay Piper - Healion (Coro), N/S
Braedon Louie (Auck), 9.67, 1, James Murphy (Otago), 8.17, 2, Aloyius Richardson - Lane (Wgtn), 3.6, 3, Eli Shaw - Throp (Hbay), 2.6, 4
Under 14 Boys Requalifying Round 1
Oscar Harper (Nrthlnd), 7.83, 1, Luke Baker (Hbay), 2.7, 2, James Southern (Hbay), 2.4, 3
Under 18 Girls Round 1
Dayna Story (Gis), 14.37, 1, Abby Falwasser - Logan (Gis), 11.17, 2, Maaia Reid - Bennett (Mnt), .6.4, 3, Lily Spiers (Coro), 4.23, 4
Britt Kindred (Muri), 7.57, 1, Kea Smith (Mnt), 6.83, 2, Janee Armstrong (Cant), 4.47, 3, Sammy Croker (Coro), 3.73, 4
Under 16 Girls Round 1
Elin Tawharu (Mnt), 10.57, 1, Courtney Salahub (Auck), 6.97, 2, Billie Scott (Whangarei), 5, 3
Zhana Hutchison (Tara), 14.5, 1, Tiana - Breeze de Mooj (Mnt), 9, 2, Shani Ayson (Otago), 6.67, 3, Fritha Davis (Cant), 4.1, 4
Under 14 Girls Round 1
Gabrielle Paul (Piha), 8.5, 1, Stella Smith (Gis), 5.27, 2, Tegan Bishop (Cant), 2.77, 3
Kai Woolf (Gis), 11.83, 1, Tallulah Horsefield (Otago), 1.83, 2, Eve Findlay (WC), 1.67, 3, Toni Power (Mnt), 0.57, 4
Saffi Vette (Gis), 9.27, 1, Grace Pevats (Whngrei), 7.6, 2, Jasmine Comrie (Coro), 0.97, 3
Up to 900 competitors from schools throughout New Zealand will be in the Manawatu and Horowhenua this weekend for the 2015 National Schools Road Cycling Championships.
Hosted by the The New Zealand Schools Cycling Association (NZSCA), The secondary schools racing takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a Team Time Trial, Road Race and Points Race for boys and girls in five age groups ranging from Under 14 to Under 20 years of age.
The championships start on Saturday with the Sir Bernard Fegusson 16km team time trial in Levin, followed by the road race in Hiwinnui south of Feilding and the Individual points race on the Manfeild race track.
The secondary school cyclists are competing in Girls and Boys U16 (intermediate) and Girls and Boys U20 (senior) categories, as well as intermediate school (Years 7 and 8) championships.
In the team trial on the opening day, teams of four (with three to finish) are competing in the Girls U16 Summers Cup and the U16 Boys Paul Matthews Cup and teams of five (with four to finish) are competing for the U20 Girls Murray Watts Trophy and U20 Boys Sir Bernard Fegusson Trophy.
Sunday’s road races see U13, U14 and U15 boys and girls compete in one lap of the 18km course, while the U16 and U17 boys and girls and U20 girls will ride two laps and the U20 boys three laps of the course. The U20 boys road race is expected to take approximately 55 minutes.
Numerous cups and trophies are on the line in this weekend’s National Schools Road Cycling Championships.
In overall classification, champion overall boys and girls secondary schools will be crowned based on overall points. The A.J Drake Cup is on the line for the top overall girls school and the H.A Joli Cup for the boys.
Both are have been won for the past three years by the same schools, with Auckland’s Baradene College (girls) and local contenders Palmerston North Boys’ High School both going for four-peats this year.
Baradene College and Palmerston North Boys’ High School both had a number of cyclists in good form at the recent North Island Cycling Championships.
The top junior boys and girls Schools (Years 7 and 8) will be competing for the Chris Ginders Cup and the Marie Laycock Cup.
History of the event:
· The HA Joli Cup for Team Time Trial reserves was introduced in 1971.This was withdrawn in 2009 and is now used a trophy for the top school competition.
· In 1979 a points race was introduced, and is still held on the Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding.
· In 1986 a girl’s grade was introduced
· Due to increasing numbers an Under 15 grade for the team time trial was introduced in 1993.
· 1999 introduction of the Road Races.
· 2000 introduction of racing for year 7 and 8 pupils.
Dylan Murcott appears to be a timid boy.
The Year 10 at Otago Boys’ High School is softly spoken and shy.
He is hardly built like a Sherman tank either, but he is one of the toughest Judo fighters in the South Island.
At the South Island championships in Christchurch he won two gold medals, one in his weight category and one in the open weight category for 11-14 year old’s.
Murcott hasn’t been defeated since June 2014, that’s more than twenty fights ago.
“I got into Judo five years ago. I was being bullied at school and my Dad was concerned so he got me enrolled in a karate class, ” Murcott explains.
“I didn’t enjoy karate so we tried Tawikendo. I didn’t like that either so we finally settled on Judo.”
Murcott belongs to the Renshuden club. He trains six days a week while also playing competitive volleyball and hockey.
Murcott’s early forays in competitive Judo were disastrous.
“I lost my first competitive fight in front of 200 people in Christchurch. I was so upset and embarrassed I withdrew myself from the whole competition,” Murcott recalls.
Murcott gradually grew in stature. He won two bronze medals at South Island championships in the junior category.
Each event typically consists of five fights, three in the round robin, a semi-final and a final.
At this year’s South Island championships Murcott won four fights in a row to reach the open final against clubmate and long-time rival Martin Dridder.
“It’s always a tough match against Martin. We are really even. He has beaten me and I have beaten him."
In the first week of term four Murcott will compete at the National Championships in Tauranga. Up to 50 fighters will compete. Last year didn’t go well for Murcott.
“I got stage fright and didn’t perform. I have to be more confident this year. If I am, I should do well,” Murcott concludes.
Did You Know?
Moira de Villier attended the Olympics in Judo for New Zealand in London in 2012.
In the Canterbury Open judo competition in Christchurch he came away with three gold’s. one was uncontested as no one was in his weight grade, He had to go up a weight grade where he fought a heavier boy in a best out of three, Dylan won 2 -1 and gained gold.
Dylan has battled constant injures. He has ripped ligaments in knees and shoulder and broken a wrist.
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