Over the past month College Sport Media has run its annual Champion of Champions series where we give you the chance to vote for your favourite athletics in various codes, celebrating the outstanding athletic feats of our best young sportsmen and women.
Thanks to the 13,966 people who voted. Here are the 2016 winners.
Girls Rugby - Rina Paraone (Kaipara College)
Boys Rugby - Brayden Iose (Palmerston North BHS)
Hockey - Gus Wakeling (Wairarapa College) & Bella Greig (Iona College)
Netball - Renee Savaiinaea (St Mary’s College)
Football - Paige Satchell (Orewa College)
Girls Other - Amelia Kerr (Tawa College)
Boys Other - Campbell Stewart (Palmerston North BHS)
Basketball - Callum McRae (Palmerston North BHS)
Boys Team Of The Year - Mount Albert Grammar School First XV
Girls Team Of The Year - Southland Girls HS First XV
College Sport Auckland have capped off a great year in Auckland youth sport by recognising the top youth athletes across all major codes in the region. Congratulations to all those recognised for those achievements and to those that support youth in sport at all levels!
Service to Secondary School Sport - Christine Maud - Westlake Girls High School
Service to Secondary School Sport - Innes Kerr-Taylor - Kaipara College
Service to Secondary School Sport - Pauline Farra - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Service to Secondary School Sport - Rick Faulding - Saint Kentigern College
Student Coach of the Year - Bronte Croad - Macleans College
International Achievement - Clementine Hutchison - Diocesan School for Girls
International Achievement - Hannah Metzger - Epsom Girls Grammar School
International Achievement - Paige Satchell - Orewa College
All Rounder - Boys - Jonathan Ansley - Sacred Heart College
All Rounder - Girls - Caitlin Pritchard - Mt Albert Grammar School
Athlete with a Disability - Tupou Neiufi - Otahuhu College
Athletics - Boys - Oliver Miller - St Peter’s College
Athletics - Girls - Alex Hyland - Onehunga High School
Badminton - Boys - Oscar Guo - Westlake Boys High School
Badminton - Girls - Sally Fu - Macleans College
Basketball - Boys - Samuel Waardenburg - Rangitoto College
Basketball - Girls - Tiarna Clarke - Westlake Girls High School
Cricket - Boys - Sandeep Patel - Saint Kentigern College
Cricket - Girls - Bella Armstrong - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Cycling – Boys - Connor Brown - Saint Kentigern College
Cycling - Girls - Madeleine Park - Saint Kentigern College
Distance Running - Boys - Daniel Hoy - Westlake Boys High School
Distance Running - Girls - Katherine Badham - Takapuna Grammar School
Equestrian - Girls - Bronte Sewell - Diocesan School for Girls
Football - Boys - Lucas Imrie - Sacred Heart College
Football – Girls - Jacqueline Hand - Mt Albert Grammar School
Golf - Boys - Kevin Koong - Massey High School
Golf - Girls - Siyi Keh - Botany Downs Secondary College
Gymsports - Boys - Cameron Johnson - Pukekohe High School
Gymsports - Girls - Grace Schroder - ACG Strathallan College
Hockey - Boys - Dylan Stevenson - Rangitoto College
Hockey - Girls - Kayla Reed - Rangitoto College
Lacrosse - Girls - Harriette Overend - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Mountain Biking - Boys - James Kirkham - Mt Albert Grammar School
Mountain Biking - Girls - Jessica Manchester - Howick College
Netball - Girls - Mererangi Paul - Saint Kentigern College
Orienteering - Boys - Max Griffiths - Takapuna Grammar School
Orienteering - Girls - Heidi Stolberger - Avondale College
Rowing - Boys - Oliver Maclean - Kings College
Rowing - Girls - Ella Simanu - Diocesan School for Girls
Rugby League – Boys - Zae Wallace - Westlake Boys High School
Rugby Union - Boys - Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa - Mt Albert Grammar School
Rugby Union - Girls - Rina Paraone - Kaipara College
Softball - Boys - Jordan Tahana - Mt Roskill Grammar School
Softball - Girls - Essence Jo Rogers - Alfriston College
Squash - Boys - Matthew Lucente - Westlake Boys High School
Squash - Girls - Lauren Crowhurst - Long Bay College
Swimming - Boys - Jason Churches - Westlake Boys High School
Swimming - Girls - Gabrielle Fa'amausili - Avondale College
Table Tennis - Boys - Dean Shu - Auckland Grammar School
Table Tennis - Girls - Ruofei Rao - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Tennis - Boys - Macsen Sisam - Kristin School
Tennis – Girls - Lauren Alter - Westlake Girls High School
Touch - Boys - Moses Puru - Kings College
Touch - Girls - Mererangi Paul - Saint Kentigern College
Triathlon - Boys - Daniel Hoy - Westlake Boys High School
Triathlon - Girls - Katherine Badham - Takapuna Grammar School
Underwater Hockey - Boys - Angus Scahill - Mt Albert Grammar School
Underwater Hockey - Girls - Charlotte Borich - Diocesan School for Girls
Volleyball - Boys - Ashton Howard - Westlake Boys High School
Volleyball - Girls - Ellena Taiseni - Auckland Girls Grammar School
Waka Ama - Girls - Koha-Alofa Vitolio - McAuley High School
Water Polo - Boys - Dominic Rankin-Chitar - Saint Kentigern College
Water Polo - Girls - Antonia Young - St Cuthbert’s College
Wrestling - Boys - Matthew Oxenham - Rutherford College
Yachting - Boys - Jackson Keon - Kristin School
Yachting - Girls - Kerensa Jennings -
Young Sportsman of the Year 2016
Westlake Boys High School - Triathlon
Young Sportswoman of the Year 2016
Diocesan School for Girls - Rowing
Ellesse Andrews (St Peter’s, Cambridge) - Year 12 track and road cyclist Ellesse Andrews had a terrific year in 2016. In July she travelled to Switzerland with the New Zealand team at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships and came away with a bronze medal in the 2000m individual pursuit and a gold medal in the women's team sprint with older teammate Emma Cumming. She also set personal bests in the 2000m individual pursuit and also in the 500m time trial [finishing fifth]. Returning to New Zealand, Ellesse joined her St Peter’s School teammates at the NZSS Road Cycling Championships and struck both individual and team success. She won the U20 Girls Road Race and the U20 Girls Points Race. The St Peter’s U20 girls team won the team time trial and they finished third in the team points race.
Gabrielle Fa’amausili (Avondale College) - 2015 World Junior 50m backstroke champion Gabrielle had another strong year in the pool. In April, she led the way with six golds from six swims at the NZ Age Group Swimming Championships and qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships held in Hawaii in August. In Hawaii, she had to wait until the last session of the four-day meet to secure the first medal for New Zealand, in the 50m freestyle. Other full strength swim teams from USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, the Pacific and other non-European nations competed at the Pan Pacs, for swimmers between 13 to 18 years. In early October, she was in top form at the National Short Course Championships, defending her women’s 50m freestyle title in a personal best 24.85s, which was just 3/100ths of a second off the qualifying standard for the World Short Course Swimming Championships.
Amelia Kerr (Tawa College) - Sixteen year old Amelia Kerr was recently part of the New Zealand Women’s White Ferns cricket squad that beat Pakistan 6-0 in a ODI/T20I series. Selection was terrific reward for Kerr who was picked as a leg-spinner, but who is also a promising batter and a lightning fielder as well. Earlier this year she became the first person to score more than one T20 century on the famous Basin Reserve in Wellington, her 108 off 79 balls propelling two-time defending champions Tawa College into the National Girls Secondary School tournament next month. Last summer, Amelia also played a leading role in the Wellington Blaze team and was selected for the New Zealand A team. She won this year's Wellington Secondary School Girls Sportsperson of the Year award.
Jessica Manchester (Howick College) - While Ellesse Andrews (above) was raising the bar on the track and on the road, Jessica Manchester enjoyed a stellar mountain biking year. Not only has she been busy, competing in approximately 30 races around the country, she’s racked up an impressive resume of wins, including a string of victories in U19s and U20 races. Winning the Auckland and North Island secondary schools races, she also won the New Zealand and Oceania Cross Country U19 titles. She won the NZ cross country title in Wanaka for the fourth year in a row and beat all the U23 riders in the field as well in winning the Oceania U19 race in Queenstown, following in the footsteps of her older sister Jemma. This year’s Howick College Sports Person of the Year Jessica is already mixing it in the senior ranks, recently winning the Auckland cross country championships.
Hannah O’Connor (Sacred Heart College, New Plymouth) - In May, Hannah O’Connor finished a highly credible sixth at the World Schools' Championship Cross-Country in Budapest, Hungary, in a field of 100 international competitors. She returned home to blitz the Intermediate field by almost two minutes at the Taranaki cross country championships. In June she won the NZ Intermediate girls race by 25 seconds at the NZSS Cross Country championships in Rotorua. Prior to that, in January she won the NZ Junior 3000m. In March she broke a 20-year-old record in the 3000m by 23 seconds at the NI track and field championships. She did all of the above aged 15. Also a nationally ranked junior surf lifesaver.
Lucy Sheat (Marlborough Girls’ College) - The year 12 sprinter was this year’s Tasman secondary schools Sportswoman of the Year. She took out the 200m at the 2015 NZSS Athletics Championships last December, and then won the same event at the Nationals, breaking U17, U18 and U19 records in the process. She ran 24.58 in the 200m final to smash the old record of 25.04, while her 400m time of 56.07 eclipsed the previous record held former three time national U19 title holder Katie Johnstone. She completed the treble with victory in the 100m with a time of 12.17. At the South Island schools championships she set new records in the 200m and 400m. She represented New Zealand at the IAAF world under-20 track and field champs in Poland, competing in the 100m and relay.
Veronica Wall (Ashburton College) - In April Veronica Wall created Maadi Cup rowing history by securing an unprecedented hat-trick of single sculls titles as well as a fourth title in the U18 coxed quad final. The super-talented 15-year-old sculler cruised to victory in the U16 and U17 single sculls finals by a combined winning margin of more than 30 seconds. The next day she faced a much tougher quest to land the U18 crown, however she proved equal to it to create her own slice of history. Brylie Gordon (Hauraki Plains) made a brave bid for victory and held a half-a-length lead at the 1000m from Wall. Nonetheless, the eventual gold medallist made her winning push in the third quarter of the race to break the field and secure gold in 8:00.88.
Nominees for the Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year Awards will feature a number of school athletes in the junior categories, it has been revealed this week.
Held on Friday night, the annual event has 21 junior sportsmen, 16 junior sportswomen and 10 teams in the junior sports team categories. Each year many nominees are selected by their sporting organisations before the nominees are announced.
The entire evening recognises outstanding performance and service to sport by people in the Taranaki region between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.
The three junior categories are just a few of many in the event including game official of the year, coach of the year, volunteer of the year, master’s sportsperson of the year, senior sportswoman of the year, senior sportsman of the year and senior team of the year. All the winners of those categories will then be into win the overall sportsperson of the year for 2016.
The junior sportswomen categories feature many prominent athletes from a wide variety of sports including notables like Hannah O’Connor (athletics, cross country and surf lifesaving), Louise Waite (tennis), McKenzie Barry (football), Isabella Cook (basketball) and Libby Houghton (indoor and beach volleyball). These current school girls will be up against the likes of recent school leavers Olivia Eaton (surf lifesaving/athletics) and Zoe Hobbs (surf lifesaving/athletics) who have been favourites to win the category in recent years.
The junior sportsman category is filled with 21 promising young athletes with the judges having a hard role to pick a winner. Kaylum Boshier (rugby), Bradley Slater (rugby), Thane O’Leary (basketball), Matthew O’Connell (basketball), Felix Webby (croquet) and Aiden Zittersteijn (indoor bowls) are just a few of the nominees.
Finally, in the junior team of the year, the nominees feature a number of teams who have competed well on the national stage out of Taranaki high schools. Central 1st XV (Stratford High School 1st XV), New Plymouth Girls High School football team, Opunake High School Girls basketball team, Girls High A junior volleyball team, Jenna Barrett and Aimee Daniels, Girls High volleyball team, Girls High sailing team, New Plymouth Boys High School First V basketball team, Boys High cross country team and the Taranaki Scholastics surfing team are the ten teams running for the event.
The guest speaker at the event is former Spotswood College student, former Breakers player and currently Breakers CEO Dillon Boucher. Boucher joins many notable speakers who have attended the event including Olympic gold medal winner Sarah Ulmer and Warriors CEO Jim Doyle.
All Junior nominees
Junior Sports Team
Kaylum Boshier (Rugby)
MacKenzie Barry (Football)
Central Rugby U19 team (Stratford 1st XV)
Niall Clancy (Athletics/Rugby)
Lee Boon (Road Cycling)
NPGHS Football team
Daniel Farr (Surfing)
Isabella Cook (Basketball)
Opunake High School Girls Basketball team
Jonathan Fidow (Rugby League)
Maya Dickson (Indoor and Beach Volleyball)
Jenna Barrett and Aimee Daniels (Surf Lifesaving)
Bodine Dowman-Gehlhaar (BMX/Rugby)
Olivia Eaton (Athletics/Surf Lifesaving)
NPGHS A Junior Volleyball team
Joshua Gilbert (Swimming)
Zoe Hobbs (Athletics/Surf Lifesaving)
NPGHS Beach Volleyball team
Emerson Gray (Rugby League)
Libby Houghton (Beach and Indoor Volleyball)
NPGHS Sailing team
Jesse Mahony (Equestrian)
Joellen How (Basketball)
NPBHS First V Basketball team
Elliot Lundon-Moore (Swimming)
Claudia Hurley (Equestrian)
NPBHS Cross Country team
Matthew O’Connell (Basketball)
Tilly James (Football)
Taranaki Scholastics Surfing team
Thane O’Leary (Basketball)
Isabella Kelly (Cross Country/Adventure Racing/Surf Lifesaving
Stephen Perofeta (Rugby)
Caitlin O’Connell (Basketball)
Ajeet Rai (Tennis)
Hannah O’Conner (Athletics/Cross Country/Surf Lifesaving)
Zac Reid (Surf Lifesaving/Swimming)
Bayley Ransfield (Basketball)
Bradley Slater (Rugby)
Ella Toa (Rowing)
Tom Spencer (Orienteering/Rogaining/Adventure Racing/Mountain Trail Running)
Louise Waite (Tennis)
Cameron Trethway (Basketball)
Morgan Trott (Basketball)
Fleix Webby (Croquet)
Angus White (Distance Running/Cross Country/Track
Aidan Zittersteijn (Indoor Bowls)
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Scott Gregory (Whangarei BHS) - At the National Athletics Championships in March, Gregory won six medals, including four gold medals in throwing events. The Year 13 at Whangarei Boys’ High School swept the under-18 discus, shot put and hammer and also won the under-20 hammer and collected silver in the discus and bronze in the shot put. Gregory holds four National Secondary Schools titles and in the winter made the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team.
Daniel Hillier (Aotea College) - At the start of September Hillier defended his New Zealand under-19 men's golf title with a blistering final round of five-under 66 at Nelson Golf Club, a year after winning it for the first time at Shandon in Lower Hutt near his home. Hillier was also the top amateur at the New Zealand Open in March. Later that month he finished a credible 15th at his debut in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (APAC) in South Korea, before missing out on defending the NZ Amateur title he won last year after qualifying 6th of 32 for the match play knockout rounds. The back-to-back College Sport Wellington Sportsman of the Year competed in the Australian Open last weekend, shooting 70 and 76 and just missing the cut. He qualified for that by winning the Australian boys' amateur in Tasmania in April by six shots.
Daniel Hoy (Westlake BHS) - In September Daniel Hoy finished fourth in the junior men’s race at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico. In heat and humidity, Hoy missed a medal by just three seconds in a bold display that had him leading the 70-strong field out to the 5km run leg - all the more impressive given he has another year in this division up his sleeve. Back home in 2016, Hoy won the NZSS Triathlon title in April and he won the NZSS cross country championships in July, finishing 11 seconds clear of second placed Angus White of New Plymouth BHS.
Isaiah Priddey (Hamilton BHS) - Priddey has been one of New Zealand's leading age group talents for a few years and he grew in stature in 2016. At the National Track and Field Championships in Dunedin, Priddey won the U18 3000m and was second in the under-18 1500m. In the 3000m, his personal best is now 8 min 34 sec, and in the 1500m, he has come down from 4 min 9 sec to 3 min 52 sec. Priddey is also the New Zealand and Oceania U18 Cross Country Championship and represented the New Zealand Cross Country team at the World Secondary Schools' Championships in Hungary.
Campbell Stewart (Palmerston North BHS) - The 2015 Manawatu Secondary Schools Sportsman of the Year became the first Kiwi cyclist since Olympian Sam Webster in 2009 to win three gold medals at the World Junior track cycling championships in Switzerland. On the junior world stage in 2016 he retained his omnium title, twice losing the lead before regrouping. He added the team pursuit and scratch race crowns to his burgeoning medal collection.
Kokai Togoiu (Southern Cross Campus) - Southern Cross upset powerhouses St. Paul's College and Kelston BHS to win the National rugby league title for the first time in 2016. Togoui was named Player of the Tournament and he scored a pivotal try in the final. The second rower impressed with his work rate, aggression and skill. Togoui also played First XV rugby and is an accomplished AFL player.
Rafa Yam (Westlake BHS) - The North Island U17 champion was the captain of the all-conquering Westlake Boys' High School squash team who won both the Auckland and National titles without dropping a single set. Westlake has won 11 National Squash titles and Yam, ranked in the top five for his age group nationally, has ensured Westlake's excellent history has continued into the present.
Jonathan Ansley (Sacred Heart College) - Jonathan Ansley is the only boy nominated for all-rounder of the year at the College Sport Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. The Sacred Heart sportsman of the year is a National champion in three sports and represented his school at the World Secondary School Cross Country Championships in Budapest, finishing second, a best ever result by a Kiwi team. Ansley is noted for his fast finishing. He holds the school intermediate 800m record with a time of 1.56:63s and is the National Club U18 champion. He was a member of the six-man Sacred Heart team that won the National Secondary Schools title and in the winter is a versatile footballer who helped Sacred Heart win their third National title in four years.
What if we had a Halberg award for the best College sports team during the year. Who would win?
Normally in school sport it is relatively easy to find the top team within a code, but can you pick who has achieved more, when comparing codes?
Mount Albert Grammar School Girls First XI Football - The MAGS First XI Football side became the first team to win four consecutive NZSS Championships, defeating St Peter’s Cambridge 6-0 in the final in early September. This season was also the third in succession that they had also won the Auckland League and the Auckland Knockout Cup, making it a particularly special year for the nine Year 13 players in the group. Six of the team were subsequently selected for the NZ U17 team that competed at the FIFA U17 World Cup in October - Nicole Mettam, Alosi Bloomfield, Malia Steinmetz, Grace Jale, Jacqui Hand and Samantha Tawharu.
Saint Kentigern College Girls Netball - After near misses in previous years, Saint Kentigern College broke through to win this year’s NZSS Netball Championships. Leading player Sydney Fraser was injured and missed the tournament, while NZSS teammate Mererangi Paul missed the last two games with injury, but several youthful players collectively excelled throughout the week. St Kent’s beat Manukura 38-33 in their semi-final and four-time defending champions MAGS 35-34 in an epic final, their third win over their keen rivals in four games this year including the Auckland Secondary Schools title. Paul, Ashleigh Garner, Tori Kolose and Tayla Earle all made the tournament team.
Villa Maria First XI Hockey - A Jessie Anderson goal in extra time gave Christchurch's Villa Maria College their first national secondary schools title. Villa Maria beat Auckland's St Cuthbert's College 2-1 in the final, with Anderson's winner coming in the second period of golden goal extra-time. Earlier, leading goal-scorer Maddie Wotton gave Villa Maria a 1-0 lead in the first half, before St Cuthbert's equalised. The win also gave Villa Maria the Pat Barwick Shield, which St Cuthbert's won off Villa Maria in their third and fourth playoff match a year ago. Villa Maria only lost one game all season and beat St Margaret's College in the Christchurch schools premier league final this season.
St. Peter's Cambridge Girls Basketball - The most dominant team in girls basketball won the Zone 2, Waikato and National titles in 2016. At the Nationals no team finished inside 15 points of St. Peter's and Year 10 Charlisse Leger-Walker was named tournament MVP suggesting St. Peter's will be a powerhouse for some time to come. St Peter’s beat Westlake Girls’ High School 79-76 in their semi-final and then beat Mount Albert Grammar School 68-53 in the final.
Southland Girls’ High School Rugby First XV - Heading into this year’s National Top 4 final series, Southland GHS had reached the Top 4 in each of the past four seasons. Thus their maiden win on their fifth attempt in Palmerston North in early September was made sweeter for a dedicated group of long-term players, team staff and supporters. After beating South Otago High School 86-0 in the Highlanders final, they beat Motueka High School 57-18 to annex the South Island title. At the Top 4 they beat Kaipara College 43-24 and then laid on a withering early burst of four unanswered tries in beating St Mary’s College 46-29 in the final. With a group of young players coming through, they should stay strong in girls rugby.
Diocesan School for Girls Swim Team - Diocesan School for Girls won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Champions for the first time in September. Dio won their maiden NZSS Swimming Championships in Wellington ahead of neighbours and keen rivals St Cuthbert’s College and three-time defending champions Napier Girls’ High School. They won with 1,839 points, just ahead of St Cuthbert’s on 1770.5 and with Napier GHS on 1,433. Individual swimmers in the team to stand out included team captain Annabelle Paterson, Alice Waldow and Gina Galloway, while Dio also competed strongly at the national water polo and underwater hockey tournaments this year.
Tawa College Girls First XI Cricket – Last December Tawa College successfully defended their National Secondary School Girls Cricket title in Palmerston North. Tawa won their fifth consecutive match of the Twenty20 tournament on the final day, beating Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, and convincingly taking home the spoils. Tawa had beaten tournament runners-up St Hilda’s Collegiate by 52 runs when they had met on the opening day. All-rounder Amelia Kerr was the Player of the Tournament, scoring 178 runs, and she recently made her full New Zealand debut. Tawa College will be gunning for a three-peat of titles next month.
What if we had a Halberg award for the best College sports team during the year. Who would win?
Normally in school sport it is relatively easy to find the top team within a code, but can you pick who has achieved more, when comparing codes?
Sacred Heart First XI Boys Football - Won the National title for the third time in four years, defeating Saint Kentigern College on penalties in the final. A dramatic save by Henry Evans earned Sacred Heart College the spoils after they rallied from a goal down in regulation time. Sacred Heart didn't concede a goal on their way to the final. Sacred Heart also won the Auckland title for a third straight year, dropping only a single game and preserving a clean sheet in seven out of 14 games.
St. Paul's Collegiate First XI Boys Hockey - The balance of power has shifted in Waikato hockey. Hamilton BHS were Rankin Cup champions in 2013 and 2014, but St. Paul's changed the pecking order amongst the Waikato schools in 2016 with an outstanding season. St. Paul's won the Pitu Shield, Midlands intercity competition and Matt Allen trophy en route to the Rankin Cup final where they scored a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Wairarapa College in the decider. St. Paul's scored 42 goals in seven games at the Rankin Cup.
Mount Albert Grammar School First XV Boys Rugby - Mount Albert Grammar School won the National Top Four for the third time edging, the previously unbeaten Hastings Boys’ High School 14-13 in the final. MAGS won 18 out of 19 games in 2016, capturing their 23rd Auckland title and scoring a Top Four record 41-0 victory over South Island Champions Southland BHS in the semi-finals. MAGS scored a four try bonus point in 9 out of 11 1A round robin games this season.
Rangitoto College Boys Basketball - Successfully defended their National title in a thriller against Palmerston North BHS. Down by a point with only a handful of seconds left Cameron Stone hit a 30-foot three-pointer to win the game in the most dramatic fashion. Rangitoto had led the final by 25 points at halftime, but were nearly stunned by a rousing comeback. Rangitoto stumbled to Rosmini College in the Auckland final, but beat Rosmini at Nationals and also captured the Zone 1 title thrashing Auckland GS by more than 20 points in the decider.
Christ's College Boys Rowing Eight - Christ’s College ended Hamilton Boys’ High School’s three year grip on the Maadi Cup with a narrow victory at Lake Twizel. It was the first time since 2012 Christ's had won the Maadi Cup and ended a run of second place finishes. Cameron Smith, Rowan Taylor, Oscar Acland and Angus Gray were also members of the four's crew which captured the Springbok Shield.
Rangitoto College Boys Water Polo – Rangitoto College won their fourth National title after rallying from 6-4 down in the last quarter to beat Saint Kentigern College. Rangitoto didn't win the fiercely competitive and unpredictable Auckland competition, but three goals by Jack Brotherton in the National final and superior composure when it really counted was telling.
College Sport Wellington held its secondary school awards on Sunday night at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.
Congratulations to all the winners, listed below:
Boys Sportsperson of the Year: Daniel Hillier (Aotea College) – Golf
Girls Sportsperson of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Tawa College) – Cricket
Boys All-rounder of the Year: Jackson Rich (Hutt International Boys’ School) – Skiing, hockey, underwater hockey, rugby, sailing, athletics
Girls All-rounder of the Year: Danielle Watson (Tawa College) – Canoeing, cricket, hockey, indoor cricket
Boys Team of the Year: Hutt International Boys’ School First XI cricket team
Girls Team of the Year: Tawa College First XI cricket team
Boys team Coach of the Year: Mark Borthwick (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Girls team Coach of the Year: Gail Donaldson (Queen Margaret College)
Boys Team Student Coach of the Year: Kieran Scarrett (Paraparaumu College)
Girls Team Student Coach of the Year: Lara Molloy (Wellington Girls’ College)
Volunteer of the Year Awards: Graham Phillips (Tawa College) and Jocelyn Reddy (Wainuiomata High School)
Service to School Sport Awards: Finn Fairbrother (Tawa College) and Madison Gillies (Chilton Saint James School)
Individual Code Awards
Athlete with A Disability of the Year : Amber Maraea Crawford Lamb Platt (Hutt Valley High School) and Benjamin Ellis (St Patrick’s College, Wellington)
Athletes of the Year: Imogen Skelton (Samuel Marsden Collegiate) and Nicholas Smith (Hutt Valley High School)
Badminton Players of the Year: Crissalina Sak (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Lik De Chun (Hutt Valley High School)
Basketball Players of the Year: Sariah Penese (St Mary’s College) and Taane Samuel (Scots College)
Bowls Players of the Year: Amber Down (Onslow College) and Seamus Curtin (Aotea College)
Canoe Racer of the Year: Danielle Watson (Tawa College)
Cricket Players of the Year: Melie Kerr (Tawa College) and Rachin Ravindra (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Cross Country/ Road Runners of the Year: Tessa Hunt (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Stefan Przychodzko (Paraparaumu College)
Cyclists of the Year: Grace Saywell (Paraparaumu College) and George Jackson (Rongotai College)
Diver of the Year: Yu Quin Goh (St Catherine’s College)
Floorball Players of the Year: Georgia Kibblewhite (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Matthew Bertschinger (Scots College)
Football Players of the Year: Emma Main (St Oran’s College) and Joe Bell (Scots College)
Futsal Players of the Year: Chelsea Empson (Wellington Girls’ College) and Fraser Norrington (Rongotai College)
Golf Player of the Year: Daniel Hillier (Aotea College)
Handball Players of the Year: Bridget Ireland (St Mary’s College) and Adam Bradley (Scots College)
Hockey Players of the Year: Shannon English (St Oran’s College) and Lachlan Paton (Scots College)
Judo Players of the Year: Qona Christie (Wellington High School) and Alex Rivett (Onslow College)
Multisport Athletes of the Year: Bayley-Rose Van De Coolwijk (St Mary’s College) and Henry Gautrey (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Netball Player of the Year: Tiana Metuarau (Wellington East Girls’ College)
Orienteers of the Year: Lara Molloy (Wellington Girls’ College) and Stefan Przychodzko (Paraparaumu College)
Rowers of the Year: Lucy Bird (Hutt Valley High School) and Daniel Ward (St Patrick’s College, Wellington)
Rugby League Player of the Year: Tyler Smith (Tawa College)
Rugby Union Players of the Year: Brooke Tauaneai (Wainuiomata High School) and Xavier Numia (St Patrick’s College, Wellington)
Shooters of the Year: Summer O’Dwyer (Samuel Marsden Collegiate) and Aaron Phillips (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream)
Skier of the Year: Jackson Rich (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Softball Players of the Year: Marama Makea (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Tobias Makisi (Rongotai College)
Squash Players of the Year: Charlotte Galloway (Hutt Valley High School) and Kobe Fleming (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Lewis Clareburt (Scots College)
Swimmers of the Year: Chelsey Edwards (Chilton Saint James School) and Lewis Clareburt (Scots College)
Table Tennis Players of the Year: Hui Ling Vong (Onslow College) and Frank Fu (Wellington College)
Tennis Players of the Year: Tamara Anderson (Onslow College) and George Stoupe (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Touch Players of the Year: Milly Mackey (Newlands College) and Joshua Quinn (Kapiti College)
Ultimate Frisbee Players of the Year: Hannah Taylor (Hutt Valley High School) and Isaac Anderson (Wellington College)
Underwater Hockey Players of the Year: Anastasia Burn (Wellington Girls’ College) and Cameron Manuel-Arnold (Wellington College)
Volleyball Players of the Year: Rangi Bradley Moore (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Lawrence Webster (Wellington High School)
Waka Ama Athletes of the Year: Eden Te Paa Tawa College and Jerry Henry-Finch (Tawa College)
Water Polo Players of the Year: Evie Mills (Wellington East Girls’ College) and Joshua De Reeper (St Patrick’s College, Wellington)
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