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Discus thrower Connor Bell dominates the field to take Youth Olympic Games gold

Discus thrower Connor Bell dominates the field to take Youth Olympic Games gold
New Zealand Olympic Committee: Connor Bell once conceded he was a ‘big kid who liked to play PlayStation’ – now he is a discus Youth Olympic Games champion after completing the performance of his life. “I am absolutely stoked with how I went out there,” Bell said. “I just feel like I’ve done an awesome job, coming out here and performing in front of the world’s best and I did so well and I’m just really proud of myself.” It took two days and an average score of 133.08, from... Read More

Dominic Overend setting the pace ahead of the Youth Olympic Games

Dominic Overend setting the pace ahead of the Youth Olympic Games
NZ Herald: Kiwi sprinter Dominic Overend probably doesn’t remember the first time he stepped foot on an athletics track. That’s because the 16-year-old prodigy was literally in diapers when he joined the Ellerslie Athletics Club at the “prime” age of two. But Overend certainly won’t forget the moment he was officially selected to represent New Zealand at next month’s Youth Olympic Games as he prepares to pull on the silver fern for the first time in his sprinting career. “It means that I’m on the top in my sport and... Read More

Four Westlake Boys students heading to Youth Olympics

Four Westlake Boys students heading to Youth Olympics
1 NEWS: Westlake Boys’ High School’s incredible record of producing top sporting talent isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon, with four students off to next month’s Youth Olympics in Argentina. Having produced the likes of rower Mike Stanley, sailor Dean Barker and Kiwi basketball great Kirk Penney just to name a few, 17-year old discus thrower Connor Bell could be the next Westlake prodigy to shine on the world stage. After winning gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games last year, Bell has been mentored by Dame Valerie... Read More

Dominic Overend Continuing Family Legacy

Dominic Overend Continuing Family Legacy
Athletics New Zealand: Youth Olympic Games-bound Dominic Overend is creating waves as one of New Zealand’s finest teenage sprinters. Steve Landells chats to the 16-year-old Aucklander to discover his elixir for success. If you want a measure of the sprinting talent of Dominic Overend, the bald statistics say everything. Ranked the 2018 joint number two in the country for 100m and outright number two for the 200m (behind Joseph Millar in both events) if that is not sufficiently eye-catching how many 16-year-old’s do you know who have covered 100m in... Read More

McIntyre & Overend selected for Youth Olympic Games

McIntyre & Overend selected for Youth Olympic Games
Murdoch McIntyre (Westlake Boys High School) and Dominic Overend (Auckland Grammar School) have been selected to compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. McIntyre will compete in the 2000m steeplechase and cross country, while Overend will race in the 200m sprint. The athletes obtained qualification at the Micronesian Championships in Vanuatu in early May which doubled as the Youth Olympic Games qualification event. Dominic Overend won the 200m in Vanuatu in a personal best 21.57s to secure his spot for Buenos Aires. Following surgery in April 2017 the 16-year-old Aucklander... Read More

Bell on top of the world before Olympics

Bell on top of the world before Olympics
College Sport Media: Oppressively hot weather and a largely unsuitable diet wasn’t enough to prevent Connor Bell from reasserting his status as the best Under-18 discus thrower in the World at the Micronesian Athletics Championships in Vanuatu. The product of Westlake Boys’ High School threw 64.47m in confirming his spot at the Junior Olympics in Argentina in October. If Bell repeats that throw he will break the youth Olympic record. However Bell wasn’t entirely happy with his performance. “64.47 is my third best throw. Last year at Secondary School Nationals... Read More

Dominic Overend – going faster, longer

Dominic Overend – going faster, longer
College Sport Media: “My love of the 200 has drawn me back towards it. I’ve only ran it twice competitively in the last year, but my world ranking is better in the 200 metres than it is the 100 metres,” Dominic Overend explains of his sudden focus on 200 metres sprinting. Last year an overgrown bone in the right heel led to surgery and a temporary abandonment of the 200 metres following difficulty turning around the bend. In March, Overend’s greater concentration on the 100 metres resulted in him running... Read More

Dominic Overend – Put your feet in the right place and stand firm

Dominic Overend – Put your feet in the right place and stand firm
College Sport Media: An MRI scan, a CT investigation, try what he willed, Dominic Overend couldn’t resolve the source of an unusual pain. All the Auckland Grammar sprinter knew was something was seriously wrong after a 200m race in Sydney in April last year. “I was competing at the Australian Champs and started the 200m in the lead before something kinda snapped and I was unable to finish,” Overend recalls. “At first I thought I had torn a hamstring or done my Achilles, but when I went to see the... Read More

Olivia McTaggart breaks second Eliza McCartney record in 13 months

Olivia McTaggart breaks second Eliza McCartney record in 13 months
NZSSSC: Teenage pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart has wiped Eliza McCartney from the record books for the second time in a little more than a year. The 17-year-old Kristin School student, who last year matched the Olympic bronze medallist’s national secondary schools record (4.10m), shattered it by 20cm at the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park on Saturday. McTaggart won gold in her final national secondary schools championship, 13 months after blitzing McCartney’s national under-17 record. Read More

‘It’s a kid’s dream’ – Macleans student out to match Olympic success of legendary father

‘It’s a kid’s dream’ – Macleans student out to match Olympic success of legendary father
1 NEWS: Without question, Olympic silver medallist Dick Quax is one of New Zealand’s all-time greats on the track, now his 17-year old son looks certain to follow in his footsteps. Theo Quax is proving to be a rising star in his own right, claiming national titles at under 20 level in 1500m, and all without a coach – until now. While many would be intimidated at the though of living up to such a famous name, Theo is more than happy to compare himself to his legendary father, who... Read More