Tamara Otene & Westlake Girls volleyball flying high

College Sport Media: A whirlwind few weeks has wound down for the Westlake Girls’ High School Senior volleyball team, but for tournament MVP Tamara Otene there’s much more to look forward to later this year. Fresh from helping her side win the College Sport Auckland Championships followed by their maiden NZSS Senior Division 1 title in Palmerston North at the end of Summer Tournament Week, Tamara is now turning her attention to preparing for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in beach volleyball. Prior to indoor Nationals, the year 12…

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Knee down, courage up – Ben Gardner

College Sport Media: In June 2016, Ben Gardner returned home from school with a badly swollen knee. No strenuous physical activity or unusual symptoms had signalled this aliment could occur, but it was serious. “I went to the doctor straight away and was diagnosed with Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee or OCD. Don’t ask me how to spell that, but basically the cartilage underneath my knee cap was separating,” the Year 12 student at Sacred Heart College, Auckland recalls. A knee brace was attached and the prospects of resuming water polo were bleak. “My rehabilitation took…

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15-year-old Tainui swimmer guns for Youth Olympics

Māori Television: 15-year-old Gold Heart Scholarship recipient Tyron Henare is a stroke closer to pursuing his Youth Olympic dreams for swimming. In July the six-time National gold medallist will put his skills to the test against the country’s best at the 2018 Opens in the hopes to qualify. Tyron Henry is currently New Zealand’s top sprint swimmer for freestyle, backstroke and fly in his age group. He now looks to qualify for 2018 Youth Olympics in the hopes to make his mark on the world stage. Henry says “My short term goal for this year…

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MAGS softballers keeping it in the family

College Sport Media: Three title wins in four days – it doesn’t get much better than that for a group of Mount Albert Grammar School softballers. Isaac Munro, one of five players in the MAGS team that won their sixth straight NZSS Division 1 title who also made the tournament team, explains their recent winning week on the diamond: “Last Friday we won the NZSS tournament in Lower Hutt and then we flew home and a lot of us joined our club Ramblers in winning the Auckland club U17 and…

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