The Value of Sport

Sport New Zealand have launched a new study which explores the value of sport to New Zealanders, their communities and our country. The Value of Sport is based on extensive research, including a survey of around 2,000 New Zealanders and a review of previous studies from here and around the world. There’s no question sport is at the heart of our national identity, but this study tells us that being physically active also creates happier, healthier people, better connected communities and a stronger New Zealand. Sport NZ have developed a print…

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Stop the obsession with winning: Sport NZ

Radio NZ: New Zealanders love winning at sport, but paradoxically, a sports umbrella group says that obsession may be reducing children’s involvement and stopping them being active. In the last 16 years participation in sport among 18 to 24-year-olds has dropped by nearly 14 percent. Sport club membership has also declined by 11 percent – all at a time when obesity and diabetes rates are steadily rising. Sport New Zealand talent consultant Alex Chiet told Nine to Noon too many young athletes were specialising in one code too early, which had led…

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Ferigo fires for Sacred Heart

College Sport Media: “We really wanted to keep our unbeaten record, but during the game it’s not something you think about. It’s about performing the best we can and getting the outcome we deserve,” Louie Ferigo responds when asked if he was nervous at three quarter time in the National Secondary Schools Water Polo final yesterday. Unbeaten Auckland and North Island champions, Sacred Heart College only led surprise finalists Westlake Boys’ High School 8-7. Sacred Heart had scored three unanswered goals in the first two minutes with Ferigo netting two…

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Shortage of playing fields in Auckland puts community sport at risk

NZ Herald: A shortage of playing fields and courts in Auckland is putting community sport at risk and needs addressing by central and local government, says National MP Nikki Kaye. The former Minister of Education and Auckland Central MP is calling for better shared facilities between schools and Auckland Council to address growing demand for field time. Auckland Sport and Recreation (Aktive) says the city is facing a shortage of nearly 200 indoor courts, netball courts, outdoor tennis courts and artificial turfs for winter sports in the medium term. The…

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Nga Tapuwae reign supreme at Ki o Rahi nationals

The Gisborne Herald: Hundreds attended finals day of the New Zealand Secondary School Ki o rahi Championships at the Rectory field in Gisborne last week. Local schools put up a strong effort but it was not enough to win the title on Tairawhiti home soil. Auckland school Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae came out on top against Waikato kura kaupapa Maori Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga in the final. It was a back-to-back triumph for defending champions Nga Tapuwae. Event organiser Whetu Rangihaeata said the champs were a success, showcasing…

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Diocesan and Sacred Heart are the 2018 NZSS Water Polo Champions

College Sport Media: The National Secondary Schools Water Polo finals were held at Kilbirnie Pool in Wellington yesterday afternoon. The favourites in both the male and female competitions prevailed. Sacred Heart College and Diocesan School for Girls completed the triple crown of secondary school water polo by winning the Auckland, North Island and National titles in the same year. In the Boys playoff for third and fourth, Rangitoto College beat Saint Kentigern College 8-5. In the Girls, Kristin School beat Rangitoto College 8-6 in the third versus fourth playoff. Western…

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Volleyballers put Aorere College on the map at nationals

Manukau Courier: Aorere College and De La Salle College left their mark on the New Zealand secondary school volleyball championships in Palmerston North earlier this month. Aorere, led by captain Mary Masoe, came fourth in the premier girls’ while De La Salle, led by Bernardo Tonumaipe’a, came fifth in premier boys. It was a fitting season finale for the Aorere, who the week before, finished runners-up in the College Sport Auckland Championships at Pulman Park, Papakura. “We are incredibly proud of the team’s achievement as we have been building and developing this team for a few years.…

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Pinehurst claim Premier Golf title

The College Sport Auckland Premier Teams Golf Final was held on Monday at Muriwai Golf Club. Pinehurst School made it into this year’s final narrowly beating the Saint Kentigern team 212-214 in their semi-final at Pupuke Golf Club, while Macleans College beat Rangitoto College 209-260 at Pakuranga Golf Club. The final between Pinehurst and Macleans was taken out by Pinehurst who won 215-219. The Premier Champion team was made up of Eujin Kang, Jaewoo Son, Yeonsoo Son, Subin Wui & Sung Jin Yeo.

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ACG Schools: Does sport make kids smarter?

NZ Herald: Sport in the digital age is even more crucial for New Zealand school students, a leading Auckland secondary school educationalist believes. Daniel Mathie, year 11 dean and a physical education teacher at ACG Parnell College, says because young people spend a lot of their time online many are less active than children were in the past. Parents are understandably more cautious about letting their kids out to play,” he says. “They are only trying to protect them, but in earlier times when there was no internet kids were…

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King’s spin into 1st XI cricket nationals

College Sport Media: For the first time since 2015, King’s College will feature at the National First XI cricket finals in December. King’s have won the Nationals on four previous occasions and in Mitchell Murray (2015) and Simon Hickey (2011) feature two of the three batsmen to have made two centuries at the same tournament. Murray has the record for the highest score ever – clubbing 171 against HIBS. Thorn Parkes is the captain of the 2018 First XI. He has guided the team through an unbeaten term, but they…

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