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.
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