By Arnika Hazelwood | Posted: Sunday June 18, 2017
Congratulations to all of the students and staff who competed in the School Cross Country last week.
We had a large field of competitors with some good times recorded and points awarded for the House Competition.
Girls U14: Rebecca Dalphin, Viviane Dalphin, Annelise Scharpf.
Girls U15: Mae Rose Wills, Ella Molteno, Caitlin Bathgate and Josie Baughen 3rd equal.
Girls U16: Annie Kennedy Atchison, Leila East-Giles, Abi Barton.
Boys: U14: Harry Major, Zack Hibbert, Ben Devereux.
Boys U15: Daniel Cowles, Matthew Cowles, Amasio Jutel.
Boys U16: Joe McKee, Finn McKinlay, Sam Yeardley.
Boys Open: Hamish McKinlay, Louis Freeman, Mane Marshall.
House Placings: Omimi 156 points, Aoraki 86, Toroa 74 and Clayton 68.
In the Otago Regional Cross Country event earlier this month, Rebecca Dalphin was second in the U14 girls race and Joseph McKee 4th in the U16 boys race.
In Badminton, Jorja Hutton will represent Otago at the Nationals in July in the U15 A team. Cathy Zeng is also an Otago representative player.
In Handball, Zoe Degas and Laura Graham are in the Otago U19 training squad and will compete in the South Island Tournament in Christchurch in the first week of July.
In Netball our Junior and Senior A Netball teams competed at the Otago Secondary School Netball Championships in June. Both teams benefited from the stiff competition and improved their skills.
Regular Winter Sports teams are going well and we are looking forward to the Co-Ed Winter Sports Tournament at the end of June. Over a hundred students will compete in Badminton, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Curling and Netball. Preparations are going well and we know we'll enjoy the competition.
In Sailing, Anna Walrond (14) is one of the top sailors in her age group in New Zealand. She is is currently sailing in Bermuda in the America's Cup Endeavour O'Pen event. The event is held in conjunction with the finals of the main event. Anna has also been selected as part of a small group receiving coaching from Sir Russell Coutts. He is also an ex-Ravensbourne Club member and supports up-and-coming sailors. Coutts has been coaching a group including Anna and they send videos every two weeks via Facebook messenger. He responds with specific feedback and also has Skype sessions with the group every second Sunday. Coutts has also given them personalised six-day-a-week physical training programmes. The young sailors have been getting noticeably better with the guidance and it will be interesting to see how they compare on the world stage.