Multi-talented teen achieves her water polo dream

Manukau Courier: Christina Middelbeek-Harrison’s dream of becoming a junior New Zealand water polo representative came true in Sydney on Sunday. The 15-year-old from Saint  Kentigern College realised it at the famous Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre where her New Zealand under-16 team is competing in the Sydney Youth Water Polo Festival. They’re up against Australian state teams that feature some of the best 16-year-olds in the country. Middelbeek-Harrison is excited about her first international outing and is determined make the three remaining days of competition her best. “I feel privileged, proud and humbled to be in a New Zealand team. My goals are to…

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Young cyclists selected for Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub

Fourteen teenage cyclists have been named to be part of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub programme. The Hub, launched in Auckland this week, is the fourth of a planned eight hubs by Cycling New Zealand to form a network around the country offering a pathway to the future success of high performance cycling in New Zealand. It follows regional cycling performance hubs, sponsored nationally by Subway, established in Waikato-Bay of Plenty and Otago-Southland along with a national hub for Mountain Bike in Rotorua. Head Coach of the Barfoot…

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Full wrap on latest Boys’ Prem Basketball

Lacey Lowdown: There was a full round of games in the College Sport Auckland Premier Basketball competition on Monday night. The feature game was Auckland Grammar School’s visit to Rangitoto College and it lived up to its billing with Grammar finishing strongly to win an entertaining encounter 82-71. There were also wins for Mt Albert Grammar, Westlake Boys and Rosmini College. At Rangitoto, Rua Winitana and Logan Anderson exchanged threes in the early skirmishes – Campbell Green and Thomas Whyte knocking down a brace of them as Grammar forged a…

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Auckland brothers take different paths to reach same goal

AucklandNOW: Two brothers, playing different codes at different schools, are both heading down the same promising path. Star Toa, 16, and Lepa, 18, play rugby league and rugby union respectively and are both making waves in their chosen sports. Star, a student at St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, is a rising league prodigy, having signed with the NRL’s Newcastle Knights. Last year, he was named Auckland Rugby League’s first 13 fullback of the year and made the New Zealand under-16 side. Lepa, currently at Tamaki College in Glen Innes, plays rugby union and has…

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Young sailor joins New Zealand yachting’s biggest names after national title win

AucklandNOW: Sacred Heart College student Sebastian Lardies is on course to be the country’s next America’s Cup helmsman. The 17-year-old was crowned New Zealand’s most recent national champion in yachtings 29er class earlier this month. However, winning the national title wasn’t what surprised Lardies most. A quick glance at the trophy showed the name of Team New Zealand  America’s Cup trimmer and cyclor and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Blair Tuke. Just below him, was 2016 Olympic silver medallists Molly Meech and Alex Maloney. Being in such prolific company was what really put it into perspective, Lardies said. Click here to…

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Six Pack – Westlake Runners Clean Up At Nationals

College Sport Media: “We pride ourselves on being gritty. We love courses with hills because there’s lots of hilly terrain on the North Shore. The course in Christchurch had lots of hills and turns which suited us.” Joseph Clark of Westlake Boys’ High School says when reflecting on the National Secondary School cross country champions held over the weekend. Westlake achieved the seemingly impossible when they won all six team events, a feat never achieved previously. Captain Clark explains Westlake’s simple approach. “If we saw a Sacred Heart or New…

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Grammar win the Cooper-Greenbank Cup

Auckland Grammar School: Auckland Grammar School hosted this year’s annual 1st XV game against King’s College on Saturday was yet again another classic encounter that matched the rivalry of previous years. In near perfect conditions, the game was played at a frantic pace with both teams wanting to shift the ball which added to the overall spectacle for all to enjoy. In the first half, King’s made the most of their attacking opportunities and took an early three-point lead through a penalty. Grammar were guilty of lacking a little patience…

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Baradene College girls orienteering team finish third at World Championships

AucklandNOW: Baradene College’s girls orienteering team have returned from the World School Championships in Sicily with a third-place finish. The five-girl junior squad went to Italy late last month to compete alongside three other New Zealand teams in the week-long event. Mt Albert Grammar junior boys, Napier Girls senior girls, and Napier Boys senior boys also competed. Orienteering is a sport where competitors use maps to complete navigational challenges in unfamiliar areas. The World School Championships consisted of two races in which the girls took on 19 other countries. The three best individual team member’s…

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