Table tennis players Hui Ling Vong (Onslow College, Wellington) and Nathan Xu (Saint Kentigern College, Auckland) have been selected in the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The pair have been selected after both winning their respective divisions at the 2017 ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Oceania Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament. Both won major awards at the respective College Sport Auckland and Wellington end of year awards recently.
Having turned 14 in November, Nathan Xu is likely to be one of the youngest competitors at the Buenos Aires 2018.
The Aucklander began playing table tennis at just four years old and, despite his age, is currently the third ranked men’s player in New Zealand.
“Seeing the ball fly over the net to win a game after countless hours of practising and trying to master that shot is simply the best feeling ever,” said Nathan.
“Table tennis is a really complex sport which requires the player to constantly adapt. The way every shot is different and the fact that you have to react to those changes swiftly is what makes table tennis beautiful.”
He will come up against the best youth players in the world at the Youth Olympic Games.
“I’d like to use this once in a lifetime opportunity to gain experience and knowledge and to improve as an athlete.”
17 year old Hui Ling Vong says the sense of competition is what drives her to perform.
“The excitement, the pressure and the feeling of hard earned success is great, that’s what makes me love table tennis,” she said.
“I’d like to bring more recognition to the sport within New Zealand. I hope more people, especially youngsters, will get into the game and enjoy it and learn as much as I have.”
NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to the pair.
“These athletes are excelling in their field at a very young age. They've worked hard to be selected and will gain an immense amount of experience from the Youth Olympic Games."
Table Tennis New Zealand Executive Director John Lea says Hui Ling and Nathan are extremely dedicated athletes.
“Nathan’s biggest assets are his speed and a keen willingness to learn. He is ambitious and is undaunted in meeting challenges against more experienced players, helping him to gather experience at a rate that belies his age,” he said.
“Hui-Ling has shown a great ability to learn and grow from the experiences she has been presented with. She prepares diligently for the big occasions, with results that demonstrate a rapidly improving ability.”
John Lea believes the Youth Olympic Games will be hugely beneficial to the pair.
“This is the opportunity for both players to prove to themselves and their supporters that they deserve to be playing on the international stage while they gain the quality table time that is needed to become a world-class player.”
The duo will compete in the individual events and will also compete as a doubles pair in the International Team Event.
The reserve athletes (non travelling) for the event are Yang Lun Zhao (men’s division) and Jiayi Zhou (women's division).
The Youth Olympic Games run from 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The athletes for the 2018 AFL New Zealand Academy have been announced by National Youth and Talent Identification Manager Mick Coultard. Academy athletes will participate in skill development, athletic testing and measurement, game play and personal development over an 8 week period.
AFL New Zealand Youth Girls
Name - Region - School
Abby Verrenkarp - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Abigail Cotton - Auckland - Kingsway School
Archie-Leigh Russell - Auckland - Howick College
Brianna Groube - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Buell Verkade - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Caitlin Hannah - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Ceyan Tungane Drollet - Auckland - Howick College
Chelsea Young - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Emma Collins - Auckland - Massey High School
Jaimee Wyatt - Auckland -Westlake Girls High School
Janie Rose - Auckland - Ruhterford College
Jasmine Paki - Auckland - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Killarney Morey - Auckland - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Kylie McGahan - Auckland - Westlake Girls High School
Maia Sciarone - Auckland - Westlake Girls
O'Shea Macmillan - Northland - Whangarei Girls High School
Samantha Shrimpton - Auckland - Birkenhead College
Sydney Gill - Wellington - Onslow College
Valentina Serrano - Auckland - Baradene College
AFL New Zealand Youth Boys
Name - Region - School
Aaron McCrum - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
AC Reinecke - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Aidan Christians - Wellington - Scots College
AJ Abdelaal - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Alexander Kempt - Wellington - St Pats Silver Stream
Angus Hammett - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Angus Leckie - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Bailee Laurenson - Wellington - Wellington College
Ben Roff - Wellington - Scots College
Beren Goodwin - Wellington - Raphael House
Blake Williamson - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Bom Verkade - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Bradley Moloney - Auckland - Rosehill College
Braithan Anderson - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Braydon Dragicevich - Auckland - Rosehill College
Brodie Richardson - Auckland - Stonefields
Bronson Kake - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Caleb MacPherson - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Cameron Kerr - Wellington - Palmerston North Boys High School
Campbell Cleall - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Christian Collins - Auckland - Marcellin College
Connor Diack - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Connor Hotton - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Conrad Pender - Wellington - Scots College
Devin Pullyblank - Canterbury - Shirley Boys High School
Douglas McJorrow - Wellington - Scots College
Dylan Hook - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Elliott Prendergast - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Ethan Halton - Auckland - Rosehill College
Felix Clark - Auckland - Western Springs College
Finn Moffat - Canterbury - St Bedes College
George Hopkins - Wellington - Wellington College
George Methven - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Hari Below - Wellington - Heretaunga College
Harry Smith - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Henry Grant - Auckland - Northcote College
Isaac Hilliam - Wellington - Tawa College
Jack Abraham - Auckland - Whangaparaoa college
Jack Heijn - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Jack Lay - Wellington - Kapiti
Jack Mead - Auckland - Onewhero Area School
Jacob Lee - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Jacob Nyman - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Jacob Wright - Canterbury - St Bedes College
James Scott - Auckland - Northcote College
Jayden Mcintyre - Canterbury - Rolleston College
Jaydn Robson - Wellington - Aotea college
Jaymee Wooddin - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Jevaan Croft - Auckland - Alfriston College
Joe Andrews - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Joel Hetherington - Auckland - Kingsway Senior Campus
Jonah Christians - Wellington - Scots College
Jonathan Anderson - Wellington - Karori Normal
Joseph Cole - Wellington - Aotea College
Joseph lui - Auckland - Manurewa High School
Josh Heijn - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Josh Smith-Bain - Auckland - Rosmini College
Josh Wiltshire - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Keaghan Chadwick - Wellington - Tawa College
Kieran Charlton - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Kole Harmer - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Kynan Stowers-Smith - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Layton Cahill - Canterbury - Shirley Boys High School
Leo Fosita - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Levi Boyd - Auckland - Rutherford College
Liam Bainbridge - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Liam Mayes - Auckland - Rosmini College
Liam Neilson - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Luke Challies - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Luke de Roo - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Luke Lentner - Auckland - Rosehill College
Luke Mayo - Auckland - Western Springs College
Luke Williams - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Manny Snooks - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Mark Komene-Stowers - Northland - Te Kāpehu Whetū
Max Walker - Otago - John McGlashan College
Maxwell Milne - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Milo Crispin - Wellington - Wellington College
Mitchell Hughan - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Nino Changiz - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Oliver Bugden - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Oliver Griffin - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Oliver Parsons - Auckland - Westlake Boys High School
Quinn Pocock - Auckland - Western Springs College
Rico Tuhua - Wellington - Upper Hutt College
Ronan Morling - Auckland - Rosehill College
Ryan Awatere - Wellington - Aotea College
Sam Anderson - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Sam Turner - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Samuel Warton - Auckland - Kristin School
Samuel Thomas - Auckland - Long Bay College
Sebastyan Jack - Auckland - Rutherford College
Shaun Russ - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Shayden Jones-Codlin - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Spencer Jones - Auckland - Long Bay College
Stuart Tunley - Auckland - Southern Cross Campus
Taonga Stanish-Murphy - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Tipene Ball - Auckland - Western Springs College
Troy Fyfe - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Tyler Diack - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Will Roff - Wellington - St Patricks College
William Anderson - Wellington - Wellington College
Xavier Bryham - Auckland - Orewa College
Xavier Mexted - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
The National Secondary Schools touch championships concluded at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland on the weekend with regular combatants Rotorua and Hamilton Boys’ High School battling each other for the boys title and St. Kentigern College looking to end Hamilton Girls’ regin as champions in the female decider.
The stage was set for two thrilling climaxes when Paeroa College beat Howick College 9-8 in the mixed final. Howick crossed the line with 90 seconds remaining, but was denied a touchdown. Howick then lost a player to the sin bin for pulling at the singlet and Hendrix Beazley triggered wild celebrations for the Thames Valley outfit when he touched down 25 seconds shy of fulltime.
Reports of the boys and girls finals and tournament teams below:
Boys Final: Rotorua Boys’ High School: 4 v Hamilton Boys’ High School: 3
Two dramatic touchdowns in the final minute of the first-half were pivotal in Rotorua’s 4-3 triumph.
Down 3-1, with 58 seconds remaining until the interval, Rotorua closed the gap to 3-2 when Kalem Strickland fired a bullet pass to captain Jayden Sargent to dive over.
Hamilton responded by attacking ominously and Raiki Willison lunged towards the line on the hooter, but was caught in a desperate touch by Kawiti Rauwhero who then claimed the ball and rapidly released Silver Shuster who dashed the length of the field to tie the scores.
The second-spell saw both defences tighten and few chances afforded. Rotorua claimed a lead they never lost when Tereti Makarauri spiraled a long ball out to an unmarked Tome Poona with seven minutes left.
Earlier Hamilton attained a controversial lead when Cameron Todd ran from dummy-half and touched down.
Kobian Richardson had initially propelled Hamilton ahead after the opening drive left Rotorua undermanned on the right edge of their defense.
An extravagant dummy by by Jordan Tukana-Hudson created Rotorua’s first touchdown. The deception would have even fooled the man with no name!
Hamilton and Rotorua have won 12 of the 24 National Championships and this final was an illustration why. It was a typically gripping and high-quality tussle.
Girls Final: St Kentigern College: 4 v Hamilton Girls’ High School: 3
St Kentigern College rallied from a 2-3 deficit to dethrone the defending champions.
That first-half was a tense affair with both teams exchanging a try each. Tanith Pilkington crossed in the first set of six for St Kent’s and Regan Stephens responded for Hamilton.
The momentum turned Hamilton’s way after the break when New Zealand representative Jazmin Hotham seized the initiative and engineered two touchdowns for her side. Firstly she galloped away from the defence in a fine solo effort and then she distributed from dummy-half to create Stephens’ second.
Down 3-2, St Kent’s levelled with five minutes left when Lilly Ellis finished an overlap on the wing.
Jaymie Kolose was named girls tournament MVP and she saved her best moment to last, ferreting out of dummy-half and creating a second and winning touchdown for Ellis.
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The final NZSS tournament of the year starts tomorrow at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland.
The 2017 SAS NZ Secondary Schools Touch Championship takes place over three days from Friday – Sunday and features 60 of the leading school teams throughout New Zealand across three grades.
The tournament will display the best senior secondary school Touch players in New Zealand and with an increase of 10 teams from 2016, some of the best, explosive and dynamic Touch to be seen. It is the culmination of regional and zonal qualifying events held in February and March.
Defending champions Hamilton Boys’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School will be back hoping to retain their titles while the Mixed grade has been thrown wide open by the absence of two-time champions Whanganui High School. Perhaps Paeroa College will take the title after finishing bridesmaids last year.
The tournament will showcase all the new talent coming through the secondary school ranks, as well as school leavers transitioning into the senior ranks.
Last year Hamilton Boys’ High School beat Rotorua Boys’ High School 8-7 in the Boys final, while Hamilton Girls’ High School defeated Columba College in the Girls final and Whanganui High School overcame Paeroa College 9-5 in the Mixed final.
Tournament teams will be named at the conclusion of the tournament Last year’s Boys and Girls MVPs were Ifor Jones (Hamilton Boys) and Jazmin Hotham (Hamilton Girls), while the Mixed MVPs were Blair Osborne (Whanganui High School) and Ora Williams (Taupo Nui a Tia High School).
The tournament has been running since 1994. The previous 10 winners have been (Left to right Boys – Girls – Mixed):
Pool And Section play runs all day on Friday and Saturday and Sunday morning, heading into the finals from 1.30pm on Sunday.
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Games are being livestreamed directly to the Touch NZ Facebook page. Plus photos and news and information.
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Daniel Whitburn loves putting his body through the wringer. The College Sport Auckland Sportsman of the Year is an International Triathlon champion and intends taking up Ironman in the near future.
Whitburn recalls the time when the appetite for such punishment was non-existent.
“When I was in year six, I got last in the school cross country. My parents weren’t impressed so they entered me into triathlon. It wasn’t until Year 10, I realised I actually enjoyed it. I discovered the further I go, the better I get.”
In 2015, Whitburn’s rapid improvement took him to the World Championships for the first time. Valuable experience was gained, but Whitburn was hungry for more international success from that point on.
A major victory was achieved in September at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship in Rotterdam, Holland.
Whitburn won the U19 Standard Distance gold medal which features a 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Whitburn vividly captures the action:
“It was a strange race. In the swim I was caught in the bunch and wasn’t pleased to be there so I veered out to the far right, which wasn’t a good place to be either. When I saw there only four guys in front me it wasn’t so bad when I left the water. On the bike leg I was certain I had passed three riders so I thought I was in second place. When I started the run Dad yelled to me I was in first place. I still have no idea what happened to the leading rider, but I put the foot on the gas and hung on.”
To add to the confusion the course was shared by competitors in an older race so the younger athletes were being passed as they progressed.
Even more remarkably Whitburn suffered a serious accident two weeks before he left for the Netherlands. He was T-boned at a road intersection while on a training ride. Whitburn remembers watching the motor vehicle driver, waiting for him to stop, then nothing - until he woke up in the back of an ambulance.
It takes more than a wayward car to keep Whitburn down.
In February he won the Auckland Schools championship and he has won the prestigious Erin Baker Trophy awarded to an athlete who completes the four Taupo triathlons annual events that includes the ‘across Lake Taupo’ swim.
With such a vast pedigree it should be little surprise that Whitburn was anointed the College Sport Auckland Sportsman of the Year last Sunday, but the 17-year old was genuinely touched by the accolade.
“It was a big honour and surprise to win. There are so many outstanding athletes. To be selected is a real thrill,” he says.
Whitburn is the fourth triathlete to win the major College Sport Auckland award. He joins fellow St Kent’s old boy Nathan Richmond (1996), Olympian Terenzo Bozzone (2002) and Daniel Hoy (2016) as recipients of the prize.
Three nights after winning College Sport Auckland's major prize, Whitburn won the Counties Manukau Junior Sportsman of the Year accolade.
Despite his success in triathlon, Whitburn desires a switch to ironman.
“I am heading to Dunedin to start a law and politics degree at Otago University next year so I will be having a sabbatical from competition. My goal is to do ironman’s, but I am too young at the moment to be a regular competitor. I will train and bide my time.” Whitburn concludes.
St Cuthbert’s College hockey star Madison Doar and Saint Kentigern College triathlete Daniel Whitburn won this year’s Auckland College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year female and male accolades late last week.
The 27th annual awards dinner at Eden Park celebrated over 160 outstanding secondary school athletes from all over the greater Auckland area.
Doar was co-captain of the St Cuthbert’s College winning Federation Cup hockey team in Winter Tournament Week, having made her Black Sticks debut earlier in the year against India. She is currently in the side contesting the World Hockey League Finals series (playing the Netherlands in the final tonight).
Whitburn won gold in the 18-19 age-group at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, in the Netherlands in September. He the Auckland Schools Championship in February and claimed a top finish in the National Championship in March.
Service to Secondary School Sport: Alan Taylor, Botany Downs Secondary College
Service to Secondary School Sport: David Long, Mt Albert Grammar School
Aktive Student Coach of the Year: Paige Butterworth, Sancta Maria College (Hockey)
Aktive Student Official of the Year: Ben Matthews, Long Bay College (Football & Touch)
International Achievement: Gina Galloway, Diocesan School for Girls (Swimming)
International Achievement: Sebastian Lardies, Sacred Heart College (Yachting)
International Achievement: Scott McKenzie, Glendowie College (Yachting)
International Achievement: Joshua Oxenham, Saint Kentigern College (Mountain Biking)
All Rounder Boys: Lachlan Dickson, Auckland Grammar School (Athletics, Cycling, Hockey)
All Rounder Girls: Tori Kolose, Saint Kentigern College (Athletics, Netball, Touch)
Athletes with a Disability Boys: Alexander Anderson, Auckland Grammar School (Swimming)
Athletes with a Disability Girls: Anna Steven, Westlake Girls High School (Athletics)
Athletics Boys: Oliver Miller, St Peter’s College
Athletics Girls: Mellata Tatola, St Mary’s College
Badminton Boys: Oscar Guo, Westlake Boys High School
Badminton Girls: Sally Fu, Macleans College
Basketball Boys: Daniel Fotu, Rangitoto College
Basketball Girls: Tayla Dalton, Carmel College
Cricket Boys: Adam Jones, Sacred Heart College
Cricket Girls: Bella Armstrong, Epsom Girls Grammar School
Cycling Boys: Aaron Wylie, Auckland Grammar School
Cycling Girls: Abigail Morton, Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
Distance Running Boys: Theo Quax, Macleans College
Distance Running Girls: Kendall Vaughan, St Cuthbert’s College
Football Boys: Max Mata, Saint Kentigern College
Football Girls: Hannah Blake, Saint Kentigern College
Golf Boys: Kevin Koong, Massey High School
Golf Girls: Miree Jung, Lynfield College
Gymsports Boys: Daniel Stoddart, Westlake Boys High School
Gymsports Girls: Estella Matthewson, St Cuthbert’s College
Hockey Boys: Connor Greentree, Kristin School
Hockey Girls: Madison Doar, St Cuthbert’s College
Lacrosse Girls: Nicole Fordyce, Epsom Girls Grammar School
Mountain Biking Boys: George Furniss, Macleans College
Mountain Biking Girls: Dayna Haythorne, Epsom Girls Grammar School
Netball Girls: Theresa Ngata, Aorere College
Orienteering Boys: Kurtis Shuker, Waiuku College
Orienteering Girls: Sofie Safkova, Takapuna Grammar School
Rowing Boys: Daniel Williamson, King’s College
Rowing Girls: Kate Haines, Diocesan School for Girls
Rugby League Boys: Javvier Pitovao, Mt Albert Grammar School
Rugby Union Boys: Etene Nanai, Saint Kentigern College
Rugby Union Girls: Luti Sikoloni, Southern Cross Campus
Softball Boys: Brock Evans, Mt Albert Grammar School
Softball Girls: Maddison Roy, Pakuranga College
Squash Boys: Matthew Lucente, Westlake Boys High School
Squash Girls: Amara Afghan, Westlake Girls High School
Swimming Boys: Jason Churches, Westlake Boys High School
Swimming Girls: Gabrielle Fa’amausili, Avondale College
Table Tennis Boys: Nathan Xu, Saint Kentigern College
Table Tennis Girls: Zhi Ying Cheng, Macleans College
Tennis Boys: Liam Stoica, Saint Kentigern College
Tennis Girls: Elys Ventura, Westlake Girls High School
Touch Boys: Tarkyn Loloselo, St Peter’s College
Touch Girls: Mahina Paul, Saint Kentigern College
Triathlon Boys: Daniel Whitburn, Saint Kentigern College
Triathlon Girls: Jacey Cropp, Rangitoto College
Underwater Hockey Boys: Elliot Sneddon, Mahurangi College
Underwater Hockey Girls: Marieke Bavelaar, Howick College
Volleyball Boys: Henry Ap’e, Manurewa High School
Volleyball Girls: Ariane Pola, Westlake Girls High School
Waka Ama Boys: Daniel Calder, Kaipara College
Waka Ama Girls: Inamaru Tere, Waitakere College
Water Polo Boys: Matthew Morris, Rangitoto College
Water Polo Girls: Bernadette Doyle, St Cuthbert’s College
Yachting Boys: Jackson Keon, Kristin School
Yachting Girls: Rose Dickson, King’s College
Young Sportsman of the Year Finalists:
Oscar Guo, Westlake Boys High School (Badminton)
Matthew Lucente, Westlake Boys High School (Squash)
Matthew Morris, Rangitoto College (Water Polo)
Daniel Whitburn, Saint Kentigern College (Triathlon) – Winner
Aaron Wyllie, Auckland Grammar School (Cycling)
Young Sportswoman of the Year Finalists:
Zhi Ying Chang, Macleans College (Table Tennis)
Madison Doar, St Cuthbert’s College (Hockey) – Winner
Bernadette Doyle, St Cuthbert’s College (Water Polo)
Nicole Fordyce, Epsom Girls Grammar School (Lacrosse)
Sally Fu, Macleans College (Badminton)
Abigail Morton, Baradene College (Cycling)
A wide array of champions here in 2017, poll below.
Connor Bell - (Westlake Boys’ High School) - It’s almost a laughing matter how far ahead of the discus throwing competition Connor Bell is in New Zealand. The National U18 and U20 champion won the intermediate National Secondary Schools title in December 2016 by over 20-metres. The Australian Under-18 champion was a hot favourite to capture a gold medal at the Junior Commonwealth Games in July and duly delivered with a throw of over 60-metres. Bell is ranked in the top five in the world for his age group.
Lewis Clareburt (Scots College) - Clareburt has cleaned up age group swimming in 2017. In March, Clareburt broke the national age record in the 400m individual medley, previously held by Rio Olympian Bradlee Ashby, with a time of 4 minutes 21.69 seconds, and equalled Danyon Loader's near 25-year-old record in the 200m freestyle, clocking in at 1.51.70. Things got even better for Lewis in July when he won more medals than anybody else at the Junior Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas. The Year 13 won three gold and four silver medals in a hectic and outstanding display of class. There were 1034 athletics representing 64 countries. Clareburt was named College Sport Wellington Sportsman of the Year.
Matt Dell (Sacred Heart College) - Sacred Heart enjoyed another all-conquering season in water polo winning the Auckland, North Island and National titles. Dell was integral to Sacred Heart’s success. He was the stingiest goal-keeper in the Auckland league and his shot-blocking helped Sacred Heart overcome their fierce rivals Saint Kentigern College in a penalty shootout in both the Auckland and National finals. Dell was named tournament MVP at Nationals and will most likely venture to the US on scholarship in 2018.
Oscar Guo (Westlake Boys’ High School) - “I like to play an attacking style of Badminton, hit the shuttlecock close to the lines and take risks. Because I am young I have nothing to lose,” Oscar Guo told College Sport Media in February. This audacious approach has paid rich dividends for Guo who is New Zealand’s top ranked singles player. Guo won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events at the National Under-17 and 19 championships, becoming the first player to win three National Under-17 singles titles on the trot. Additionally, Westlake won the National Secondary Schools title, sweeping Auckland Grammar School 6-0 in the final. In New Caledonia at the Oceania champs in February, Guo claimed both the singles and doubles crowns and in the former event didn’t drop a set. He was named Westlake Boys’ High School Sportsman of the Year.
Cameron Jones (Waimea College) – In February, 16-year-old Waimea College multisport athlete Cameron Jones became the youngest ever winner of the 2-day race in the 34-year history of the famous Coast-to-Coast event across the South Island. He held a 10 minute lead after day one and went on to win the individual two-day race by almost 40 minutes in 12hr 19min 5sec. Of note, the second placed finisher was 16-year-old Oliver Thompson of Trident High School. Later in the year the 2016 NZ cross country U17 Mountain Biking champion competed for NZ in the U19 race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia.
Tom Parker (Christchurch Boys’ High School) - Before this year, Christchurch’s golf team hadn’t made the National tourney since 1999, but in their first appearance in nearly two decades they won the tourney trouncing local rivals and defending champions Burnside High School by eight shots. Christchurch’s efforts were spearheaded by Parker who won the individual crown, finishing three shots ahead of teammate Ben Baker. Parker fired the round of the tournament with a 66, recovering from a slow start. Christchurch also won all four of their interschool exchanges and Parker often competes overseas having travelled to China, Hong Kong and New Caledonia alone this season. In 2018, Parker will shift to the US on a golf scholarship at the University of Oregon. Oregon was second in the National championships this year and won the title in 2016, making it one of the top collegiate programs in the world.
Sam Tanner (Bethlehem College) “I knew there was going to be a heap of guys who were really fast and fit, but I was just preparing myself to push my body to its limit,” said Sam on winning this year’s NZSS Cross Country Championship win in June. “I didn’t have to quite do that, where I hit the wall, but it was a tough race.” The Waikato-Bay of Plenty champion headed a strong field of some 220 runners in the 6km, three-lap Senior Boys race, beating Hamilton Boys’ High School’s Isaiah Priddey by a second in a sprint finish and with local St Bede’s College’s Nick Moulai 10 seconds back in third. Tanner also won the National U18 cross country title and in September, he completed a trifecta of wins in 2017 by winning the National U18 Road Race title.
The Champion of Champion series is not intended to be a definitive list of the ‘best’ athletes in each code, rather it celebrates many of the leading athletes and teams in each that College Sport Media has followed this year. Preference has gone to those individuals/teams that CSM has interviewed and profiled in 2017. Got a story? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some outstanding female athletes to celebrate in this category this year, across a variety of sports. Who would your pick be from the names below?
Ellesse Andrews (St Peter’s School, Cambridge) - In August, St Peter’s School, Cambridge, Year 13 cyclist Ellesse Andrews added ‘world record holder’ to her long list of achievements. Competing at the 2017 UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Montichiari, Italy, Ellesse won a world title for the second year running. After winning gold in the Team Sprint (with Emma Cummings) and bronze in the 2km Individual Pursuit in Switzerland in 2016, Ellesse stepped it up another notch this year, smashing the 2km Individual Pursuit world record by four seconds. It rounded off a successful week of racing for Andrews, who along with team mates Nicole Shields, Katie Smith and Emily Sharman, also won silver for New Zealand in the 4km Team Pursuit.
Amelia Kerr (Tawa College) - Amelia Kerr can now put her opponents in a spin fulltime – in September she became the youngest ever contracted White Fern at 16-years. Having made her debut last November, she played every match at the Women's Cricket World Cup in England in June. The leg spinner finished inside the top ten wicket-takers at the tournament, something coach Haidee Tiffen said was down to her having a cool head in pressure situations. Kerr is a year 12 student at Tawa College. She is also a handy bat – in February she scored 119 for Wellington, which was the 100th century scored in the women’s domestic One-Day competition and she became the youngest ever centurion in the competition – a tick over two years younger than Suzie Bates was when she scored 183 not out against Auckland when she was 18.
Phoenix Paniora (Trident High School) - “I love my sports, I don’t know where I would be without my sports,” Phoenix told College Sport Media in April. She plays volleyball, netball and Touch having played for both her school and for Bay of Plenty representative sides on a regular basis over the past few years. Volleyball was her focus for much of 2017 though – having played for the New Zealand U18 Women’s volleyball Team that finished eighth in the Asian Youth U18 Girls Volleyball Championship in China and then named as the girls tournament MVP at the NZSS secondary School Volleyball Championships, after helping her Trident team win the Division 1title for the first time. Phoneix was then selected for the full NZ Women’s Volleyball team, making her full international debut at the 2017 Asian Women's Senior Volleyball Championship in the the Philippines in August. She has also been named in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Beko netball squad for 2018.
Pallas Potter (Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt) - In late July Pallas Potter captained the youthful Junior White Sox (Women’s U19s) team at the Junior World Series in Florida. This was her second time in this team after making it as a year 11 in 2015, and she is eligible for the 2019 Junior World Series too. She recently won Softball New Zealand’s Emerging Player of the Year award and has now been selected in the senior White Sox squad and is already footing it in the senior ranks at the highest level. Pallas also played as a defender in the Sacred Heart College netball team that finished a credible 10th of 16 teams at the October NZSS Netball Championships.
Olivia McTaggart (Kristin School) - In January, Kristin School Year 13 pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart jumped a personal best of 4.40m in Hastings, which was just .05 metres away from Rio bronze medallist and training partner Eliza McCartney's New Zealand U18 record. “The feeling off the top of the pole is seriously amazing, if you do it properly, it just feels like you’re flying for that split second and it’s what it’s all about when you get over that bar, Olivia told College Sport Media in February. The New Zealand U20 champion went on to finish third to McCartney at the Australian Athletics championships and spent a month in the New Zealand winter competing in Europe. Will be one of the drawcards at this year’s NZSS Track and Field Championships in the Hawke’s Bay.
Zoi Sadowski Synnott (Mount Aspiring College) - In September Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott, 16, was named Snow Sports NZ's top athlete for 2017. The Mt Aspiring College student won her first snowboard world cup earlier this year, making her just the third Kiwi to win a world cup. Sadowski Synnott I was subsequently selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Sadowski Synnot's World Cup win came during her first season competing on the Northern Hemisphere world cup circuit. She is currently ranked third on the International Ski Federation (FIS) world cup standings for women's snowboard slopestyle. Her world cup triumph in the Czech Republic at the end of March was hot on the heels of a silver medal at the world championships in Spain. She also claimed a world cup bronze in Snowboard Big Air in Quebec, Canada in February. Sadowski Synnott also won a world cup slopestyle bronze medal in front of her Cardrona home crowd at the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ in August.
Veronica Wall (Ashburton College) - In 2016, Ashburton College rower Veronica Wall became the first person to win the U16, U17 and U18 single sculls events at the Maadi Cup regatta, and also won , the U18 coxed quad. This year at Lake Karapiro, the 17-year old repeated the dose, winning four more golds , swapping the U16 single sculls for the U18 double sculls, She won the U17 single sculls by nine seconds, the U18 single sculls by 12 seconds, the U18 double sculls, with Grace Wilson, by nearly four seconds, and the U18 coxed quad, with Wilson, Mollie Gibson, Olivia Gibson and cox Emma Jansen, by slightly more than four seconds. In August she competed for New Zealand at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania.
The Champion of Champion series is not intended to be a definitive list of the ‘best’ athletes in each code, rather it celebrates many of the leading athletes and teams in each that College Sport Media has followed this year. Preference has gone to those individuals/teams that CSM has interviewed and profiled in 2017. Got a story? Email email@example.com
The first of up to 90 New Zealand athletes to contest the third Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next year has been selected.
The selection of Wellington Girls’ College climber Sarah Tetzlaff marks the first time that a New Zealand sport climbing athlete has ever been involved in the Olympic programme, with the discipline making its debut at the Youth Olympic Games before being contested at Tokyo 2020.
Tetzlaff says she's extremely proud to be named to the team, following a rapid rise within the sport.
“I didn't have a coach for at one point so I was planning and running all my trainings myself for quite a while,” she said.
"It was time consuming but well worth it. I love the sport as well, it's so creative and fun and I've met a lot of great people in this community as well."
Sarah has been climbing for five years and qualified by winning the combined U18 climbing competition at the Oceania Climbing Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia in October.
She saw off competition from Australian and New Caledonian climbers to place first in speed climbing, second in lead climbing and fifth in bouldering, giving her the overall highest placing in the combined disciplines.
Climbing New Zealand CEO David Sanders says the selection is the result of a tireless work ethic.
“We are absolutely delighted at both Sarah’s success at the Oceania’s and that she’s been selected for the Youth Olympic Games,” he said.
“She is an amazing climber but more than that she is dedicated to her climbing programme and to her sport. She’s made rapid improvements over the past year because of her dedication to her training.”
NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to Sarah.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Sarah to the team and I know she’ll be working hard to be at her best next October. It’s a fantastic achievement to be selected so early in the piece and it’s come due to the determination and hard work she’s put in over a long period of time,” she said.
“The Youth Olympic Games are a great event and help athletes on the performance pathway to further success on the world stage”
The Youth Olympic Games will take place on 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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The St Patrick’s College, Silverstream dragon boating team is approaching an impressive century.
The crew has won 94 consecutive races, including the College Sport Wellington (CSW) title seven times in a row, an Auckland championship and several gold medals at the National Championships.
In 2013, Silverstream won a National gold medal in a 200m race. Their winning time would have secured a gold medal at the World Championships in the same discipline later that year.
Swayde Brightwell is a member of the team and explains the appeal of the sport and theories on the reasons behind the extraordinary success.
“It’s fun and challenging. A lot of the rugby boys do it in the summer because it helps keep us fit. Dragon boating improves anaerobic and abdominal fitness as well as encouraging teamwork.” Brightwell responds.
“We start training in November doing both hill climbs off the water and paddling in the water. Were lucky to have great coaches. Chris Fox and Baz Taniwha have been awesome,” he continued.
In competition racing is typically held over 100, 200, 250, 500, 1000 & 2000 meters. There are usually 10 or 20 boys in a boat. Silverstream contests the shorter distances, renowned for their explosive power. Silverstream holds the CSW course record over 250 meters. What is the basic strategy in the boat.
“We sit in pairs and try and go as fast as we can. The most important guys are the pacesetters and the drummer who sit at the front of the boat. They determine the speed of the boat. We basically all work hard and try and get on.” Brightwell explains.
Eduard Korent was the captain of the 2017 team in. Korent won the CSW all rounder of the year award. In addition to dragon boating, Korent was the captain of the Silverstream basketball, volleyball and athletics teams, winning the regional high jump and long jump titles in the later sport. Korent was a Wellington Under-19 basketball rep.
Brightwell himself is a halfback in the First XV and a regional champion in waka ama but is firmly focussed on reaching 100 wins in a row in the dragon boat. The CSW festival is in March next year, but before that Silverstream will be training intensely and will compete against club in various races.
“It would be awesome to get to 100. We will have to keep fit and work hard. Scots pushed us last year. They have a really strong crew.” Brightwell concluded.
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