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Sports round up

Regulus // Issue 2 // August 2023

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Abigail Scott-Douglas (Y10), Ethan Griffin, Adam MacFarlane and Isabella Cody (all Y11).Adventure Racing

At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Adventure Racing Championships, the StAC Thistles team of Ethan Griffin, Adam MacFarlane, Isabella Cody (all Y11) and Abigail Scott-Douglas (Y10) was third in the 12-hour Senior event and the StAC Tartan team of Samuel Hall, Toby Wilson, Joshua Morrow (all Y10) was second in the six-hour Intermediate Boys’ event. Both teams did exceptionally well.


Kavanah Lene (Y13) was selected to attend the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camp, hosted by FIBA and the NBA, along with 80 of the top high-school basketball prospects from across Asia and the Middle East. Kavanah is attending this elite basketball camp at the New York University campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Kavanah was also one of 40 students (just five from New Zealand) to be selected for the NBA Academy taking place in Atlanta Georgia, USA later in 2023.

Lauren Whittaker (Y13) was the only New Zealander invited to attend the NBA Basketball Without Borders in
Las Vegas in the last week of the Term 2 holidays.

Ophelia Powell (Y12) was named as a New Zealand HoopNation Junior Showcase ‘17U Rising Star’. Ophelia, her sister, Rafferty Powell, and Marcus Isitt (both Y12) participated in the Basketball New Zealand U17 team trials which took place over Easter weekend. Ophelia was named as a non-travelling reserve for the Basketball New Zealand U16 Women’s National team.

The following students, Old Collegians and staff were part of the Checkers basketball team which won the Canterbury Women’s competition – Lauren Whittaker, Kavanah Lene (both Y13), Ophelia Powell (Y12), Maddie Morrow, Karereatua Williams (both OC 2022), and Cam Wilson (Coach).

Lauren Whittaker, Kavanah Lene, Karereatua Williams, Maddie Morrow, and coach Cam Wilson have also signed with Mainland Pouākai for 2023, the professional league basketball team representing the Upper South region in the GJ Gardner Homes Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa competition.

St Andrew’s was well-represented at the Aon U17 Basketball Nationals with both Canterbury teams winning silver and coach Aled Jones leading his team to gold. Members of the teams were:

  • Canterbury U17 Women – silver: Niamh Chamberlain, Molly-Belle Morrow, Ophelia Powell, Rafferty Powell, Ella Sharpe (all Y12), David Ermerins (Coach), Sam Jenkins (Coach), Kavanah Lene (Year 13 not travelling due to NBA Global Games);
  • Canterbury U17 Men’s – silver: Carter Rhodes, Marcus Isitt (both Y12);
  • Taranaki U17 Women’s – gold: Aled Jones (Coach).

At the recent Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) Competition, a number of students were members of Canterbury teams:

  • Valentino Swainson (Y11) and Roma Tuimaunei (Y10) were members of the Canterbury U15 Canterbury team which won the Basketball New Zealand U15 title. The team was coached by St Andrew’s Physical Education Teacher, Tim Shanahan. Valentino was named in the BBNZ tournament team;
  • Sophia Bourke and Lucy Cliff (both Y9) and their North Canterbury U15 Girls’ team finished in 13th place;
  • Carter Rhodes (Y12) and his team were the runners-up in the Canterbury U17 Boys’ competition;
  • Ella Sharpe, Ophelia Powell, Rafferty Powell, Niamh Chamberlain, Molly-Belle Morrow (all Year 12), and Sam Jenkins (OC 2020), coached by Preparatory School Teacher, David Ermerins, were the runners-up in the Canterbury U17 Girls’ competition. Ophelia Powell and Molly Morrow were named in the BBNZ tournament team.
    Mainland South Islands Regional Representatives – Torin Ward, Tom Kerry (both Y13), Samuel Ferguson (Y12), Rylan Cliff (Y11), Alanna Brook, Emmanuel Machingura (both Y10), Oliver Kirk, William Turner, Hannah Radford (all Y9).

Annual Alumni Basketball Match

A depleted Year 13 team competed valiantly against the 17-deep Old Collegian team, which took the win
85–72 to remain undefeated in the series, led by the ‘import’ duo of Maddie Morrow (OC 2022) and Charlotte Whittaker (OC 2018).

Basketball ISSA Tournament

The Preparatory School hosted the ISSA Basketball Tournament, where the four St Andrew’s College teams in each division performed well. The Years 7–8 Girls’, Years 7–8 Boys’, and Years 5–6 Boys’ teams all won their divisions convincingly. The Years 5–6 Girls’ team and Selwyn House School were tied in their final, resulting in a golden point finish, which Selwyn House won. The three winning teams will compete at the Canterbury Indoor Tournament in Term 3.

Canoe Sprint

At the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) Oceania and New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships, Sam McAlister (Y11) won two gold medals and two silver medals in the U16 age group at a national level, and one gold and two bronzes at an Oceania level to be crowned the Men’s U16 K2 Oceania and National champion. He also won the Mixed Junior K4 national title.

Cross Country

Sophie Lampe (Y9) finished third in the Year 9 Girls’ race at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships. She was also in the Canterbury Junior team which won a bronze medal in the relay event. Kupa Rule and Abigail Scott-Douglas (both Y10) were fourth and 10th respectively in the U16 category.

At the South Island Cross Country Championships, Kupa Rule (Y10) won the Boys’ U16 race by 12 seconds to become the South Island champion. Abigail Scott-Douglas (Y10) was third in the Girls’ U16 race.

The cross country team participated in the Southern Schools’ event and the Canterbury Schools’ cross country events. Individually, the girls led the way with Sophie Lampe (Y9) winning both events, Abigail Scott-Douglas (Y10) finishing third at Southern Schools, and Amber de Wit (Y11) third in the Senior Girls’ event at Canterbury Schools.

The Year 10 boys, Kupa Rule, Samuel Cook and Hendrick Todhunter, were second at Southern Schools.

ISSA Cross Country

A group of 44 Preparatory School students competed in the Independent Zones Cross Country. Four students placed in the top three for their age group:

  • Isabelle Greer (Y6): third;
  • Tayla Ford (Y7): third;
  • Hayley Stowell (Y8): second;
  • Theo Smith (Y8) second.

Canterbury Primary and CAIM Schools Cross Country

A group of 10 Preparatory School students took part in the Canterbury Primary and CAIM Schools’ Cross Country, with the following achieving a top 10 placing:

  • Isabelle Greer (Y6): seventh overall in Year 6 Girls;
  • Tayla Ford (Y7): 10th overall in Year 7 Girls.


Cohnor Walsh (Y10) won third place in the U20 Series and was third for all age groups in the Canterbury Duathlon Series.


Gemma Lewis (Y13) and Georgia Lewis (Y10) were selected to represent New Zealand at the Pony Club International Dressage Show. This was a ‘virtual’ competition, judged by international judges. New Zealand riders competed against riders in 11 other countries – UK, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Gemma, riding Ruanuku R, competed at the highest level for the competition (New Zealand Level 5) and won her class. Georgia, riding Madison Grey, was selected to compete in the Prix Caprilli class (dressage with jumps) and came first equal.

Lily Ellis (Y11) and Gemma Lewis (Y13) were selected to represent Canterbury in the Pony Club Eventing team. Georgia Lewis was selected as a reserve. At the National Mounted Games Pairs Championship, Gemma Lewis was third in the U18 division, and Georgia Lewis was fourth in the U15 division.

Lucy Charteris (Y11) and her pony, Uba, won the South Island Equalise 1.10 Pony Series, which ran over the show jumping 2022–2023 season and is based on accumulated points.

Gemma Lewis (Y13) selected for the New Zealand Dressage Talent ID Squad as part of the High Performance Programme. This involves many on and off horse training camps around New Zealand, access to international and national coaches, and individual performance plans. At the Dressage New Zealand Awards Dinner, Gemma was awarded National Champion Young Rider (U21), Champion Small Tour and Reserve Champion Pony Rider as part of the National AMS Pony and Young Rider Series.


Zuzu Connelly (Y9) was sixth at the National Youth Fencing Championships in the Women’s U15 competition and won silver in the Women’s U15 team event.


Megan Simpson (Y12) and Scarlett Gray (Y11) were in the Women’s Coastal Spirit St Albans Shirley football team, which won the regional qualifying competition to qualify for the South Island Premier League. The team is coached by St Andrew’s Head Football Coach, Juan Chang.


The following students were selected into Canterbury U18 teams:

  • Canterbury U18A Women: Henrietta Nation (Y12), Penelope Taulafo (Y13);
  • Canterbury U18A Men: Joel Rogers, Luke Slee (both Y13);
  • Canterbury U18B Women: Natalia Geneblaza, Holly Gilray, Nikkita McIntyre, Alissa Tamaki (all Y13);
  • Canterbury U18B Men: Liam Hall (Y11), Benjamin Harford, Jackson Hodgkinson (both Y12), Finnian Bierwirth, Alex Rippin (both Y13);
  • Canterbury Development Women: Katherine Simcock (Y11), Kaylee McDonald (Y13);
  • Canterbury Development Men: Edward Connolly, Lucas Munt (both Y11), Joseph Connolly, Noah Mellish-Temple, Jake Patterson, Gus Preston (all Y13).

The following St Andrew’s students represented Canterbury teams at the Vantage National U18 Hockey Tournaments:

  • Henrietta Nation (Y12 and Penelope Taulafo (Y13) were in the New Zealand Championship winning Canterbury Girls' U18A team;
  • Holly Gilray,Nikkita McIntyre and Alissa Tamaki (all Y13) were in the Girls' U18B team which finished sixth;
  • Joel Rogers and Luke Slee (both Y13) were in the Canterbury Boys’ U18A team which finished ninth;
  • Liam Hall (Y11), Benjamin Harford, Jackson Hodgkinson ( both Y12), Finnian Bierwirth and Alex Rippin (both Y13) were in the Boys’ U18B team which finished 12th.


At the South Island Schools’ Karate Competition, Gemma Thomas (Y10) won a silver medal for kumite and a bronze for kata. At the Otago/Southland Championships she won a silver medal for kata in the Open Women category, and a silver medal for kumite in the 14–15 year Premier Division.


At the end of Term 1, Emily Gjelstad (Y12) won a scholarship to attend a week-long Atlantic Pacific Spring Camp in Northern Japan. Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project is a not-for-profit NGO with the purpose of combating global drowning by providing lifeboats and trained crew to areas of need, promoting education in sea safety and ocean awareness, and understanding and addressing the impact that pollution and climate are having on our oceans. Emily participated in courses on a variety of topics relating to sea safety and ocean awareness, and enjoyed interacting with others using a variety of communication skills when there was no shared language.

Marathon running

Cohnor Walsh (Y10) competed in the Christchurch Half Marathon, placing fifth in the U20 category and 81st overall out of 1544 runners.

Shey Doener-Corson (Y10) winning his second place award.Motorcycling

Shey Doerner-Corson (Y10) placed second in the South Island Enduro Championships A4 round series. In the final two rounds of the Yamaha New Zealand Championships, Shey raced over 240km in wet, muddy, and slippery conditions to place second overall in the Junior Class (from an eight-round North and South Island series).


Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y13) travelled to Australia with the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team, starting in all five games against their Australian counterparts. Sienna was the only player from the Mainland region selected for the team and was one of only three from the South Island.

The following students were named in Christchurch representative teams:

  • U16 Red: Charlotte Galvan (Y10) and Ruby Beynon (Year 12);
  • U18 Red: Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y13);
  • U18 Black: Holly Maraki (Y12).

Holly Maraki (Y12) and Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y13) represented Canterbury at the Celebration Box Netball New Zealand U18 Championships. Sienna was in the U18 Red team which finished 14th and Holly was in the U18 Black team which finished 19th.

Preparatory School Australian Sports Tour

During the Term 2 holidays, a group of 32 students and six staff travelled to Queensland, Australia for a sports tour. The students played basketball, football and rugby against other independent school in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. In between games they also visited Australia Zoo, theme parks, Surfers Paradise, and the Kurrawa Surf Club. The students stayed with the staff at the Gold Coast Performance Centre, designed for high performance sport. The teams were competitive, and demonstrated excellent fair play, and there were many positive comments regarding the manners and behaviour of the boys from the various schools and places visited on the tour.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

At the South Island Championships (Stage 4) Kalisa Zhang (Year 8) was first in all four routines – Free, Hoop, Ball, and Club, winning the overall South Island Championship. She also won all four routines at the Otago Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships and Delta Invitational Competition, taking overall first place at both competitions. At the end of May, Kalisa competed in the 18th Singapore Open Gymnastics Championships in the 11–12 Years Category A (highest grade) and won this category. She finished first overall, first in ball, and second in ribbon.

Road Race

A team of 12 students competed at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Road Race Championships. Sophie Lampe (Y9) got the afternoon off to a fabulous start with a convincing win in the Year 9 Girls’ race. In the U16 Boys’ race a great set of results led to a team’s win with Cohnor Walsh second, Kupa Rule third, Samuel Cook fourth and Oliver Jackways (all Y10) finishing ninth. Abigail Scott-Douglas (Y10) was third in the U16 Girls’ race. In the Senior grades, top ten finishers were Amber de Wit (Y11) in fifth, and Hannah Hughes (Y12) in seventh place.


Benjamin Ashman, Coby Goode, Jack Pitts, William Tavendale (all Y12) and coach Hayden Soper were selected for the South Island rowing team to race the North Island in April. After some tough racing, the South Island came out on top and won the points trophy.

Rowing Prizegiving

As the rowing community came together to celebrate their annual prizegiving, a number of firsts for St Andrew’s College rowing were revealed from the 2022–23 season:

  • first time recorded a top finish across all three disciplines in the scull, sweep, and overall point score at Maadi Cup;
  • first time St Andrew’s finished as a top 10 school at Maadi Cup three years in a row;
  • first time made a Girls’ age group 8+ final at Maadi Cup;
  • first time won three Golds at Maadi Cup;
  • first time won Golds in male and female events at the same Maadi Cup;
  • first time won medals across three different squads with the same club at Maadi Cup;
  • first time fielded a Men’s and Women’s U18 8+ at the Maadi Cup Regatta, both with top 10 finishes;
  • first time in New Zealand history a Schoolboy 4+ has ever gone 6:24.39, breaking the national record in the final.


1st XV Captain, Lucas Te Rangi (Y13), was selected for the New Zealand U18 Māori Camp.
Findley Curtis (Y10) was selected for the New Zealand U15 Sevens team and will take part in the Heritage Cup in France. Twenty nations from around the world will compete in this Youth World Sevens competition.

Rugby Quad Tournament

St Andrew's College hosted the 33rd Presbyterian Quadrangle Rugby Tournament from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 April, which was a great four days of rugby, sportsmanship, and connection for all players, coaches, and management, as well as a great pre-season preparation for all teams involved. On the first day, St Andrew’s College lost in a tight match 35–29 against Scot’s College. In the final match of the tournament, St Andrew’s played off for third and fourth against Lindisfarne College, who they beat comfortably 38–12 in a high-paced attacking game. Saint Kentigern College beat Scots College 42–27 in a very physical final.


Gabriella Kenton-Smith (Y13) was selected to represent New Zealand in International Laser Class sailing at the 2023 ILCA 6 Youth and Men's World Championships, held in Marina Dziwnów, Dziwnów, Poland. The total entry was limited to 360 youth sailors across the world. Gabriella raced in 12 races to amass 434 points and finish a creditable 95th in the world.


At the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Squash Championships, Brooke Hughes (Y12) was third in the Girls’ competition, Jacob Bunting (Y11) finished sixth in the A Grade, competing against older players, and Ryan Hawker (Y13) won all his games to win B Grade.

Amelie Clark (Y10) competing in a surfing competition.Surfing

Amelie Clark (Y10) was first overall in the U14 age group and fourth in U16 at the South Island Surf Grom Series, which consisted of four events, in Kaikōura, Dunedin, Westport, and Christchurch.


Rylee McBride (Y11) and Sophia Monar (Y12) competed at the New Zealand Swimming National Age Group Championships with good results:

  • Rylee McBride (Y11) – 15-year-old Woman category: national title – 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly; silver – 100m backstroke; bronze – 50m freestyle. Broke a Canterbury record as part of the Wharenui Swim Club 16 and Over Women’s 4 × 100m medley relay;
  • Sophia Molnar (Y12) – 16-year-old Woman category: seventh in 100m breaststroke; fourth in 50m breaststroke.

Iona Garrett (Y10) was first in 50m backstroke, second in 200m individual medley and third in 100m backstroke in the 12–13 age group at the Ashburton Splash South Island Swimming Championships.

Luca Graham (Y11) was second in the U15 50m backstroke at the 2023 Apollo Projects Division II Swimming Competition, swimming a personal best and meeting the New Zealand Short Course qualifying times.

Results from the Neptune King’s Birthday Swimming Club meet 2023 in Moana Pool, Dunedin:

  • Jacob Wang (Y6): 10–11 Years Men third in 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly;
  • Chloe Wang (Y5): 9 and Under Women first in 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, and 100m individual medley, second in 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, and 50m butterfly. 9 and Under Mixed second in 25m backstroke, 25m freestyle, third 25m butterfly, and 25m breaststroke.


Frank McHarg (Y6) and Mia McHarg (Y8) were selected for the Canterbury 12s tennis team, which placed third overall, winning a bronze medal at the National Teams event.


Morgan Lee (Y13) and Molly-Belle Morrow (Y12) were selected for the wider squad for the New Zealand Junior Women’s Volleyball team. Both students were also selected in the U19 Canterbury volleyball team.

Mia Montgomery (Y11) was selected to captain the U17 Canterbury volleyball team at the annual Inter-Provincial Volleyball Tournament. The team won bronze, and Mia was one of two Canterbury players named in the tournament team.

Water Ski

Katrina Wallis (Y9) represented the New Zealand U14 water ski team that competed in the Aussie Kiwi Challenge at the Gateway Lakes in Albury Wodonga, Australia, in March. She achieved four personal bests and her U14 team won gold in the team event.

After winning several gold medals between them at the Canterbury Regional Water Ski Championships, Katrina and Genevieve Wallis (both Y9) were selected to represent Canterbury at the New Zealand Water Ski National Championships at Lake Karapiro with the following results:

  • Katrina Wallis – U14 Girls: silver in slalom and trick;
  • Genevieve Wallis – U14 Girls: silver overall, bronze in trick and jump, fourth in slalom.

Katrina also received a Women’s Silver Star Series placing at the Nationals prizegiving, which recognises the best skiers in their age groups across the whole season.

Recent happenings and sporting successes at St Andrew's College.