We have some excellent sporting role models at St Cuthbert’s and we are proud to celebrate their successes. We encourage all our students to have a go and try new sports. 2018 will see the rollout of the sports strategic plan for three years with the vision of sport for all. The focus will be on ensuring events, communications and operating systems are operated more efficiently with the aim of ensuring all students get involved in sport.
We are proud that St Cuthbert’s College had eight finalists for the 27th Annual College Sport Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Madison Doar won the overall award for young Sportswoman of the Year for hockey. She also won the Hockey award and was a finalist in Distance Running. Madi played for the Black Sticks in the Hockey World League cup helping take the team to the final.
Bernadette Doyle was a finalist in the overall Young Sportswoman of the Year Award and won the Water Polo category. Bernadette was the youngest competitor at the FINA Woman’s championships in Hungary and has 11 international caps and a stellar water polo record.
Kendall Vaughan won the Distance Runner title and was a finalist in the All Rounder category.
Estella Matthewson won the Gymsports category. She has also been selected to represent NZ at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Canada and is long-listed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Caitlin Mary Parker Allen was a finalist in Water Polo. Katie Doar and Tonya Botherway were finalists in the Hockey category. Georgia Fyfe was a finalist in the Squash category. St Cuthbert’s teams of distance running, hockey and water polo were acknowledged for winning their respective national titles.
In football, Mackenzie Ross captained the Auckland 13th Grade Football team that won the Gorilla Sports Gold Coast Champions Cup under-15s title.
In netball, Ella Williams and Ofa Vatikani from our Premier netball team have been invited to attend the Netball New Zealand (NNZ) National Development Camp to be held in Cambridge in January 2018 with athletes from across New Zealand. What an outstanding achievement!
In Term 4, the Year 0-3 Athletics carnival was a great afternoon of fun events and house spirit. At the Year 4-6 day, all students took part in sprints, high and long jump, relays, vortex and cricket ball throwing. The Year 5 and 6 girls also stepped up to the 200m and 800m events. The Year 7 and 8 Athletics day was held at Mt Smart and was a great combination of participation and enjoyment as well as outstanding performances from our very talented Middle School athletes. Our Year 5 and 6 team represented St Cuthbert’s at the Remuera Zone Champs winning six gold medals and two silver medals. Our Year 7 and 8 athletes did a fantastic job representing St Cuthbert’s College Central Zone Champs winning nine gold medals, five silver and three bronze.
The Athlete Pathway Programme is now in its third year at the College and in 2018 we will have record numbers. In total, 99 athletes from Years 8 to 13 will be involved in the programme next year – up 36% from 2017. The programme is tailored differently for each year level and is designed to prepare the athletes physically and mentally. To be able to move correctly and efficiently and train and compete at the intensity that is required week after week, involves a commitment to sport and a high level of discipline. The programme provides opportunities for these athletes to think about their goals in sport, how they can be a better athlete and how they can manage their time to ensure that both their school work and sporting endeavours are maintained at a high level.
Dean Flyger, Director of Sport