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Volleyballers put Aorere College on the map at nationals

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.... Read More

Pinehurst claim Premier Golf title

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. Read More

ACG Schools: Does sport make kids smarter?

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... Read More

King’s spin into 1st XI cricket nationals

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... Read More

Tamara Otene & Westlake Girls volleyball flying high

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... Read More

Knee down, courage up – Ben Gardner

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... Read More

15-year-old Tainui swimmer guns for Youth Olympics

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... Read More

MAGS softballers keeping it in the family

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... Read More

Water polo prodigy gets competitive edge from her All Black father

Water polo prodigy gets competitive edge from her All Black father
East & Bays Courier: The daughter of a former All Black is making a name for herself, being named as the youngest member of the New Zealand women’s water polo team. Morgan McDowall, 15, daughter of Steve McDowall, has been selected to represent New Zealand at the upcoming intercontinental water polo championships, to be held in Auckland on April 2 to April 8. The Diocesan School for Girls student has only been playing the sport for three years, but her physical talent and competitive nature were “impossible to ignore” when the national side... 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