Westlake Boys’ High School badminton player Oscar Guo has been named to the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The 17 year old was selected following strong results at international events early in the year, including the Men’s Singles title at the North Harbour International – his first international title at a senior level.
Guo was ranked 12th on the Badminton World Federation Junior World Ranking List for the Youth Olympic Games and will compete in the men’s singles event and the mixed team event, where he will team up with other youth athletes from around the world.
Guo says he’s looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games and plans to learn a lot from the experience.
“I’m excited to represent New Zealand at the highest level. I hope to perform well on the world stage and put New Zealand on the map.
“I have a long preparation over the next 5 months so I’ll be working hard with our National Coach to peak at the games.”
He began playing the sport at just four years old.
“I was always at the badminton hall as a child as my parents played a lot. It wasn’t long before I picked up a racket too.”
Career highlights so far for Guo was winning the North Harbour International Singles title (first senior international title) and being crowned Oceania Junior Champion back to back (2015 and 2017)
He says he is inspired by wanting to perform well for his family and friends and for himself. “I want to be satisfied and know at the end of the games I did my best and I have no regrets. I want to eventually go to the Olympic Games and perform well on the world stage.”
Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock extended his congratulations to Guo.
“We are very proud of Oscar’s achievement. He is a dedicated player who trains and competes exceptionally hard.
“His selection is well-earned, and we have no doubt that Oscar will deliver his best performance in Buenos Aires.”
While no further quota places are available the NZOC has also conditionally selected Jenny Zhu subject to a quota place being reallocated from another country.
The Youth Olympic Games run from 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Triathletes Brea Roderick (Mount Hutt College) and Dylan McCullough (formerly Saint Kentigern College) have been selected to represent New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in October.
The two were selected following strong results in the youth division of the 2018 New Plymouth OTU Triathlon, which doubled as the Oceania Youth Olympic Games qualifying event. McCullough placed first at the event, with Roderick taking second in her division (but being the first placed New Zealander).
At the Youth Olympic Games the athletes will both compete in the individual event. They will also join Australian triathletes to form an Oceania team for the mixed team relay event.
17 year old McCullough has been racing for almost a decade and left school at St Kent’s at the end of last year to focus on triathlon.
“I first got into the sport when I was around nine years old as my older brother was competing in triathlons,” he says. “I’m inspired by the top triathletes in the world and having that motivation to hopefully be on the world stage where they are one day.”
16 year old Roderick first experienced the sport at an interschool competition when she was 13.
“I love that you get to compete and train in three different disciplines, it's a lot of fun.”
New Zealand has a strong history in triathlon at the Youth Olympic Games with Aaron Barclay winning at Singapore 2010, and Daniel Hoy placing second four years later at Nanjing 2014. New Zealand athletes also combined with the Australian pair in the Mixed Relay Team Event to win silver in 2010 and bronze in 2014.
The reserve athletes (non-travelling) for the event are Olivia Cummings (women’s triathlon event) and Reuben Thompson (men’s triathlon event).
The Youth Olympic Games run from 6–18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
About Brea Roderick and Dylan McCullough
Christchurch triathlete Brea Roderick has competed at several International Triathlon Union events.
Roderick was part of the New Zealand team which placed first at the Australian U19 Mixed Team Relay championship in Adelaide in 2018.
The Mount Hutt College student will be attending the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games at the age of 16.
Roderick has an ITU World Ranking of 530 (as at May 2018).
Auckland triathlete Dylan McCullough has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games at the age of 17.
Dylan recorded his best International Triathlon Union finish at the 2018 New Plymouth OTU Triathlon Oceania YOG Qualifier and Junior Oceania Championships where he finished first in the Youth Division and fourth overall in the Junior (under 19) Division.
McCullough attended St Kentigern College in Auckland and finished school (year 12) at the end of 2017.
McCullough has an ITU World Ranking of 435 (as at May 2018).
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named a trio of paddlers to the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to held from6-18 October.
Finn Anderson from Tauranga Boys' College will contest the men’s C1 events (1 person canoe).
Kahlia Cullwick from Mt Maunganui College will contest the women’s C1 events (1 person canoe).
George Snook from Rotorua Lakes High School who’ll contest the men’s K1 events (1 person kayak). George is a member of New Zealand’s under 18 Canoe Slalom team and is currently in Munich, where he’s training ahead of the ICF Junior World Championships in Italy in July.
The paddlers secured their spots by competing at the Youth Olympic Games qualification event in Barcelona in April.
They race in both the slalom and sprint disciplines at the Youth Olympic Games.
All three have come through the Canoe Slalom NZ Development Squad and both George and Kahlia competed at the inaugural AIMS Games canoe slalom event in 2016, with George winning the Year 8 boys event.
Finn Anderson’s been a devoted paddler from a young age and is proud to be following in the footsteps of the Bay of Plenty’s Olympic slalom athletes Mike Dawson and Luuka Jones.
“It’s pretty good having a couple of awesome athletes like them to look up to. Luuka winning that silver medal at Rio was huge, it’s pretty cool to show we can do that as a southern hemisphere country.”
Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty coach Matt McKnight expects the New Zealanders to stack up well against the world’s best young paddlers.
“It’s pretty amazing for us to get three spots and these guys have a good chance over there. They work hard and train at least four hours a week for slalom then three hours for sprint and we’ll do another big training push ahead of Buenos Aires.”
Oliver Puchner has been selected as the non-travelling reserve for Finn Anderson in the Men’s C1 Events. Henry Hall has been selected as the non-travelling reserve for George Snook in the Men’s K1 Events.
Age at Games: 16
High School: Tauranga Boys College.
Career highlight: 2nd placing in slalom at Youth Olympic Games qualifier in Barcelona.
How did you get into your sport: I got into slalom because my dad was a paddler and it’s massive at my school.
What do you love about the sport: The whitewater and the fun and the thrill of getting things right.
What inspires you: I just love the sport and everything about it!
Age at Games: 14
High School: Mt Maunganui College.
Career highlight: Youth Olympic Games qualifier in Barcelona.
How did you get into your sport: I tried it with a friend at intermediate school and Dad had done a bit of paddling years ago so he really helped me on my way as well.
What do you love about the sport: I love paddling and adventure and water splashing in my face. I also love the challenge and the thrill that you get from it.
What inspires you: There are amazing ladies and people out there who do this sport and I’d love to be as awesome as them.
Age at Games: 15
High School: Rotorua Lakes High School.
Career highlight: Making the New Zealand under 18 Canoe Slalom team at just 14 years old.
How did you get into your sport: I grew up surrounded by the sport, dad used to jam me between his legs when he went out paddling and I live by Kaituna river.
What do you love about the sport: All the good times with friends and family in training, after competing and just on the water in general is pretty awesome.
What inspires you: I want to be my best, push the sport and have fun. Big thanks to my family and friends for supporting me with everything
Roger Moses has left Wellington College after 23 years as headmaster. A passionate advocate for sport at one of New Zealand’s leading boys schools, College Sport Media caught up with Roger for some reflections on his long tenure at the school
What’s the best sporting moment your saw at Wellington College?
That’s a really difficult question because there have been so many. It would be unfair to single one out, but I guess winning the coxed fours at Maadi Cup in 2001 was a standout. I have seen many outstanding rugby finals. In 2001 we won the Gillette Cup cricket and last year we won the Wellington basketball title for the first time in my tenure with a bucket in the final second.
Who are the best athletes you saw at Wellington College?
We’ve been lucky to have a number of outstanding athletes across several codes. James Franklin was a fourth former when I started as headmaster. He is one of the few cricketers in test history to have scored a century, taken five wickets in an innings and claimed a hat-trick.
We’ve had some tremendous rugby players. Lima Sopoaga is a tremendous young man and became an All Black. All four of his brothers captained the First XV.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona is the biggest man in the NRL and when he made the Kiwis last year I was lucky to spend two or three hours with him when the team was in Wellington.
In rowing George Bridgewater and Peter Taylor went to the Olympics and became World Champions. Leo Bertos and Tim Brown in football were All Whites and original Phoenix players.
There have been many more internationals, but just as important as the superstars are the hundreds of good boys who have enjoyed their school sport.
Who are the biggest disappointments, those who you thought would kick on but didn’t?
Unfortunately that’s all too common. I think there is so much pressure placed on many to perform in sport that it becomes the exclusion of everything else and eventually results in burnout and disillusionment.
How do you deal with sportsmen with big egos disinterested in school?
That’s a good question. I think many of our top sportsmen are very decent citizens. Their approach to life is becoming increasingly holistic due to professionalism.
However I believe it's our job as educators to provide balance. I’m reminded of The Great Gatsby, a book I used to teach when I was an English teacher. There is a character in the book named Tom Buchanan. He is a rather unpleasant guy, but he had it all. By the age of 21 he is described as having reached an acute limited excellence that everything afterward savours of anticlimax.
All too often we have seen the lives of retired sportsman turn to custard because of they have limited their excellence to one field.
What’s the biggest challenge running sport in a high school today as opposed to 20 years ago?
I think there’s a greater concentration of top sportsmen in fewer schools and that’s not necessarily a good thing for local competition. There are a number of athletes being lured into careers by agents. They are being promised a great deal, but those promises don’t always come to fruition.
There is research that suggests young men are better off playing more than one sport before they turn 18, but out of necessity to compete at the top level they find this increasingly difficult to do.
The level of expertise required to coach a leading First XV and First XI is far greater today than what it was 20 years ago. This presents challenges around coaching and resources.
What is your view on repeat sportsmen?
I’m mixed about this and genuinely so. It’s easy to be cynical and suggest boys are only returning to school to play sport and win a championship.
On the other hand keeping boys in school can open up real pathways both sporting and academic, which improve their lives. We’ve occasionally had repeats at Wellington College. In 2009, I think we had five or six in the First XV.
We must remember some boys are immigrants with little education in their background. If staying at school for another year can open up real pathways for those boys then I think there is a strong argument in defence of repeats.
Does the McEvedy Shield have a future? It’s been a source of pleasure and angst?
I think the McEvedy Shield brings out the best and worst of a boys school. The athletics is always fantastic. The boys train hard and compete hard which is fantastic. The McEvedy Shield is tribal which can have negative connotations, but at the same time it's great to see boys take pride in their schools.
Have boys become too mollycoddled?
If you come to the top field at Wellington College at lunch time there is all sorts of things going on, games of rugby, football, touch. I think we have to be careful not to deny boys a physical outlet for their restless energy. By the same token boys are much bigger these days and collisions so we have to be careful to avoid serious injury. Sometimes I used to visit the medical room at Wellington College after lunch. It was pretty interesting.
What’s the biggest personal difference you have made in sport as a headmaster?
I guess that’s for others to judge, but one thing I learnt from my old boss Sir John Graham was to take an active interest in sport. You can’t run a boys school without appreciating the positive impact sport can have on the lives of young men. John used to walk the sidelines every weekend supporting Auckland Grammar boys. I have put hours into supporting Wellington College boys, everything from 55c rugby to underwater hockey. I think it’s been a great way to connect with the boys. You can’t underestimate the impact of the boys knowing they have someone in their corner, even if I have barracked too loud at times.
What would you like to see change in high school sport?
I would like to see more youngsters involved in sport and if that means a diversification of codes then so be it. Sport is a great way to make friendships, build character and enhance personal development. We need to ensure sporting experiences are as rich for the elite as they are for the average competitor.
The New Zealand Junior Women’s Floorball team, featuring nine current secondary school players, lines up against the best sides of the world next month at the eighth Women´s U19 World Floorball Championships in Switzerland.
For the first time, New Zealand is sending a team to the World Cup tournament, alongside 15 other countries.
For all but two players it will be their first time overseas representing New Zealand but for five of the team, including Mia Solomon and Marie Sundin who College Sport Media caught up with at their recent training camp, not their first time wearing the black fern.
“Last year we played for the New Zealand Women’s Floorball team, we played lots of other international teams like China, Malaysia and Thailand,” said Mia, who is year 12 at Wellington East Girls’ College.” New Zealand finished sixth overall in that tournament, missing out on the Senior World Cup by two spots. “The whole U19 squad is really excited to be heading to Europe for this World Cup,” Mia enthused.
The tournament runs from 2-6 May but the New Zealand squad will be arriving early to acclimatise and to play some matches against local club teams.
Floorball is an indoor version of hockey with plastic sticks and a lightweight plastic ball.
It is akin to ice hockey, played inside an enclosed rink with the goals set in play so play continues behind them. There are five players plus a goalie on the court at any one time. Positions include centre, left and right wings, left and right defenders and a goalie. Plus need to be flexible and be able to play multiple positions.
Over 300,000 people around the world play the sport and there are professional leagues in parts of Europe.
Like the indoor football game, futsal, floorball is fast-paced to play and action-packed to watch, and success in Switzerland could be a catalyst for growth.
There are two divisions of eight teams each competing at the Junior World Championships. Being a first time entrant, New Zealand is in the B division, where the carrot for winning is a place in the top tier at the next U19 World Cup in two years.
“We are hoping to finish in the top two places of our pool, so we can go into the next round. We are playing Canada, Hungary and Russia, so it will be good competition for us.” said Mia.
Mia and Marie, who is year 13 at Wellington High School, said little is known about the opposition, but they will be expecting them to be fast and aggressive. All three – in particular Canada and Russia – have strong ice hockey cultures.
The four teams in the B division are Austria, USA, Latvia and Australia, who are also at the tournament for the first time.
In the A division, Sweden are the two-time defending champions and have won five of seven Junior Women’s World Championship tournaments since the first in 2004. Finland and host country Switzerland were the winners of the other two. These same countries dominate the Junior Men’s competition as well.
Like most players, Mia and Marie joined up through friends and got hooked. For most of the team floorball is their main sport, with players also with backgrounds in other sports such as swimming, netball, athletics and field hockey.
All nine of the current school-aged players heading to Switzerland competed in the recent NZSS tournament during Summer Tournament Week.
Wellington East Girls’ College won the Girls final, beating Samuel Marsden Collegiate 8-0, Pukekohe High School beat Wellington High School 5-4 and then Wellington High School reversed that with a 7-2 win to decide the Mixed competition and Wellington College beat Scots College 2-1 in the Boys final. There were also Boys and Girls U15 divisions, won by Rongotai College and Wellington East Girls’ College.
The players also play in club competitions. Mia and Marie, along with 10 of their New Zealand teammates, play for the Wellington Storm club. Two others play for the Upper Hutt and Drury clubs.
As well as the Women, the New Zealand U19 Men’s team is set to play World Cup Qualification games in Wellington from 27-29 September against Australia and Japan. Their World Cup tournament is next year.
For more information about the Floorball U19 Women’s World Cup visit the official tournament website here
The New Zealand Junior Women’s Floorball team is (Schools of current school players in brackets):
For the second year, Southland Secondary Schools Sport have organised a sports day for International students, which will be happening this Friday.
This is in response to the number of exchange students and International students studying in Southland schools and industry such as dairying that bring in overseas families to the region. In many cases these students being in an unfamiliar environment are shy and reserved.
Southland Secondary Schools sports director Fiona Ward believes sport is a great vehicle for trying to integrate these students and help them to form associations.
“Last year’s inaugural event was a huge hit for the students and schools were very positive about the day, requesting we hold in annually,” says Ward.
“We currently have 130 students registered to take part in six sports at the ILT Stadium .Last year we only offered four sports which were chosen because they are viewed as global sports .They were badminton, basketball, volleyball and futsal. We have added two more sports this year which are track cycling and squash. Students will get to participate in two sports options as opposed to one from last year.”
Students will be put into teams so they will be mixed in with students from other schools.
The sport development officers will provide some coaching initially then students will get to play the games in a short tournament format.
In holding the event in term one the aim is it will help with the integration of students in their schools and give them the opportunity to participate in a sport on a weekly basis as the year develops and with the winter sport season just around the corner.
International Students Sports Day schedule:
10.30am -10.45am: Greeting Introduction of Development Officers and organising students to sports
10.45am- 12.00pm: First sports option
12.00pm-12.30pm: Lunch break (chance for students to mingle)
12.30pm-1.45pm: Second sports option
1.45pm -2.15pm: Prize giving
Congratulations to the team sport national champions crowned at this year’s Summer Tournament Week:
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,Auckland Grammar School (Open Division) and Hutt Valley High School (Girls Division) won the annual NZSS Ultimate Championships held in Taupo this week.
Auckland Grammar won their final over Hutt Valley High School boys 12-10, while HVHS defeated Gisborne’s Lyttton High Scool 10-6 in their final in the tournament at Owen Delany Park on Monday and Tuesday.
AGS had earlier wins in the tournament against Wellington High School (13-3), New Plymouth Boys’ High School (12-5), Lytton High School (13-4), HVHS (13-9, first meeting), Green Bay High School 2 (13-0) and Westlake Boys’ High School (13-3).
HVHS defeated Lytton High School (7-6, first meeting), lost to Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (3-9), beat Takapuna Grammar Schoool (13-2), before beating Lytton again in the final.
The closeness of the Girls competition was a feature of the tournament. After the opening round, EGGS had beaten HVHS, who beat Lytton High School, who beat Epsom.
In the Open division Wellington High School (mixed teams with three New Zealand U20 Kahu girls in it - Abi Liddell, Amelia Mance and Sophie Mance) beat finalist Hutt Valley High School. Although this was not to have a bearing on the overall outcome.
NPBHS' result was very good given they are a new team of Year 13s based around their two New Zealand representative U20 Katipo Boys Graydon Scott and Luke Rabe, who only started playing last year.
Also of note at this note at this NZSS event was the opportunities for youth leadership being offered and taken up. Tane Rolfe, Emma Doile and Beth Thompson (members of the NZ U20 teams who are now at university) all came with teams as coaches. Anna Crosby (Kahu Captain) was there as a tournament volunteer and the tournament was organised and run by ex-Kahu player Julia Forde, who is 21 and this was her 5th NZSS Ultimate Championships as the tournament director.
For full results go here http://nzssuc.ultimatecentral.com/e/2018-nz-secondary-school-ultimate-championships/schedule
1st Auckland Grammar School
2nd Hutt Valley High School 1
3rd Hamilton Boys High School
4th Westlake Boys’ High School
5th New Plymouth Boys’ High School
6th Wellington High School
7th Onslow College
8th Takapuna High School
9th Lytton High School
10th Green Bay High School 1
11th Hutt Valley High School 2
12th Green Bay High School 2
Winner of the Spirit of the Game Award: Wellington High School
Most Valuable Player: Hamish Forde (Westlake Boys’ High School)
1st Hutt Valley High School
2nd Lytton High School
3rd Epsom Girls’ High School
4th Takapuna Grammar School
Winner of the Spirit of the Game Award: Hutt Valley High School
Most Valuable Player: Katja Neef (Takapuna Grammar School)
New Zealand U20 teams preparing for World Junior Championships
The World Junior Ultimate Championships are in Waterloo, Canada from 19-25 August. New Zealand will be represented in both the Under 20 Men's and Under 20 Women's divisions.
New Zealand will be part of 19 teams contesting the U20 Men's division in Canada, while 16 teams will participate in the U20 Women's division.
New Zealand also competed at the last WJUC event in 2016 in Poland where Katipo (NZ U20 Men) finished 13th out of 20 teams and Kahu (NZ U20 Women) finished 6th out of 20.
Girls and Boys who were named in the National Junior Teams who attended this week's tournament were:
Summer Tournament Week is on all this coming week, with 10,000 students involved. College Sport Media can't wait.
Here are some of the major national titles to be resolved below, with a number of regional events taking place as well.
Please contact CSM if you have any photos or stories you would like to share.
NZSS Baseball Senior Tournament
When: 22-24 March
NZSS 3x3 Basketball Championships
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Canoe Polo Championships
When: 16-18 March
NZSS Junior Boys Cricket
Where: Palmerston North
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Dragon Boat Championships
Where: Lake Hood, Ashburton
When: 23-24 March
NZSS Floorball Championships
When: 24-25 March
NZSS Futsal Championships
Where: Wellington and Lower Hutt
When: 19-23 March
NZSS Mountain Biking Championships
When: 28 March
Downhill, Cross Country, Team Relays
NZSS Rowing Championships (Aon Maadi Cup)
Where: Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel
When: 19-24 March (Sunday 25 March reserve day)
NZSS Softball Championships
Where: Lower Hutt
When: 19-23 March
Boys and Girls, Division 1
NZSS Tennis Championships
When: 19-23 March
Boys, Girls and Mixed.
NZSS Track Cycling Championships
When: 20-21 March
NZSS Triathlon Championships
When: 19-20 March
NZSS Ultimate Championships
When: 19-20 March
NZSS Volleyball Championships
Where: Palmerston North
When: 18-23 March
NZSS Waka Ama Championships
Where: Tikitapu - Blue Lake (Rotorua)
When: 19-23 March
Lucy Makaea won 20 medals at the recent Northern Regional Life Saving Championships and this week she is heading to the National Championships in Gisborne, starting on Thursday. She is part of the New Zealand squad and hoping to be selected for the team to go to the World Championships in Adelaide at the end of the year.
College Sport Media: 2017 was a busy year for you in surf life saving - tell us about some of the highlights from last year?
Lucy Makaea: 2017 was definitely a massive year for me, both in the pool rescue side of surf life saving as well as the beach side of surf life saving. My favourite highlights would have to start with at surf lifesaving nationals held at Christchurch in March 2017 where I came away with a total of seven medals - winning gold in both swimming-based events – U16 women's run swim run and the U16 women's surf race. Also taking out the under 16 women's Taplin team event too and to be selected into the New Zealand surf lifesaving youth squad. A big highlight for me was to go over to Australia to compete in the Queensland surf lifesaving pool rescue championships and coming away with five individual medals (1 gold,2 slivers and 2 bronze). Also going to the Australian surf lifesaving pool rescue championships coming away with a silver in the 100m manikin tow with fins.
The highlight I'm the proudest of is when I broke the U19 women's 100m manikin tow with fins record as a first year of being in the U19 women's category. My time was 1.03.44. Also coming away with 3 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes, was an amazing achievement.
CSM: What are your favoured events?
Lucy: My favourite events in pool rescue side of surf lifesaving is the 100-manikin tow with fins and 100-manikin carry with fins. My favourite beach events of surf lifesaving is definitely the surf swim, run swim run, board and iron women.
I compete in all events in beach and pool. I love both pool rescue and I love the beach. Just being at the beach with the sun surf and sand, you get to travel to beaches all over the country and I just love being in the ocean. I love the pool because the events are so fun and it’s strength of mine.
CSM: Please explain the 100m manikin tow with fins event?
Lucy: The 100m manikin tow with fins is a race that involves a swimmer wearing fins and has a surf lifesaving yellow rescue tube on them. You dive in with your tube and fins, you swim to the end of the 50m pool where someone will be holding an orange manikin that is half filled with water. You must clip in the manikin up in the yellow tube as if it was a patient, in between a 5m margin and turn around and tow the manikin to the end of the pool.
CSM: You had an injury setback late last year?
Lucy: I first got my upper calf muscle injury at the Waipu northern regional inter-club in October. I injured it by running into a pot hole in the ocean. It was really frustrating not being able to train and do what I loved. There were many visits to the physio and acupuncture. About two-three weeks later I went to the northern regional inter-club at Muriwai, thinking I have recovered enough but I blew my upper right calf muscle again. This time it was running out of the water and my right leg hit a pot hole and pulled the muscle again. This was devastating for me. I continued with physio, acupuncture, cupping and resting for six weeks. The worst feeling was knowing that I was falling behind my competitors everyday i wasn't training. Not being able to train was hard and i missed it so much. Even though i was injured, it brought back a motivation and drive to train hard and get back to where i was before the injury.
CSM: You are in the New Zealand Youth Life Saving Squad and have nationals coming up this week in Gisborne. What are your expectations at Nationals and is the incentive there to be picked for the New Zealand World Championship team for Adelaide at the end of this year?
Lucy: I'm one of 10 girls and 10 boys in the squad. I've been training hard for nationals. I hope to medal at nationals, U19 Women’s is a hard age group. There are so many great athletes in that category and being first year U19, you have to do the extras to keep up but definitely medalling at nationals would be absolutely amazing.
It would be an absolute honour to be able to represent New Zealand at the world championships but there are so many athletes/contenders that are up for one of six places on the team. So it will definitely be a hard pick for the coaches.
CSM: Tell us about your training for your sport?
Lucy: Most mornings I have swimming training, and in five-six afternoons a week I have surf training with the Piha competition squad at Takapuna beach. When training is cancelled I go for a run and do something else to keep active. Sunday is my rest day where I kick back, relax and allow my body to recover from the week. Sunday is important to keep clear and do little so I can recover before the next week of trainings.
CSM: You are also the swim champion at Avondale College. What are your favoured swimming events, and do you swim competitively outside of school and separate to surf lifesaving?
Lucy: My favourite events for swimming are the 100m butterfly, 200 freestyle and 400m freestyle. I have recently moved to a new swim club which has been a really good change for me. I swim competitively with Mt Eden swimming club with Don Mckenna as my coach. I originally started swimming for surf and then it developed into its own separate sport.
CSM: Is it just you at Avondale College competing to a high level in surf lifesaving and in swimming, or are there others from your school?
Lucy: Ikko shibuya is a high levelled national medallist swimmer at my school, who trains at the same swimming club as me.
CSM: What is your background in swimming and surf lifesaving?
Lucy: I have been doing swimming since I was little but i didn't get into competitive swimming until I was 13. I started surf lifesaving when I was eight, some family friends told us to come and give it a shot since I loved the water so much and that's where it all started. I started competitive swimming because swimming was once my weakest disciple in the sport and now it's my strength in surf lifesaving.
CSM: A shout-out to your coaching and support?
Lucy: A big shout out to my surf coach Steven Ferguson for everything he has done for me pool side and beach side of surf lifesaving. He’s such an amazing coach pushing me to be the best I can be and the experience he has being a former surf athlete himself and being a 4 time Olympian has very useful in competing. Also to my swimming coach Don Mckenna who has trained me hard throughout the summer. He sets special trainings to benefit my surf lifesaving and is understanding when I can't make trainings because of surf lifesaving trainings and competitions. A massive shout out to my parents Gillian and Ray Makaea who have been supporting me from the start. They drive me from training to training, from one side of Auckland to the other, financially support me and are amazing parents. Huge thank you to them, I appreciate them so much and i wouldn't have been able to get this far in surf lifesaving without them.
CSM: Looking ahead, where would like to be heading with your sport when you leave school in 2019, and do you have plans yet for work, travel or study (or all three) in a year’s time?
Lucy: I’m still deciding but i would love to travel to Hawaii and Tahiti. Try to chase the sun would be a dream. I would like to study marine biology or oceanography because I'm passionate about the ocean and it's something I'm really interested in. I’m still going to be training full time for pool rescue and beach . Training in Australia for a couple of months and train with the best in the sport would be the main goal. I would like to enter the officiating side of surf and help out with the young athlete's competitions and giving back to the sport.
CSM: Thank you and good luck for the nationals and for the future!
2018 TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships, featuring 1500 athletes from U15s to Masters, from 15-18 March at Medway Beach, Gisborne.
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