04 May Sports Recap
On 5 April we had some extremely talented students competing at the College Sport Auckland Athletics Championship.
Ka pai to Year 9 students Jordan Viljoen and Veronique Koole, alongside Amelia McKenzie in Year 10 for competing so well! The future of Athletics at the college looks bright!
The trio walked away with the following awards in the Junior Girls’ grade:
- Jordan Viljoen – 1st in High Jump and 1st in Long Jump
- Amelia McKenzie – 2nd in High Jump
- Veronique Koole – 2nd in the 2000m Race Walk and 2nd in Javelin
Congratulations girls – what a way to end the season!
Before the holiday break our Ultimate Frisbee team competed in the NZSS Ultimate Frisbee Nationals in Taupō. Despite windy weather testing their skills they put in a strong performance to place 10th! Ka pai team!
1st XI Football
Our 1st XI Football teams had a solid start to the season, coming away with a draw in their opening games.
Our 1st XI Girls’ Football team played Carmel College, coming back at the end of the game to claim a 4-4 draw, while the 1st XI Boys’ Football team went 1-1 against Avondale. Good luck for the season everyone!
Baseball – Simon Aukett
Congratulations to Year 9 student, Simon Aukett, who represented Auckland in baseball at the U13 national tournament in Nelson over the recent school holidays. Not only did Auckland take the title, but Simon was awarded MVP for the tournament and the Gold Glove Award for the best defensive player!
The Auckland team will also be representing New Zealand in the U13 Asia Pacific Little League Qualifiers, taking place in Korea in June. The winning team at this event will compete in the Little League World Series in the US this August, something Simon is certainly striving for.
Simon, who plays all positions but is known for his pitching, has been playing baseball for the past five years at the local Howick-Pakuranga club, and playing in Auckland rep teams since he was 10. This isn’t his first time representing New Zealand, he was part of the U12 team that went to the Asia Pacific Little League Qualifiers in 2022 and was also selected for this team in 2021, but they were unable to travel due to Covid restrictions.
Simon says, “I’m very excited and a little bit nervous to be representing New Zealand again. I learned a lot from my experience at the Little League qualifiers last year, so hopefully I’ll be able to draw on that and do well. I’m currently training three times a week, but that will get more intensive when the team meets up in June. I can’t wait!”
Sailing – Annabelle Cartwright
Year 9 student Annabelle Cartwright spent plenty of her holidays on the water competing in the 2023 NZIODA Optimist Nationals at Narrow Neck Beach. Annabelle competed in the open class sliver fleet against 50 other competitors, securing some hard-fought top 10 finishes during the multi-day event.
Annabelle has been sailing since she was eight years old and also competes in the P Class. Her ambition is to keep moving through sailing classes to bigger, more challenging boats as her skills develop. Keep up the great work Annabelle!