Sports Coordinators Meeting 2021

Our annual Sports Coordinators Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at Alexandra Park. Schools have been sent a link to confirm their attendance by 4 December 2020. The New Sports Coordinators Meeting will commence at 9.30am (if you started any time this year we would encourage you to attend). This is followed by a full Sports Coordinators Meeting from 10.30am in the Top of the Park & the President’s Suite. Attendees will need to confirm/update their school’s contact details and collect their diaries and wall planners prior to…

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Coaching for Impact

Are you a coach working with secondary school age athletes? Applications are open until 30 November for a new Sport NZ coaching programme that aligns with the Balance is Better philosophy, supporting rangatahi to have quality experiences in sport and stay involved for life. Coaching for Impact is a free coaching programme being introduced by Sport NZ in 2021. The main objective of the programme is to grow a collaborative network of coaches who influence positive change in youth sport aligned with the Balance is Better philosophy. Coaching for Impact will…

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Juniors get into the spirit of Ultimate

The first ever College Sport Auckland Junior Ultimate Championships were held on Sunday 8 November with ten teams competing. Many of the traditionally stronger ultimate schools were represented and they were joined by Kelston Boys High School competing in their first ultimate competition. The strong windy conditions tested all of the players’ throwing skills and although inexperienced, the players really stepped up to the challenge.  Despite the tough conditions, the day was enjoyed by all participants. In the Open division (boys and mixed teams), there were clearly three standout teams…

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Secondary school rugby players recognised in representative team naming

New Zealand Rugby has announced the 2020 New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools teams. The teams will not play in 2020 but selectors have named the sides to recognise the efforts of the secondary school players this season. NZR High Performance Talent Identification Manager PJ Williams said selections were made from players performances across the 1st XV season and the Barbarians Under 18 Development Camps last month. “This is fantastic recognition for a group of players that have had a disrupted 1st XV season. I am sure…

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2021 School Sport NZ Calendar Released

School Sport NZ have published their 2021 calendar of sanctioned national and island secondary school events. This release allows schools to include these sports events into their planning for 2021 and enables them to take advantage of early rates when booking travel and accommodation. The 2021 School Sport NZ Event Calendar can be found HERE. Please note all details are correct at the time of release but unforeseen changes may occur. Some NSOs are still confirming venues due to the disruption of this year’s calendar. Any changes will be posted…

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New goal in sight for Parnell’s star shooter

She may only be 14 years old, but ACG Parnell College’s Rhea Prasad is already a rising star on the netball court. Not only does she play netball at an Under 18 club level for the College Rifles, but she’s also the newest – and youngest – member of ACG Parnell College’s Senior A team. Her next goal? Helping Senior A get into the Premier Grade! “I’ve always wanted to play at the premier level for netball, and I’m hoping to get there by Year 11,” says Rhea, who has…

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Table Tennis taking off in Waitemata

New Zealand Community Trust has announced a grant of $146,000 towards construction costs for a new table tennis stadium. The funding will enable redevelopment and extension of the current Waitemata Table Tennis Association (WTTA) facility at Parrs Park, Glen Eden. The current stadium was built by volunteers in the 1970s and is well overdue for an upgrade. Issues included a lack of capacity, meeting only 40% of the Building Code, cement board cladding damage, and deterioration of the asbestos roof resulting in leaks. The current project aims to redevelop and…

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Just 16, and already has Hearts in a spin

LockerRoom: She may have just signed on the dotted line of a contract with New Zealand Cricket, but Fran Jonas still has to ask her mum or dad to drive her to training. Jonas has been recognised as a potential star of the game in New Zealand, thanks to the valuable weapon at her fingertips. But at the tender age of 16, she’s only just got her hands on a steering wheel with her learner’s licence. The left-arm orthodox spinner is the youngest of eight players from around the country who’ve…

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COVID-19 Updates

Monday 14 September: Following the Government’s decision that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 2.5 until at least Wednesday 23 September, College Sport Auckland have made the decision to cancel all remaining winter sports fixtures. With a maximum of four days of competition left, it is not viable for the winter sports season to continue. The College Sport Auckland Ski Championships on 21 September have also been cancelled – this event will not be rescheduled again. Although this is disappointing news for all those involved in secondary school sport, we…

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Teen bolts into Muslim women’s global powerlist

LockerRoom: At just 14, Aysha Hussan has already achieved so much, as the New Zealand face on the global Muslim women’s sports powerlist for 2020. A promising track athlete and netballer, Hussan says she knows it’s “a big achievement” to be on the list with 34 other Muslim women involved in sport around the world. The teenager sits proudly alongside 400m hurdles Olympic champion American Dalilah Muhammad, and Indonesian climber Aries Susanti, the first woman in the world to climb a speed wall in under seven seconds. Then there’s Emirati…

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