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From the first edition of Regulus for 2020.

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Jim Wilson (1954) went on many expeditions with his close friend,
Sir Edmund Hillary, with one of their most famous, and dangerous, being the Ocean to Sky expedition, a 2525 kilometre jet boat journey through India. Jim, among many things, a distinguished academic, mountaineer and climber, and aid worker, was the driver of the jet boat on this trip, which Hillary called his ‘greatest adventure’. After completing the river journey, which passed through deep gorges and rapids, the group set off to climb a then unnamed Himalayan mountain above the source of the Ganges. During the climb, Hillary succumbed to altitude sickness and had to be rushed off the mountain. Jim has a starring role in a recent film made about the expedition, called Hillary: Ocean to Sky, which was released in October 2019. It includes remastered original footage from the 1977 expedition, and interviews with all remaining expedition members, including Jim.

In 1973, Clyde Collins (1959) drove his Ford Cortina to win the OSCA Championship, which was set up by Clyde and a group of other motorsport enthusiasts after the Open Saloon Class was scrapped by Motorsport New Zealand. The new class is still going strong, and during the OSCA 50th anniversary celebrations, Clyde watched his son Adam Collins (1986) race a replica of the original Cortina at Ruapuna Speedway. Clyde and Adam built the replica car together, which was a special experience for them.

Paul Currie (1968) has become the only transport manufacturer ever to be inducted into the New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame, which was presented at a gala held at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill, in September 2019. The award honours Paul as an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand road transport industry. Paul became an apprenticeship tool and die maker after leaving St Andrew’s at the age of 15, and was later a professional hunter, and marine engineer. In 1973, he started working for Trailer Manufacturing Company (TMC), founded by his father, Ian, starting on the factory floor and working his way up. He became a partner in the firm in 1975, and since then the company has achieved many industry-leading milestones. The company celebrated 70 years in business in 2018, and is the oldest trailer manufacturer in New Zealand.

Grant Gilbert (1968) was awarded a life membership of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council. Grant was president of the Council for six years, and taught at Lindisfarne College in Hastings from 1985 to 2015, where he was the First XV rugby coach for 20 years. Former Lindisfarne student and All Black, Israel Dagg, has said Grant was a major influence on him, and helped him to excel in the sport.

An Old Collegian golf team of Paul McEwan (1971), Mike Wells (1979), Don Maginness (1960) and Jack Allan (1960) won the Strowan Rose Bowl Tournament, only the second time a St Andrew’s College Old Collegian team has won the tournament since the College first presented the trophy in 1967.An Old Collegian golf team of Paul McEwan (1971), Mike Wells (1979), Don Maginness (1960) and Jack Allan (1960) won the Strowan Rose Bowl Tournament, only the second time a St Andrew’s College Old Collegian team has won the tournament since the College first presented the trophy in 1967.

Dale Stephens (1977) has been selected as National’s candidate in Christchurch Central for this year’s election. Dale is the Director of Māori Business at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. He is a former police officer, presenter on the television show, Crimewatch, and chief executive of two national sports bodies.

The Willows cricket team turned up with a very formidable line up at the annual fixture against the First XI,
including Old Collegians Paul McEwan (1971), Ryan McEwan (2009), James Tapper (2010), Ben Ward (2011) and Adrian McFedries (1994). The experience of The Willows’ team proved too great on the day.

Sabrina Salmon (2011) and Sarah Williams (Deputy Head Girl 2011) paid a surprise visit to St Andrew’s College, when they caught up with Rector Christine Leighton, visited Thompson House and met several boarders, caught up with former teachers, and sang Jerusalem in the Centennial Chapel accompanied by Bryan Botting on the organ. Sarah is working as a relief teacher in Christchurch after five years teaching at Cobden School in Greymouth. Sabrina studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. She is now a professional singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, who has worked with several famous artists.

Ashleigh Shipton (2012) was the recipient of the University of Otago 2018 Prince of Wales Prize – the University’s premier undergraduate award which recognises not only academic ability but extra-curricular interests as well.

Leo Carter (2012) scored six sixes in one over for the Canterbury Kings cricket team during their Super Smash Twenty20 match against the Northern Knights. This history-making feat has only been achieved six times previously at domestic level or above, and it is the first time it has been achieved by a Kiwi, or in the country. Leo also scored a very impressive 226 not out for Canterbury in a four-day game against Wellington.

Keegan Bragg (2013) was one of only 12 students to be accepted into the two-year Masters of Theatre (Directing) course at Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne. Before applying, Keegan had been directing independent shows, and shows for the Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company in Wellington. He completed his Bachelor degree at Victoria University, Wellington.

Sam Williams (2014) has competed Bachelors degrees in Theology, and in Arts (Psychology and German) at the University of Otago. Shortly after, he was offered a place in the Master of Literature in Analytic and Exegetical Theology programme at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Andrew Manning (2010) has finished his Masters in Musical Directing degree in Scotland.Andrew Manning (2010) has finished his Masters in Musical Directing degree in Scotland.

Sam Lane (2015) has been playing for the Black Sticks for the past four years. Earlier in the year they played Spain, resulting in one loss and one win, and they also played the Olympic Gold Medalists, Argentina, at the
Ngā Puna Wai hockey stadium.

Raymond Nu’u (2015) was a member of the Highlanders rugby team which played the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Thomas Russel (2017) visited St Andrew’s and Rector Christine Leighton in Term 1. He has been rowing full time since leaving school. At the World Championships in 2019, St Andrew’s College had more Old Collegians racing at this elite representative level than any other school in New Zealand. The rowers were Thomas Russel, Ben Taylor (2017), Robbie Manson (2007), and John Storey (2005). Robbie Manson has also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the double.


From the first edition of Regulus for 2020.

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