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The jumping flanker – Olly Parkinson

College Sport Media: Olly Parkinson has jumped to National Secondary Schools hurdles titles and played for the New Zealand Under-18 Maori rugby team in the past two years. The Auckland Grammar prefect and athletics captain is a recipient of the Sir Wilson Whineray scholarship which entitles him to $15,000 towards University fees, assuming he plays for rugby Grammar Tec. Is Parkinson done on the track? “It’s a huge privilege to get the Whineray scholarship. I’m one of two recipients along with my friend Corey Evans. I’m still going to do... Read More

Overend powers to sprint gold double

Otago Daily Times: Dominic Overend’s class won out — but he had to work to claim the double. The 16-year-old Youth Olympian entered the national secondary school athletics championships as the hot favourite in both the senior boys 100m and 200m. He barely broke a sweat as he cruised through the preliminary stages in both events at the Caledonian Ground. However, the Auckland Grammar School runner found himself chasing King’s College’s Mogammad Smith in the final of the 100m. A slow start had Overend behind, and it took him to... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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