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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Manurewa girls embrace new sporting opportunity

This year, Manurewa High School entered a team in the College Sport Auckland Girls Lacrosse Season for the first time. We caught up with the school’s Director of Sport Mel Martene, to find out more about introducing the sport to the school and how the girls have enjoyed the season so far.   Tell us about your team The girls range from year 10 to year 13, some come from other sporting backgrounds, others have never played competitive sport before. We have everything from waka ama worlds paddlers to representative…

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Indoor Ultimate Championships Wrap

Last weekend we saw a record of 37 teams take to the courts at Pulman Park Arena for the 2020 College Sport Auckland Indoor Ultimate Championships, making it the largest ultimate tournament ever held in New Zealand. Over 90 games were played throughout the day which featured fierce inter-school competition but also high levels of respect and the Spirit of the Game – essential in Ultimate due to the sport being self-officiated. In the women’s division, Epsom Girls Grammar dominated as they have done for a number of years with…

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Winter Sport Overview

With a delayed start to the 2020 winter season, College Sport Auckland competitions are now back underway for Term 3. Excited teams from many schools are competing in various codes and grades. With many sports back in full swing, school grounds, club fields and public sports facilities are again being filled with many high school athletes back doing what they love. The winter season consists of a diverse range of codes including badminton, basketball, cycling, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby league, rugby union, squash, table tennis and underwater hockey, to get…

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College Sport Auckland Squash Season Preview

Squash Auckland: After a delayed start, the 2020 College Sport Auckland Squash Season is finally set to get play underway today. 64 teams from 25 schools will compete across seven different grades with matches played on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at various clubs, public facilities, and schools. The Boys’ Premier grade looks to once again be a showdown between last season’s top two teams Auckland Grammar and Mt Albert Grammar, with both sides featuring national junior squad members. Led by NZ Junior Elite squad members Jack Conder and Mason Smales,…

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Dates for rescheduled competitions

Entries for most College Sport Auckland winter seasons will close this week, with competitions starting the week of 15 June. Some of our one day competitions have been rescheduled for Winter Tournament Week which runs from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September. These include: College Sport Auckland Ski Championships – Tuesday 1 September College Sport Auckland Squash Team Championships – Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 September College Sport Auckland Cross Country Championships – Thursday 3 September Below is the full list of rescheduled College Sport Auckland competitions to date. For…

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Student Spotlight: Jaden Movold

Year 12 Rangitoto College student Jaden Movold has always loved competing in sports, but it wasn’t until a year ago that he found a new passion in wheelchair racing. During lockdown, Jaden got up at 12.30am to be a part of a virtual Boston Marathon through Zoom with World and Paralympic Wheelchair Racing champions from all over the world. He got to meet his idols and pushed for 1 hour 18 minutes and 4 seconds (the current Boston record time), with over 60 other racers. He pushed for over 21 kms…

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Update on Winter Sport Seasons

Yesterday the government eased the restrictions on gatherings to allow for up to 100 people to gather, effective Friday. This is good news as it will allow sports teams to train together, and to play each other, when they are ready to do so. National Sporting Organisations and Sport New Zealand are currently revising their guidance documents and they should be available in the next few days. College Sport Auckland is on track to begin the winter school sport season the week beginning Monday 15 June. Several entry forms are now open…

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Student Spotlight: Lucia Doak

Year 13 Kristin student Lucia Doak found her love for water polo at a young age, spotting a flippa ball poster after a swim session at AUT Millennium. Intrigued, she signed up and found out she loved it. After two years Lucia moved into the more advanced sport of water polo and hasn’t stopped playing since. She describes becoming ‘instantly attached’ to the sport after attending development camps and clinics provided by North Harbour Water Polo Club. Lucia first represented New Zealand in 2016, and in November last year she…

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Student Spotlight: Holly Williams

In today’s feature we get to know a bit about Holly Williams, a Year 11 student from Westlake Girls High School. Holly has been nominated by the Director of Sport at Westlake Girls, Liz Page, who says “Holly is the epitome of a true multi-code athlete and a real all-rounder. She has a natural athleticism, but also a competitive drive to succeed in all the sports she focuses on. Holly is also a great team member and even as a young player has shown a lot of leadership in representing…

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