Just like last summer, the end of the school year and the upcoming summer holidays means more time to train for and play the sports that Parris Mason loves.
The year 10 New Plymouth Girls’ High School student has been nominated for Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the upcoming Taranaki Daily News Secondary School Sports Awards, which is no surprise given her list of achievements in 2017.
Parris’s three chosen sports are netball, basketball and touch, all of which she has represented New Zealand teams in this year.
Hard work and dedication to training, practicing and keeping fit over the 2016/17 summer break, paid off for Parris by making the New Zealand Academy squads and traveling overseas in each of her three sports.
In May, aged 14, Parris toured Fiji with the Aotearoa Maori Netball International Secondary School (AMNISS) team, her sporting highlight so far, as she explains:
“In the trials I was up against girls up to four years older than me. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and soon learnt to grow up and within 24 hours had to pull off some of the best netball I had in me to keep up with these talented players who only two months earlier at a training camp I was idolising them, never imagining I would get to play alongside them.
“We went to Fiji where we won gold – beating Australia [40-28] in the final.”
After regular trips to Auckland attending basketball camps, and twice picking up Player of the Camp awards, Parris made the New Zealand U16 basketball team that travelled to Perth in July that played against the Australian state sides and finished fifth overall.
In September she was with the New Zealand U16 mixed Touch team that toured the Gold Coast. “We played in many modules over there during the day and night. I was named co-captain of the team with another boy being named the boys captain.”
There is plenty coming up for Parris. As well as regular touch modules at home in Taranaki and some trips away with representative touch teams, she recently attended a Netball Central Talent Development Advanced Camp and will go to Cambridge in January to participate in the 60-strong NZSS netball trials camp.
Parris plays goal-keep and goal-defence in netball and as a small forward and sometimes a shooting guard in basketball.
As well as representative success, Parris looks set to be a key member in her school’s sporting teams for the next three years whilst she is at New Plymouth Girls’ High School.
NPGHS hasn’t qualified for December’s touch nationals, while they finished down in 21st of 24 teams at the AA basketball nationals in September. “We were put in a really even pool and lost some close games by just a couple of points so we didn’t finish so well there this year.”
The Senior A netballers had a promising year though.
“We missed out on qualifying for the netball nationals this year by one point. We lost closely to Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt [28-29] at the Lower North Island tournament and if we had beaten them in that game we would have got into nationals.”
Teammates Brooke and Paige Neilson were selected in the LNISS tournament team.
The future bodes well for the NPGHS netballers. “This year I was one of two year 10s in the Senior A netball team, but we had no year 13s. So next year we will have the same team.”
What have been some of the challenges devoting so much time to her sports?
“I have had to deal with 13 coaches across all the codes from school level, regional, national and International level.
“Thankfully fitness testing was similar across all codes and keeping physically and mentally prepared became a huge part in my success. I was fortunate that my coaches were very understanding and even spoke to each other to make sure I could fulfill my achievements at International level. Plus the extra sessions with Hannah Kelly and Trent Adams from Sport Taranaki proved invaluable”
Technically, the change between codes can be challenging. “It’s very easy to move from netball to basketball but I find that moving from basketball to netball is a lot harder because basketball is lot more contact oriented so you get to get away with more stuff but netball is much stricter in that regard,”
“It’s been a big year and I have learnt so much and come such a long way and have enjoyed every step to realizing what it is to be at the top and get to the top and both mean a lot of hard work and time, your natural talent only gets you so far,” concludes Parris.
There have been some outstanding performances by girls teams in NZSS events in 2017, including first time winners in several codes, others back on top after several years and an epic defence on the water.
Vote for your favourite performance from the ones we have featured below.
Auckland Diocesan School for Girls Rowing - It’s said that defending NZSS rowing eights titles is one of the hardest assignments in secondary school team sport, such is the competitive and prestige of the Maadi Cup regatta. Auckland Dio did just that on Lake Karapiro in early April, winning back-to-back Levin 75th Jubilee Cup U18 titles and becoming the first North Island female crew in 27 years to do so. They came from behind in a thriller to win the 2000m race by three-quarters of a boat length to Hamilton's St Paul's Collegiate and Christchurch’s' St Margaret's College. Prior to the Maadi regatta, the Dio U18 eight won their third consecutive title at the NISS Rowing Championships at the same venue. This year, Maadi attracted more than 2200 competitors, solidifying its position as the largest secondary school rowing competition in the southern hemisphere.
Howick College Netball Perhaps the fairytale win of the year? “This is the first time for our school at Nationals and we are excited to be there", captain Lasalle Lefale told CSM before the NZSS Netball Nationals in early October. Many hoped, but few expected they’d go all the way and win in their first attempt, after qualifying fifth out of six teams in the UNISS tournament and coming fifth in the Auckland Premier competition. But that is what they did, beating rivals and defending champions Saint Kentigern College 30-27 in their opening game and winning five more matches before beating St Kent’s again in the final, 33-25. Three players in the tournament team – shooter Leehava Saverio, wing defence Iva Livani and goal keep Nanise Waqaira. A multitalented side, most of the squad play other sports such as Touch, Sevens and volleyball to a high level.
St Cuthbert’s College Hockey - St Cuthbert’s College won their third Federation Cup Hockey title and their first since 2012, beating Christchurch’s Rangi Ruru Girls’ School 1-0 in the final, a year after much of the same group of players lost the final to Villa Maria College in extra time. Completing an unbeaten season, St Cuthbert’s had beaten neighbours and rivals Auckland Diocesan in the finals of both the Auckland and Super City competition, including winning 5-1 in the latter final. The team scored 101 goals and conceded just six in the Auckland Super City competitions and scored 43 goals and let in two in the Federation Cup (144 -8 combined score all season). Co-captain Madi Doar made her debut for the Black Sticks earlier this year, while Madi, Katie Doar and Sophia Howard all represented Auckland at the senior National Hockey League tournament. Madi, Katie, Sophia, Tonya Botherway and Kendall Vaughan were selected in the New Zealand U18 squad.
Saint Kentigern College Football – Ending rival school Mount Albert Grammar School’s recent dominance of both the Auckland and NZSS Girls Football titles, the Saint Kentigern College First XI won three lots of silverware in 2017 – the Auckland Premiership, the Auckland Knockout Cup and the NZSS Lotto Premier title in Taupo. St Kent’s went unbeaten throughout the Auckland season with just two draws against Rangitoto College and MAGS (2-2 on their annual exchange day) during league play. Having won the Auckland League, they went on to beat Baradene College 3-0 to win the Auckland Premier Championship title. On to Taupo, and, after beating Westlake Girls’ High School in their NZSS semi-final, St Kent’s found themselves trailing MAGS 0-2 at halftime in the final. They fought back to level at 2-2 on fulltime. This was then 4-4 after extra time, sending the final into a penalty shootout, which St Kent’s won after three rounds of sudden death.
St Mary’s College Basketball – Went through the season unbeaten to win the Wellington, Zone 3 and National titles - the former for the first time. Combined, these competitions amount to winning 26 games in a row. St Mary’s successfully defended their Wellington title overcoming Hutt Valley High School in the final, the same opponent they foiled in the regional decider. At the Nationals, St Mary’s failed to contain the brilliance of St Peter’s, Cambridge tournament MVP Charlisse Leger-Walker in the final. Charlisse scored 48 points, but St Mary’s had the collective ammunition to overcome the twice defending champions 68-62. Captain Grace Hunter, Sariah Penese and Renee Savai’inaea were selected in the tournament team. Coach Nixon Penese was named Coach of the Year at the College Sport Wellington awards while the team shared the team of the year accolade with the St Mary’s College Rugby team.
St Mary’s College Rugby – “We beat Hamilton Girls in a tough semi-final, and were too complacent heading into the final. We thought we had beaten the best team,” Renee Savai'inaea conceded to College Sport Media in October when reflecting on the 2016 National Top Four rugby final between Southland Girls’ High School and St Mary’s College. St Mary’s was well beaten, but bounced back a better side. In December 2016, St Mary’s became the first Wellington school of any gender to win the Condor Sevens title, beating defending champions Hamilton Girls’ High School 19-17 in the final. As a result of this success, St Mary’s was invited to the Sanix World Youth Invitational even in Japan in April and won that tourney undefeated. In First XV rugby, St Mary’s was close to unstoppable. They won the Wellington final 51-12 against Aotea College and after a tough win in the semi-finals of the National Top Four against Auckland champions Southern Cross Campus, comfortably beat Hamilton Girls’ High School 29-12 to became national champions for the first time.
Trident High School - Volleyball Team unity and strong courtside support were to two factors that carried Trident High School’s Senior A Girls volleyball team to this year’s NZSS title. “Five of us have been playing together since 2014 and we won the Junior North Islands that year together, and other players that have joined us since then have all fitted in well, we’re really close-knit and that helped us win some tight games,” team captain Courtney McConkey told CSM in April.“ We also got a big boost from our supporters. We were surprised that so many came down from Whakatane. Seeing so many people dressed up in Trident colours really lifted us.” Trident beat New Plymouth GHS 3-1 in the final to win their maiden NZSS title. Overall the team played and won nine games in five days, winning their matches by a combined 27 sets to six. Phoenix Paniora and Mana Kume made the tournament team and Year 12 Phoenix was the Tournament MVP.
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
View the Champion of Champions Boys Teams at: https://www.collegesportmedia.co.nz/other/champion-of-champions-boys-teams8963679
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 in 2017, when comparing codes?
Christ’s College Hockey - Christ’s won the Rankin Cup for the first win since 1991 after a dogged victory on penalties against Christchurch Boys’ High School in the final. Christ’s recovered from a defeat to King’s High School in pool play to foil Wairarapa College 4-1 in the round of 16, Paraparaumu College, 4-1 in the quarter-finals and King’s College, 1-0 in the semi-finals. In addition to their Rankin Cup triumph, Christ’s successfully defended their Canterbury title taming St Andrew’s College on penalties in the final.
Hamilton Boys’ High School Football - Won the National championship for the first time, thus becoming the first school from the Waikato region to capture the crown. Hamilton stunned defending champions Sacred Heart College on penalties in the final after earlier eliminating fellow Auckland powerhouse St Kentigern College in the quarter finals. Hamilton won their local title for the 13th time in 14 years and were runners up to Napier Boys’ High School in the Super 8.
Hastings Boys’ High School Rugby - Became the 13th team since the inception of the National Top Four in 1982 to win the title unbeaten. Hastings have only lost one of their past 40 matches and scored over 1000 points in 2017, while holding eight opponents scoreless. Hastings remarkably beat St Pats Town (106-7), Palmerston North BHS (100-0) and Wellington College (78-0), the largest defeats any of those proud rugby institutions have suffered. Hastings success was rewarded when they had no less than half a dozen selections in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ teams, including No.8 Devan Flanders who won the Bronze Boot award as the best player in the annual trans-tasman test against Australia.
Rosmini College Basketball - Rosmini bounced back from their defeat in the Auckland final to Rangitoto College to beat the defending National champions in both the Zone I and National finals. In the latter event Rosmini won all eight games foiling Zone 4 champions Christ’s College in extra time in the semi-finals and resisting Rangitoto 87-79 in the decider to became national champions for the first time since 2011.
Manurewa High School Volleyball - Manurewa have been the dominant force in Auckland volleyball winning the Auckland title for the past three years. After a series of narrow misses at Nationals, Manurewa finally broke through in 2017 to claim the mantle as the top team in the country. Manurewa was beaten in pool play at Nationals by Western Heights High School, but bounced back hard to reach the final where they beat Orewa College in straight sets 25-16, 25-23, 25-23. Three Manurewa players made the tournament team: Wanyae Suafo’a, Henry Ap’e (Captain) and Tala Potifara (Tournament MVP).
Mount Albert Grammar School Softball - MAGS claimed a record fifth-straight title at the National Secondary Schools Division 1 competition at Rosedale Park, beating Hastings Boys’ High School in the final 6-3. However, it didn't come easy for defending champions, who were beaten twice by Hastings Boys throughout the tournament. MAGS won the Auckland title for the fifth year on the trot to and their all-round excellence was awarded at Nationals when Harley Maynard was named top pitcher, Max Earley the top catcher award and Toby Bourgeois tournament MVP. Additionally Brock Evans, Floyd Nola and coach Stu Kinghorn joined the other three in the Tournament Team.
St Andrew’s College Rowing - Celebrating their centenary, St Andrew’s (STAC) coxed eight created history by winning the Maadi Cup for the first time. At Lake Karapiro, St Andrew’s finished ahead of defending champions Christ's College and perennial contenders Hamilton Boys’ High School. A day earlier Ben Taylor, Zackary Rumble, Thomas Russell and Mitchell White also won the coxed four Springbox Shield for STAC for the first time since 1983. The other members of the STAC eight were: Sam Paterson, Oliver Bailey, Flynn Dijkstra and Hamish Veitch. Tom Flavil was coxswain and the the head coach was Dale Maher.
Sacred Heart College Football - It was another stellar year for the Sacred Heart First XI winning the Auckland Premier League for the fourth consecutive year and repeating the knockout cup/league double. Sacred Heart trailed St Kentigern College in the league standings for much of the season, but scored 24 goals in their last three games to overtake their presbyterian rivals. Additionally Sacred Heart finished fifth in the International School Sport Federation's World Schools Championships in Prague. The event feature 36 teams from 24 countries with Sacred Heart becoming the first New Zealand team to compete. In the quarter-finals Sacred Heart lost to eventual champions Qatar in controversial fashion, Qatar was a million dollar sponsored team. Sacred Heart failed to defend their National title, but were runners up to Hamilton Boys’ High School despite missing three of their leading players who were selected for the New Zealand Under-17 squad.
On Thursday 232rd November, College Sport Auckland will host the 27th Annual Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, recognising the outstanding achievements of Auckland youth in sport across many categories.
The nomination process has finished and these are the finalists!
Jacey Cropp - Rangitoto College F
Kendell Vaughan - St Cuthbert's College F
Lachlan Dickson - Auckland Grammar School M
Tori Kolose Saint - Kentigern College F
Athlete with a Disability
Alexander Anderson - Auckland Grammar School M
Anna Steven - Westlake Girls High School F
Anthony Nobilo - Westlake Boys High School M
Ben Kennedy - Kristin School M
Cara Lonergan - Rangitoto College F
Mellata Tatola - St Mary's College (Akld) F
Oliver Miller - St Peter's College (Akld) M
Paige Witehira - Mt Albert Grammar School F
Dacmen Vong - Avondale College M
Jason Seto - Saint Kentigern College M
Oscar Guo - Westlake Boys High School M
Sally Fu - Macleans College F
Tamara Otene - Westlake Girls High School F
Daniel Fotu - Rangitoto College M
James Moors - Westlake Boys High School M
Jordyn Maddix - Westlake Girls High School F
Riana Rangi - Mt Albert Grammar School F
Tayla Dalton - Carmel College F
Tomas Higgins - Auckland Grammar School M
Adam Jones - Sacred Heart College (Akld) M
Bella Armstrong - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Conner Ansell - Saint Kentigern College M
Josie Penfold - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Ryan Harrison - Rosmini College M
Skye Bowden - Pakuranga College F
Aaron Wylie - Auckland Grammar School M
Abigail Morton - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Dayna Haythorne - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Jenna Merrick - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Oscar Elworthy - Takapuna Grammar School M
Theo Gilbertson - King's College M
Jacey Cropp - Rangitoto College F
James Uhlenberg - Saint Kentigern College M
Joseph Clark - Westlake Boys High School M
Kendell Vaughan - St Cuthbert's College F
Madison Doar - St Cuthbert's College F
Theo Quax - Macleans College M
Amy Waters - Saint Kentigern College F
Ben Deeley - Auckland Grammar School M
Claudia Bunge - Rangitoto College F
Hannah Blake - Saint Kentigern College F
Matt Palmer - Sacred Heart College (Akld) M
Max Mata - Saint Kentigern College M
Andrew Meng - Saint Kentigern College M
Jimmy Zheng - Macleans College M
Kevin Koong - Massey High School M
Miree Jung - Lynfield College F
Aya Tanaka-Probert - Westlake Girls High School F
Blake Costley - Onehunga High School M
Brooke Davies - Botany Downs Secondary College F
Daniel Stoddart - Westlake Boys High School M
Grace Schroder - ACG Strathallan College F
Nathan Monkton - Westlake Boys High School M
Callum Dempster - Rosmini College M
Connor Greentree - Kristin School M
Kalpesh Morar - King's College M
Katie Doar - St Cuthbert's College F
Madison Doar - St Cuthbert's College F
Tonya Botherway - St Cuthbert's College F
Gina Galloway - Diocesan School for Girls F
Joshua Oxenham - Saint Kentigern College M
Scott McKenzie - Glendowie College M
Caitlin Dellow - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Harriette Overend - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Nicole Fordyce - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Dayna Haythorne - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Gene Wang - Auckland Grammar School M
George Furniss - Macleans College M
Matthew Wilson - Macleans College M
Poppy Buissink - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Lahaina-Lee Upu-Toparea - Mt Albert Grammar School F
Tayla Earle - Saint Kentigern College F
Theresa Ngata Aorere College F
Daniel Monckton - Long Bay College M
Georgina Dibble - Kristin School F
Kurtis Shuker - Waiuku College M
Meghan Drew - St Mary's College (Akld) F
Sebastian Safka - Takapuna Grammar School M
Sofie Safkova - Takapuna Grammar School F
Daniel Williamson - King's College M
James Hall - King's College M
Kate Haines - Diocesan School for Girls F
Niamh Mchugh - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Rosie Ireland - Diocesan School for Girls F
Sam Jones - Westlake Boys High School M
Rugby League (Boys)
Christian Tuipulotu - St Paul's College (Akld) M
Javvier Pitovao - Mt Albert Grammar School M
Johnny Falelua-Malio - Kelston Boys High School M
Etene Nanai - Saint Kentigern College M
Lemeki Namoa - Sacred Heart College (Akld) M
Luti Sikoloni - Southern Cross Campus F
Madison Wells - Kaipara College F
Rivez Reihana - Saint Kentigern College M
Service to Secondary School Sport
Alan Taylor - Botany Downs Secondary College M
David Long - Mt Albert Grammar School M
Brock Evans - Mt Albert Grammar School M
Georgia Faunt - One Tree Hill College F
Harley Maynard - Mt Albert Grammar School M
Jared Fuamatu - St Peter's College (Akld) M
Maddison Roy - Pakuranga College F
Taylor Chongnee - Mt Albert Grammar School F
Amara Afghan - Westlake Girls High School F
Dileesia Henare - Westlake Girls High School F
Elijah Thomas - Auckland Grammar School M
Gabe Yam - Westlake Boys High School M
Georgia Fyfe - St Cuthbert's College F
Matthew Lucente - Westlake Boys High School M
Student Coach of the Year
Jazmin Pirie - Carmel College F
Laura McKissock - Kristin School F
Paige Butterworth - Sancta Maria College F
Student Official of the Year
Ben Matthews - Long Bay College M
Danielle Kooge - Westlake Girls High School F
Kurt Harrison - Howick College M
Lexie Etherington - Diocesan School for Girls F
Ellie Eastwood - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
Jason Churches - Westlake Boys High School M
Sebastien Priscott - St Peter's College (Akld) M
Simone Lusby - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Summer Miln - Baradene College of the Sacred Heart F
Alex Mei - Westlake Boys High School M
Kevin Lin - Auckland Grammar School M
Nathan Xu - Saint Kentigern College M
Zhi Ying Cheng - Macleans College F
Caitlin Ward - Saint Kentigern College F
Elys Ventura - Westlake Girls High School F
Holly Stewart - Selwyn College F
Liam Stoica - Saint Kentigern College M
Antonio Wulf - Mt Albert Grammar School M
Isla Norman-Bell - Howick College F
Leilani Solomna - Marist College F
Mahina Paul - Saint Kentigern College F
Tarkyn Loloselo - St Peter's College (Akld) M
Tiaan Mcintyre - Western Springs College M
Triathlon/ Duathlon/ Aquathon
Daniel Whitburn - Saint Kentigern College M
Dylan McCullough - Saint Kentigern College M
Jacey Cropp - Rangitoto College F
Ryan Church - Saint Kentigern College M
Sophie Skelton - Botany Downs Secondary College F
Alyshia Samuel - Glendowie College F
Elliot Sneddon - Mahurangi College M
Logan Stevenson - Howick College M
Marieke Bavelaar - Howick College F
Rosa Watson - Epsom Girls Grammar School F
William Heaps - Glendowie College M
Ariane Pola - Westlake Girls High School F
Henry Ap'e - Manurewa High School M
Junior Utumapu - Manurewa High School M
Keenan Hodge - Takapuna Grammar School M
Renae Watson - Rangitoto College F
Theresa Ngata - Aorere College F
Cassius Felise - De La Salle College M
Daniel Calder - Kaipara College M
Inamaru Tere - Waitakere College F
Koha-Alofa Vitolio - McAuley High School F
Benjamin Fleming - Saint Kentigern College M
Bernadette Doyle - St Cuthbert's College F
Caitlin Mary Parker Allen - St Cuthbert's College F
Matthew Dell - Sacred Heart College (Akld) M
Matthew Morris - Rangitoto College M
Morgan McDowall - Diocesan School for Girls F
Jackson Keon - Kristin School M
Rose Dickson - King's College F
Sebastian Lardies - Sacred Heart College (Akld) M
Thomas Fyfe - Westlake Boys High School M
The 27th Zonta Secondary Schools Sports Awards dinner was held late last week.
The annual event, initiated by the Zonta Cub of Christchurch South in 1990 to celebrate the sporting achievements of talented young Cantabrians, is a highlight of the year for award winners. Winners were found from 150 nominations (counting teams as one) that were received from 21 schools in the School Sport Canterbury Area, including Kaikoura, North Canterbury and the West Coast.
The winners were:
CATEGORY ONE: The award for the most valued contribution to a team by a young sports woman or sportsman who is not eligible for nomination in Categories 4 or 6.
WINNER Kate BOYD, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Netball
Highly Commended Alana WOUTERS, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Basketball
Finalists Emilie AITKEN, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Touch
WINNER Lawrence ARUNDELL, St Andrew’s College, Trap Shooting
Highly Commended Jackson TAYLOR, Shirley Boys’ High School, Rugby
Finalists Lewey HEALE, Christ’s College, Hockey, Ben HUSSEY Papanui High School, Basketball
CATEGORY TWO: The award for contribution to sports administration by a young woman and a young man in a position of umpire, referee, coach or tutor
WINNER Renee RAE, Marian College, Netball
Finalists Ketana ARMSTRONG, Burnside High School, Netball, Sara COX, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Hockey. Ashley NUTTALL, Papanui High School, Netball. Maia VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Papanui High School, Netball, Ella DOWLING, Burnside High School, Water Polo
WINNER Will HUTCHINSON, Christ’s College, Touch
Highly Commended Isaac DUNN, St Bede’s College, Karate
Finalists Max CHICK, Rangiora High School, Basketball, Ralph CLINK, St Andrew’s College, Football & Futsal, Bryce HYDE, Kaiapoi High School, Rugby, Harry SKIRROW, Rangiora High School, Basketball
CATEGORY THREE: The award for the most outstanding achievement by a young sports woman and a young sportsman with a disability.
WINNER Christina SHEPHERD, St Andrew’s College, Athletics
Finalists Lilian EXTON, Avonside Girls’ High School, Boccia, Athletics
WINNER William STEDMAN, Middleton Grange School, Athletics
Finalists George ADAM, St Andrew’s College, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Jason SMITH, Papanui High School, Athletics
CATEGORY FOUR: The award for the most outstanding individual achievement by a young sportswoman and a young sportsman specialising in one sport.
WINNER Amelia GARVEY, Burnside High School, Golf
Highly Commended Britney ALDRIDGE, Papanui High School, Karate, Rebecca LAKE, Marian College, Football, Grace LOVERIDGE, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Rowing, Esra McGOLDRICK, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Basketball
Finalists Jessica ALLAN, St Andrew’s College, Netball, Hannah BATES, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Swimming, Tegen BISHOP, Rangiora High School, Surfing, Nadia EDMOND, St Margaret’s College, Karate
Daisy HOPKINS, St. Andrew’s College, Ice Hockey, Rebecca JONES, Oxford Area School, Archery, Britney-Lee NICHOLSON, St Andrew’s College, Football, Futsal, Emily STEWART, St Margaret’s College, Table tennis
Brittany TERREY, Papanui High School, Softball, Charlotte WHITTAKER, St Andrew’s College, Basketball
Emily WIUM, St. Margaret’s College, Hockey, Millicent SMITH, Marian College, Ice Hockey, Leah ZYDENBOS, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Equestrian
WINNER Ben TAYLOR, St Andrew’s College, Rowing
Highly Commended Tom BELL, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Duathlon, Thomas RUSSEL, St Andrew’s College, Rowing, William STEDMAN, Middleton Grange School, Athletics
Finalists Bailey CUMMING, Shirley Boys’ High School, Power Lifting, Reece FALCK, Shirley Boys’ High School, Tennis, Nils HEINIGER, Cashmere High School, Downhill Mountain Biking, Ryan JAMES, Shirley Boys’ High School Indoor Cricket, Matthew JONES, St Andrew’s College, Football, Reegan LAIDLAW, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Trampoline, William MACE-COCHRANE, St Andrew’s College, Hockey, Bailey O’DONNELL, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Cycling, Tom PARKER, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Golf
Jordan RIKI, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Rugby League, Seth TAUAMITI, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Rugby League
CATEGORY FIVE: The awards for the most outstanding team of young sportswomen and sportsmen or mixed team.
WINNER Christchurch Girls’ High School, Rowing Pair
Highly Commended Avonside Girls’ High School, Dragon Boating Team, Burnside High School, Table Tennis Team, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 1st XI Hockey Team, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Rowing Coxed Four
Finalists Burnside High School, Senior A Volleyball Team, Rangiora High School, 1st XI Football & Futsal Team, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Rowing Coxed Eight, St Andrew’s College, Senior A Netball
WINNERS Christ’s College, 1st XI Hockey Team, St Andrew’s College, Rowing Eight
Highly Commended Christchurch Boys’ High School, Golf Team
Christchurch Boys’ High School, Road Cycling Team , Greymouth High School, Multi Sport Team, St Andrew’s College, Rowing Coxed Four, Christchurch Boys’ High School, 1st XI Cricket Team, Burnside High School, Table Tennis Team
Finalists Rangiora High School, Rogaining Team, St Thomas of Canterbury College, 1st XI Football Team, Shirley Boys High School, Rowing Coxed Four
WINNER St Andrew’s College, Senior Mixed Tennis Team
Highly Commended Papanui High School, Pool Team
Finalists Darfield High School, Equestrian Team
CATEGORY SIX: The award for the best all round young sportswoman and young sportsman who has achieved in more than one sporting code
WINNER Brittany WANG, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Trampolining, Hockey, Athletics
Highly Commended Jessica ALLAN, St Andrew’s College, Netball, Touch, Athletics, Isabella CARTER, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Rugby, Cycling, Rowing, Cross Country, Charlotte LEE, St Margaret’s College, Hockey, Touch Mel PUCKETT, St Margaret’s College, Rugby, Hockey, Touch
Finalists Grace BROOKER, Christchurch Girls High School, Rugby, Touch, Basketball, Jayda STEWART, Papanui High School, Football, Touch, Lucy TURNER, Lincoln High School, Equestrian, Hockey, Helen MATTHEWS, Kaiapoi High School, Basketball, Rugby, Touch
WINNER Glen BEARDSLEY, Shirley Boys’ High School, Rugby, Touch, Surf Lifesaving
Highly Commended Patrick ELIA, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Rugby, Rugby League, Touch, Volleyball
Finalists McGregor BEST, Shirley Boys’ High School, Rugby, Rowing, Nic LIDSTONE, Christ’s College, Hockey, Cricket, Max NGATAKI Shirley Boys’ High School, Rugby, Rowing
Fifteen year old freeski halfpipe athlete Nico Porteus is set to become New Zealand's youngest Winter Olympian next February as he joins his brother Miguel (18, freeski halfpipe) as one of the first athletes named to the New Zealand 2018 Olympic Winter Games Team.
An initial tranche of snowboard and freeski athletes were named at an informal ceremony on the shores of Lake Wanaka tdoay after they met both the Snow Sports NZ Nomination Criteria and the New Zealand Olympic Committee's tough 'top 16' selection standard early in the season.
Joining the Porteous brothers at PyeongChang 2018 in South Korea will be New Zealand Youth Olympians Finn Bilous (18 years, bronze and silver freeski medallist, Lillehammer 2016), Tiarn Collins (17, snowboard slopestyle and big air) and Rakai Tait (18, snowboard halfpipe).
2016 World Championship silver medallist Zoi Sadowski Synnott (16, snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air, currently ranked 3rd on FIS slopestyle list) is the last of six teenage athletes named to the team today.
At 32, Janina Kuzma returns for her second Olympic Games, having finished fifth in the women's freeski halfpipe at Sochi 2014. Carlos Garcia Knight (20, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air) who won bronze at the Winter Games NZ and 2017 World Championship ski cross silver medallist Jamie Prebble (26) complete the first selection announcement.
Further PyeongChang 2018 nominations and selections will take place between November and January and are expected to include additional freeski and snowboard athletes as well as athletes who continue to track well from speedskating, skeleton and alpine ski.
Today's selections are conditional on receiving an official FIS (International Ski Federation) quota place for the games.
The selection announcement ceremony also included the hand over of Te Mahutonga, the Olympic team's kakahu (cloak) from the Rio 2016 Olympic Team to the PyeongChang 2018 team.
NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith says she is delighted to be formally underway with building a team for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“With just over 100 days to go, we are very pleased to welcome the first athletes to the New Zealand Olympic Winter Team," she said. "These athletes compete in Olympic winter sports which require incredible physical and mental strength and they have undoubtedly earned the right to wear the fern at the Olympic Winter Games."
"The handing over of Te Mahutonga, our team cloak was a special moment, too, reminding us of the pride and honour with which our athletes represent New Zealand."
She added that with seven of the nine athletes named today being 20 years old or younger, the selection announcement demonstrates the depth of young talent currently within New Zealand snow sports.
Chef de Mission Pete Wardell said that today's announcement highlights the commitment and capability of the New Zealand athletes.
“It’s a huge achievement for the athletes selected today. The freeski and snowboard disciplines are incredibly challenging and these athletes take huge risks every time they compete. I warmly welcome them to the team and look forward to supporting them as they wear the silver fern at the Olympic Winter Games next February."
"We also wish those athletes continuing to work towards being nominated and selected for PyeongChang 2018 all the best at their upcoming events," he said.
Snow Sports NZ High Performance Director Ashley Light added his congratulations.
"The ski and snowboard athletes named today are tracking well to deliver strong performances at PyeongChang 2018. It really does take an elite snow sports athlete to be able take on the Olympic features in the 22 metre half pipe, on the 30 metre plus high jumps, on the slopestyle course and race on the technically difficult ski cross course.
"The tricks and technical skiing the athletes selected today have demonstrated rate amongst the best in the world.
"As a programme, we have been focused on qualifying athletes early in the qualification window, to enable a complete focus on preparation for the Olympic features and race tracks, we are delighted the first group of athletes have now been confirmed to the team, with more nominations and selections expected."
The athletes themselves are pleased to have been confirmed early to the team. Nico Porteous, who will be 16 years and 78 days on the first day of the games, says he's ready to take on the halfpipe at PyeongChang 2018.
“It's been a big dream of mine to represent my country at the Olympic Winter Games, there's been lots of build up so for it be finally happening is very cool. It's going to be pretty awesome to get to compete alongside my brother as well,” he said.
"Everything's going really well, I've has a successful training period at spring camp, I've been training well and getting all my tricks so I'm ready to go."
Freeski halfpipe athlete Janina Kuzma is looking forward to her second Olympic Winter Olympic Games.
"I'm feeling really good, I'm working on putting together my runs and getting them really solid. I've got some good training camps and competitions coming up so it's time to throw down," she said.
The athletes named today, along with those still working towards nomination and selection, will now head to the Northern Hemisphere for the pre-Olympic winter season.
The Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea February 9-25.
A team of around 20 New Zealand athletes is expected to compete at the games.
Up to 95 nations and 3000 athletes will compete in 7 sports, 15 disciplines and 102 events in PyeongChang.
The athletes, including their sports and disciplines, named in the initial selection announcement are:
Rakai Tait (US based)
Discipline: Snowboard Halfpipe
Additional info: Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games, sixth in halfpipe and 13th in slopestyle.
Miguel Porteous (Christchurch)
Discipline: Freeski Halfpipe
Additional info: 2017 X-Games silver medallist. Miguel was the youngest rider on the 2017 X Games Aspen superpipe roster. Miguel also enjoyed success on the World Cup circuit, with a sixth place finish at Copper Mountain and a fifth place at the 2017 Winter Games NZ.
Nico Porteous (Christchurch)
Discipline: Freeski Halfpipe
Age: 15 – Nico will be New Zealand’s youngest ever Winter Olympian, aged just 16 years and 78 days old on the first day of the games (Kendall Brown was our previous youngest at Torino 2006).
Additional info: Youngest person in the world to land a triple cork 1440. Nico impressed the home crowds at Cardrona Alpine Resort this season with a win at the Continental Cup Halfpipe. He was also on top form at the 2017 Winter Games NZ where he qualified in second place for the Halfpipe World Cup and finished in sixth in the finals. Nico finished eighth in the Halfpipe World Cup event staged in Bokwang Phoenix Park, which was the official test event ahead of next year's PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Janina Kuzma (Wanaka)
Discipline: Freeski Halfpipe
Additional info: Fifth place halfpipe, Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 2014/15 Sprint US Grand Prix Series winner.
Finn Bilous (Wanaka)
Discipline: Freeski Slopestyle
Additional info: Competed at Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games winning a silver medal in halfpipe and a bronze medal in slopestyle.
Zoi Sadowski Synnott (Wanaka)
Discipline: Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowboard Big Air
Additional info: 2016 World Championships silver, slopestyle. 2016 World Cup gold, slopestyle. Snow Sports NZ Snowboarder of the Year 2017 and Overall Athlete of the Year 2017.
Tiarn Collins (Queenstown)
Discipline: Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowboard Big Air
Additional info: Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games, fourth place, slopestyle.
Carlos Garcia Knight (Christchurch)
Discipline: Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowboard Big Air
Additional info: Snowboard Junior World Championships, silver, slopestyle. Won his first World Cup medal (bronze, slopestyle) at the 2017 Winter Games NZ.
Jamie Prebble (Christchurch)
Discipline: Ski Cross
Additional info: 2017 World Championships, silver medal. Snow Sports NZ Freeskier of the Year 2017.
On Thursday 232rd November, College Sport Auckland will host the 27th Annual Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, recognising the outstanding achievements of Auckland youth in sport across many categories. Before this years nominations are announced, it is great to be able to look back at the premier winners in both female and male categories since 1991.
Young Sportsman of the Year
Kyle Brown - King’s College - Cricket
David Green - Auckland Grammar School - Cycling
Jonah Lomu - Wesley College - Rugby Union
Daniel Slater - Kristin School - Yachting
Quinton Sanft - De La Salle College - Rugby Union
Nathan Richmond - Saint Kentigern College - Triathlon
Ryan Archibald - Auckland Grammar School - Hockey
Scott Talbot-Cameron - Rosmini College - Swimming
Scott Talbot-Cameron - Rosmini College - Swimming
Simon Rea - Auckland Grammar School - Tennis
Michael Bullot - Westlake Boys High School - Yachting
Terenzo Bozzone - Rangitoto College - Triathlon
Daniela Teutau - De La Salle College - Rugby Union
Corney Swanepoel - Rangitoto College - Swimming
Simon Child - Kings College - Hockey
Michael Arms - Auckland Grammar School - Rowing
Paul Snow-Hansen - Takapuna Grammar School - Yachting
Daniel Bell - Massey High School - Swimming
Robert Loe - Westlake Boys High School - Basketball
Jacko Gill - Takapuna Grammar School - Athletics
Joshua Hawkins - Sacred Heart College - Athletics
Tai Webster - Westlake Boys High School - Basketball
Jack Salt - Westlake Boys High School - Basketball
Dylan Schmidt - Kings College - Gymsports
Cole Evans - Mt Albert Grammar School - Softball
Daniel Hoy - Westlake Boys High School - Triathlon
Young Sportswoman of the Year
Beatrice Faumuina - Lynfield College - Athletics
Emily Drumm - Avondale College - Cricket
Sarah Ulmer - Diocesan School for Girls - Cycling
Nicola Kaiwai - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Tennis
Sheryl Clarke - Auckland Girls Grammar School - Netball
Vanessa Cheatley - Massey High School - Cycling
Sarah Macky - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Yachting
Rebecca Winstone - St Cuthbert’s College - Trampolining
Danica Aitken - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Gymnastics - Sport Aerobics
Monique Robins - Takapuna Grammar School - Swimming
Valerie Adams - Southern Cross Campus - Athletics
Melissa Ingram - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Swimming
Frances Kreft - Diocesan School for Girls - Hockey
Phillis Meti - Epsom Girls Grammar School - All-Rounder
Lynlee Smith - Westlake Girls High School - Water Polo
Rebecca Spence - Rangitoto College - Triathlon
Annalie Longo - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Football
Anna Green - Epsom Girls Grammar School - Football
Samantha Harrison - Diocesan School for Girls - Hockey
Cecilia Cho - Pakuranga College - Golf
Lydia Ko - Pinehurst College - Golf
Lydia Ko - Pinehurst College - Golf
Gabrielle Fa’amausili - Avondale College - Swimming
Eliza McCartney - Takapuna Grammar School - Athletics
Bryony Botha - Rangitoto College - Cycling
Ella Simanu - Diocesan School for Girls - Rowing
The Moko New Zealand Junior Surfing Team are poised and ready to compete on the eve of the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship being held in Japan starting tomorrow.
The Moko New Zealand Junior Surfing team is:
Under 18 Boys
Elliott Brown (Dun)
Jared Gebert (Ohope)
Jonas Tawharu (Mnt)
Kehu Butler (Mnt)
Under 18 Girls
Elin Tawharu (Mnt)
Raiha Ensor (Mnt)
Under 16 Boys
Caleb Cutmore (Ham)
Dylan Preston (Mnt)
Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland)
William Van Der Beek (Mnt)
Under 16 Girls
Saffi Vette (Gis)
Tegen Bishop (Chch)
Team Manager: Damien Galvan (Mnt)
Team Coach: Khan Butler (Mnt)
The Kiwis have spent the past three days familiarising themselves with the waves and culture of Japan.
“The team are in good spirits and they are all surfing well in the tiny conditions we have had so far” commented team coach Khan Butler.
“I think the two training weekends at the Mount were good prep for here. They have been holding their own out amongst the pack which was our aim when surfing the comp bank and now they have heaps of confidence coming into the event” he added.
The team will contest the SANZ Trophy today against South Africa as a warm up to the main event.
Saturday will see the team participate in the Parade of Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony before the surfing action commences on Sunday and runs through until October 1st.
The swell is forecast to build throughout the first three days of the event before tapering off for the latter half of the week. The swell forecast will please the New Zealand Team despite their preparations in the small waves.
The twelve Kiwi team members will be led by the Under 18 Boys and Girls. 2016 bronze medallist Elin Tawharu (Mnt) steps up a division and is joined by Raiha Ensor (Mnt), the two girls aiming for podium finishes this year. Ensor also competed at the ISA World Surfing Games held in France earlier in the year so has had a good build-up of international competition this year.
Kehu Butler (Mnt) has spent much of the first nine months of this year competing overseas and will go into the Boys Division as one of the favourite surfers at the event. He is joined by Elliot Brown (Dun) and Jonas Tawharu (Mnt), two surfers that attended the Fiji Launch Pad High Performance Camp during July this year. Second time team member Jared Gebert (Ohope) rounds out the four boys as a late replacement for Daniel Farr (Tara) who is continuing his World Qualifying Series campaign with a QS3000 event in the Philippines.
Gold Coast based Kaya Horne is the most experienced of the surfers in the Under 16 Boys Division having contested the event on two previous occasions. Horne is joined by three first-time team members in William Van Der Beek (Mnt), Caleb Cutmore (Ham) and Dylan Preston (Mnt). The girls are represented by Saffi Vette (Gis) and Tegen Bishop (Cant), the two surfers being first time team members.
The 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is being streamed live via ISAWorlds.com. Japan is three hours behind New Zealand and action is expected to get underway at 8:00am daily (11:am NZT).
The New Zealand Team finished 10th at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Championship which was won by France with Australia in second, Hawaii in third and this years’ hosts Japan in fourth. The Kiwi team will aim to break into the top eight to qualify for the Aloha Cup at future events.
Thirty young Ultimate Frisbee players will cross the Tasman next weekend to represent New Zealand against Australia. This event will be the third Under 18 trans-Tasman Ultimate competition, now a regular fixture in the youth high performance calendar of both countries and traditionally held in the off-year of the biannual World Junior Ultimate Championships.
The tournament will take place at the Balmain Road Sporting Grounds in Sydney on 30 September and 1 October 2017 with three games each for the Under 18 Men’s and Under 18 Women’s teams. This year will see the event livestreamed for the first time, allowing fans in both Australia and New Zealand to follow the action live through the Ultimate Australia YouTube channel.
New Zealand are the holders of the trans-Tasman Trophy in the U18 Women’s division after an exciting 2-1 series win in Auckland in 2015. Kahu (NZ Junior Women’s team) will be aiming to be the first team to win the trophy away from home with the host country winning all previous encounters. They head into the competition with a strong team of 14 players including 7 who were part of the team that finished 6th at last year’s World Junior Ultimate Championships.
The New Zealand Junior Men’s (Katipo) will be looking to avenge their 1-2 series loss in 2015 and bring the trans-Tasman trophy home for the first time since the inaugural competition in 2011. Despite only 4 returners from WJUC, the team has a lot of skill and athleticism and is looking forward to the challenge Australia will present.
The trans-Tasman Trophy is a key stepping stone for both teams as they look to prepare for the 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships to be held in Waterloo, Canada next August.
Tournament Schedule (times are listed in Sydney local time and NZ Time – note the change in time difference due to Australian Daylight Savings on Sunday morning).
Saturday 30 September
9.00am: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 1 (12.00pm New Zealand Time)
10.30am: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 1 (1.30pm New Zealand Time)
1.30pm: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 2 (4.30pm New Zealand Time)
3.00pm: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 2 (6.00pm New Zealand Time)
Sunday 1 October
9.00am: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 3 (11.00am New Zealand Time)
12.00pm: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 3 (2.00pm New Zealand Time)
Tournament Facebook Event
New Zealand Ultimate website
Livestream Coverage via Ultimate Australia YouTube Channel
The New Zealand teams are:
KAHU – NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR WOMEN’S ULTIMATE TEAM
Abi Liddell (Wellington High School)
Anna Crosby (Auckland University)
Beth Thompson (Hutt Valley High School)
Bianca Mercer (Epsom Girls High School)
Bridget Forsyth (Hutt Valley High School)
Emma Doile (Hutt Valley High School)
Farren Halliday (St Catherine’s College)
Helena Cvitanovich (Hutt Valley High School)
Hillary Sheridan (Hutt Valley High School)
Lucy Parsons (Epsom Girls Grammar School)
Maia Mance (Canterbury University)
Nicole Svensden (Takapuna Grammar School)
Sunny Zhou (Epsom Girls Grammar School)
Zoe Risner (Victoria University)
Head Coach – Iain Stewart
Assistant Coach – Sally Neal
Manager – Riah Mildenhall
KATIPO – NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR MEN’S ULTIMATE TEAM
Andrew Fitzpatrick-Cockram (Auckland Grammar School)
Campbell Nauman (St Bede’s College)
Graydon Scott (New Plymouth Boys' High School)
Hamish Forde (Westlake Boys' High School)
Jack Doherty-Eagles (Auckland Grammar School) Replaced by Daniel Linklater
Jack Doile (Hutt Valley High School)
Josh Driscoll (Auckland Grammar School)
Luca Mercer (Auckland Grammar School)
Luke Rabe (New Plymouth Boys High School)
Max Benter-Lynch (Cashmere High School)
Nicholas Whitlock (Auckland Grammar School)
Rory Coxill-Bogacki (Wellington High School)
Rowan Burns (Auckland Grammar School)
Russell Syder (Hutt Valley High School)
Sean McKeown (Auckland Grammar School)
Tane Rolfe (Hutt Valley High School)
Head Coach – Warren Buckingham
Manager – Mike Sheridan
Congratulations to the Senior National Champions from Winter Tournament Week 2017
National Senior Champions
Regional Senior Champions:
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