Below are some selected Photos of the Week, highlighting some of the terrific secondary school sporting events and achievements over the past seven days
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1. Dan Hoy (Westlake Boys’ High School) provided the highlight on day two of elite racing at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico on Saturday, finishing in fourth place in the Junior Men’s race, backed up by strong debut performances by fellow Kiwis Liam Ward (Saint Kentigern College, 22nd) and Trent Dodds (Maclean’s College, 26th). The Kiwis featured heavily throughout the event in amongst a large field of over 70 athletes, with Ward and Dodds putting on creditable displays on debut at the World Champs as athletes faced hot and humid conditions. Hoy missed a medal in Cozumel by just three seconds in a bold display that had him leading the race out of T2 and onto the 5km run leg, all the more impressive given he has another year in this division up his sleeve. Photo supplied. Read more: https://triathlon.kiwi/tri-media/hoy-the-highlight-with-4th-place-at-world-champs/
2. William Stedman (Middleton Grange School) has seen a dream come true in Rio, winning double bronze in the Men’s T36 400m and 800m on the finals days of athletics at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. In both races, Stedman at 16, the youngest member of the Para-Athletics team, came from behind with strong finishes in both races to take third place. Going into the Games ranked fourth in the shorter distance and sixth in the 800m, he ran personal bests in both events, improving to 55.69 and 2:11.98 respectively to claim double bronze. Stedman, who has Ataxia, a form of Cerebral Palsy, attended the London 2012 Paralympics as a twelve year old and was inspired to take up athletics. He was encouraged by his family who are in Rio for the Games. Read more: http://www.athletics.org.nz/News/double-bronze-for-stedman-in-rio Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsNZ/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
3. They may have relinquished their national secondary school crown but, by any standards, it's still been a great year for volleyball at Western Heights High School. Five players from the school have played age group volleyball for New Zealand and the pairing of Daniel Michael and Tyran Gillespie won the national secondary school beach volleyball title. One of the school's top prospects, Billy Johnstone, captained the New Zealand U18 side that also featured Western Heights student Kuratea Broughton in a US High Performance tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Daniel Michael, Jon Newman and Matthew Butterfield were part of the national U20 squad that competed in the South East Asian Games. Photo credit and read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11710328
6. The Auckland Grammar School team that won the K2 North Island Secondary Schools Skiing Competition last week at Turoa. Overall placings by school were: 1. Auckland Grammar School - Team A (89 points), 2. Diocesan School for Girls - Team B (88), 3. Tauhara College - Team A (85), 4. Diocesan School for Girls - Team A (84), 5. Auckland Grammar School - Team B (82), 6. Kings College - Team A (80), 7. Western Springs College Team A (76), 8 = Lindisfarne College - Team A (73), 8 = Saint Kentigern College - Team A (73), 10. Saint Cuthbert’s College - Team A (72). Full results at: http://www.ruapehucollege.school.nz/upload/usermedia/files/21642/updated%20official%20results%20end%20of%20day%202.html.pdf Photo credit and for some great action shots visit: https://www.facebook.com/K2NorthIslandSecondarySchoolsSkiingCompetition/?fref=ts
5. Also at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel (see Dan Hoy, above), Bayley Van Coolwijk (St. Mary's College) finished sixth in the 16-19 Years Female race. She was first after the swimming and cycling legs but faded in the heat in her first major international competition. Local Mexican athletes filled the first four places and a British girl finished fifth. A very encouraging start to Bailey’s career.
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