Regulus // Issue 1 // May 2023
Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships
Couper Killick (Y13) was the standout athlete from St Andrew’s at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships. He broke the Senior Boys’ shot put record with a throw of 17.49m, won the discus with 45.75m, and was 10th in the 100m. Findley Curtis (Y9) won the U14 Boys’ 200m in 24.14, breaking the record – but unfortunately had a following wind that was too strong to allow this officially. Jonah Cropp (Y12) won the Open Boys’ walk in a new personal best time of 13:10.20. The Senior Girls’ 4×100m relay team of Maia Columbus (Y13), Natalia Geneblaza, Jorja Williams, Nikkita McIntyre (all Y12) placed first. Placegetters were:
Canterbury Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships
On Wednesday 30 November, the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships were held at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. St Andrew’s Preparatory School entered a team of 19 students who competed in 23 events.
Students to place in the top 10 were:
National Track and Field Championships
A team of seven athletes from St Andrew’s competed at the National Track and Field Championships, held in Inglewood from 9 – 11 December. Performances were affected by wet weather conditions over the first two days.
Jonah Cropp (Y12) won gold in the 3000m walk in a time of 12:34.46 which was a huge personal best performance. He only just missed the national record which he will have another chance at in 2023. Jonah was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team, which was selected at the end of the meeting.
Couper Killick (Y13) was the team’s other medallist with a well-deserved bronze medal in the shot put with a distance of 16.87m. He also finished seventh in the discus.
The Senior Girls’ 4×100m relay team had a late change with the withdrawal of a COVID-19 positive athlete two days before departure. Ava Gardiner (Y10) stepped up to join Natalia Geneblaza (Y12), Maia Columbus (Y13) and Nikkita McIntyre (Y12) to finish seventh.
Madeline-Rose Morrow and Karereatua Williams (both Y13) were invited among the top 20 secondary school students from around New Zealand to attend the Steven Adams High School Invitational, which was held in Auckland in early December.
Mitchell Corkery, Torin Ward (both Y12) and Carter Rhodes (Y11) were selected to attend the Basketball New Zealand NZ Pro 3×3 Quest in early December 2022.
Benjamin Ashman, Hugh Kenny, and Charlie Haigh (all Y11) were champions of the 2022 Intra-school 3×3 Basketball Tournament.
Riley Thomson (Y10) was part of the title winning team in the Schools’ A Grade canoe polo finals. Jake Wilson and Tayler Monk (both Y9) were part of a novice team that won C Grade. Liam Randall (Y10) and Luca Rose (Y9) won their grade at the South Island Canoe Polo Championships.
Bella Dean (Y6) was a member of Allstar Pride Icekatz, which was first in the Grade 1 Mini A Division at the 2022 New Zealand Super Nationals Cheerleading Competition, becoming national champions. The team also placed third in the Grand Championship, where all the division national champions competed against each other.
Year 8 students Angus Laing and Zachary Hoshek were selected for a CJCA teams to represent the region at the Canterbury Regional Festival in Ashburton in January 2023.
Gemma Lewis (Y12) was selected to represent Canterbury (U25) in Mounted Games at the New Zealand Pony Club Championships.
Thomas Swailes (Y12) and Couper Killick (Y13) were selected for the Canterbury flag football team.
The Senior Girls’ A team were undefeated to win the Mainland Regional 2022 Futsal Tournament, winning the final game against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School 5–0.
Alyssa Sanders (Y9), Scarlett Gray and Amber de Wit (both Y10) were part of the U15 Canterbury futsal team that became national champions at the 2022 New Zealand Youth Futsal Championships. Scarlett also received the Golden Glove Award for being the top keeper, and Amber was named U15 MVP.
Noah Cole (Y10) was in the Canterbury Dragons U15 futsal team which won the National League final against a previously unbeaten Wellington Phoenix Capital side.
Josh Silcock (Y11) won all five of his races to defend his title as Canterbury Champion in the Junior Open Class (up to age 17 years) at the Canterbury Grass Kart Championships.
Bailey Graham (Y12) competed at the 2022 New Zealand Motocross Championship and was the highest scoring junior rider in the history of ATV racing with a 96 per cent winning percentage. Bailey moved to the senior ranks this season, placing third in New Zealand in the Senior 450cc Production Class. He was also the recipient of the U21 Cup, an award for the top U21 competitor at the New Zealand Championship event.
Harrison Graham (Y11) also competed at the 2022 New Zealand Motocross Championship, where he won every race and cemented himself as the top junior rider in New Zealand for Motocross and TT style racing.
Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y12) was named in the 2023 National Netball League Mainland Development Squad.
Tom Turner (Y13) was part of the South Island U21 polo team that competed in the Ronald McDonald Day in the polo event, raising $160,000. They beat an U21 team from New South Wales in two games.
Jonah Cropp (Y12) had his race walk result from the Canterbury Road Championships in August 2022 verified by Athletics New Zealand as a confirmed New Zealand record for Men’s U18, U19, and U20 5km road walk, with a time of 23:45.
Friederica Todhunter (Y12) and Coby Goode (Y11) were invited to attend the 2022 Rowing New Zealand U19 Development Camps held in December 2022.
St Andrew’s was awarded the prestigious Press Cup by the Canterbury Rugby Union for the second year in a row. This award recognises the best aggregate points from finishing positions from all teams within a club or school programme.
The St Andrew’s U18 Girls’ rugby sevens team attended the Condor Invitational Tournament at King’s College, the first time a St Andrew’s sevens team has attended a national event. After winning all four of their games on day one, and a one win, one loss record in play-offs, the team made the final against Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. The score was tied at 12–12 with three minutes to play, but some late tries saw Epsom take the win 22–12, with St Andrew’s finishing second overall in an impressive effort.
Penelope Taulafo and Sienna Stowers-Smith (both Y12) were selected to play for the New Zealand Māori Under 18 Ngā Māreikura (Girls’) team to play in a World Rugby Sevens Tournament in Auckland in December.
St Andrew’s teams had great success at the South Island Schools’ Rugby Sevens Tournament, with the following results:
At the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tennis Tournament at Wilding Park, both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams ended as champion teams, while Frank McHarg (Y5) won an individual title:
Canterbury Junior Secondary Schools’ Championships
At the Canterbury Junior Secondary Schools’ Championships, St Andrew’s students achieved the following top results:
Thomas Ruwhiu (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand U20 Men’s touch squad.
The Senior Mixed touch team played in the National Secondary Schools’ Touch Competition in Rotorua in December, with 25 teams competing in the Mixed grade. After two successful days of pool play and crossover matches, the team qualified for the semi-finals but suffered a narrow loss to Botany Downs. In the play-off for third/fourth, the team lost in extra time to Mahurangi College after scores were tied 7–7. This was an outstanding result given the team had little preparation before the competition.
The following St Andrew's College students have been selected to represent Canterbury touch teams:
The Primary Schools’ Canterbury Triathlon was held at South Eyre Road, with Hunter Donnithorne, Emma Theobald (both Y5), William Wilson, William Parsonage, Riley Pringle, Isla Marshall, Jackson Morrow (all Y6), Danica Minson and Benjamin Theobald (both Y7) representing the Preparatory School. Isla Marshall finished 10th in the Year 6 Girls’ race and Jackson Morrow placed 12th in the Year 6 Boys’ race.
Cohnor Walsh (Y9) was first in the U14 category and fourth overall for all age groups at the Secondary Schools’ Triathlon.
At the Canterbury Senior Secondary Schools’ Indoor Volleyball Championships, the Girls’ Senior A team finished fourth overall, and the Girls’ Senior B team was second in the Division 2 competition.
At the South Island Junior Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships, the Girls’ Junior A team finished sixth in Division 1. Mia Montgomery (Y10) was named in the tournament team. In the Boys’ Division 2 competition, the St Andrew’s Junior A team beat John McGlashan College in the semi-final but lost to Marlborough Boys’ College in the final, to finish second.
*Please note the use of 2022 year groups.
The Junior Boys’ water polo team was fifth at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Junior Water Polo Tournament, after beating Christchurch Boys’ High School 8–3 in the play-off for fifth and sixth.
The following students won titles at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships:
St Andrew’s took a clean sweep of placings in the U14 Boys’ 800m with Samuel Cook (Y10) and Ollie Jackways following Kupa Rule across the finish line. A total of 22 athletes qualified for the South Island Championships, with 15 able to attend.
Twelve students were selected to attend Basketball New Zealand representative camps in February:
The following students were selected for representative basketball teams:
Charlie Bisphan (Y10) was selected for the Canterbury 15 and Under indoor cricket team.
Riley Crampton (Y9) is having a great season on the bike. He won a national title in the U15 7.5km points race at the National Track Cycling Championships, and was a bronze medallist in the 500m team sprint. Riley won the U16 Male section and was overall ‘Le Race Petite’ winner at the Le Race cycling race from Christchurch to Akaroa. He also won the U15 15km individual time trial (setting a new Canterbury record), and the 32km road race at the Canterbury Cycling Road Championships.
The St Andrew’s A team was sixth overall at the Canterbury Interschools Dressage Competition.
Gemma Lewis (Y13) competed in a number of equestrian events over the summer, with results including winning Reserve Champion in the Young Rider Division at the Dressage Nationals, the Cup for Canterbury Dressage Championships Overall Winner of Pony Section, and Reserve Champion Level 4 Pony at the South Island Dressage Championships. She also led the South Island representative team to a national title at the Interisland Championship, and was a member of Canterbury teams for dressage, show jumping, and mounted games (U25) at the New Zealand Pony Club Championships, finishing in the top three in several events. She also won Reserve Champion FEI Pony at the Waikato Premier League Competition.
Amber de Wit (Y11) travelled to Texas in April as part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Girls’ football team to play in the Dallas International Girls’ Cup.
Megan Simpson (Y12) was selected to attend the New Zealand U20 football team camp in the April holidays.
The Senior Girls’ futsal team were undefeated at the Mainland Futsal Secondary Schools’ Championship, to win the title.
Amber de Wit, Scarlett Gray (both Y11) and Megan Simpson (Y12) were selected to represent Canterbury in the Ford Futsal National Super League 2023. Britney-Lee Nicholson (OC 2017) and Frankie Morrow (OC 2019) are also part of the squad that will be competing nationally.
St Andrew’s took a clean sweep against a strong field of over 20 teams at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Golf Championships, qualifying for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ finals in August. Results:
Kalisa Zhang (Y8) was first in Free, Hoop, Ball and Club, and first overall in Stage 4 at the Canterbury Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.
Penelope Taulafo (Y13) was named in the playing squad for New Zealand Māori U21 hockey team, with a heritage tournament over the Easter weekend.
ISSA Swimming Championships
A group of Year 5–8 students competed in the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, open butterfly, and mixed relay events at the ISSA Preparatory Swimming School Championships. Those to place first or second in their event and qualify for the Canterbury Primary Swimming Sports Day were Chloe Wang (Y5), Yunze Li, Jacob Wang (both Y6), Kaia Hartstonge, Zilong Chen, Hudson Blyde (all Y7), Anthony Song and Lauren Exon (both Y8). The Year 5 4×50m Mixed freestyle relay team comprising Chloe Wang, Charlotte Harrison, Max Yandle and Bozan Wang; and the Year 7 4×50m Mixed freestyle relay team comprising Kaia Hartstonge, Edward Garbutt, Zilong Chen and Isla Marshall, also qualified.
Gemma Thomas (Y10) won silver in both the Kata (display) 12–13 years Premier and Kumite (fighting) 12–13 years Premier at the Canterbury Classic Karate Competition.
Shey Doerner-Corson (Y10) was second in his class at the Tasman Honda six-hour cross-country motocross event at St Arnaud.
Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y13) was named as one of 24 triallists for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ netball team.
Freddy Todhunter (Y13) had great success at the Club National Championships. She raced in the singles final of the U22 and Senior grades and took home a bronze medal in the U22 double.
The South Island Club Rowing Championships were held at Lake Ruataniwha in near-perfect conditions. The rowing team made 24 A Finals and six B Finals. Eleven crews gained a podium finish, with the team receiving one gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.
At the Canterbury Head of the River Regatta at Kerrs Reach, St Andrew’s College crews won five gold medals, three silver, and one bronze medal.
Lucy Charteris (Y11) and her pony placed second overall at the Show Jumping Nationals held at McLeans Island, with only .07 between first and second place.
The St Andrew’s College team won the Show Hunter’s Division at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Show Jumping Event.
Amelie Clark (Y10) was first equal overall in the U14 category at the Canterbury Surf Lifesaving Championships.
At the South Island Long Course Swimming Championships in Invercargill, Rylee McBride (Y11) competed in the 15–16 Women’s category, winning six gold medals (200m individual medley, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, and 50m breaststroke). Rylee was also the overall Open South Island champion for the 100m fly and 50m backstroke. Sophia Molnar (Y12) was first in the 12 and Over Women’s 100m breaststroke and second in the 50m and 200m breaststroke. Joshua Exon (Y10) was second in the 12 and Over Men’s 50m breaststroke and third in the 100m butterfly.
A team of 33 swimmers competed at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships, achieving 11 top three placings:
A group of nine Preparatory School students in Years 5–8 competed at the Canterbury Primary Swimming Sports Day, all placing in the top 10 in their respective events and age groups. Highlights were Kaia Hartstonge placing third in the Year 7 Girls’ freestyle, and Anthony Song placing second in the Year 8 Boys’ breaststroke.
St Andrew’s top boys’ and girls’ tennis teams represented the College with pride at the South Island Tennis Championships, where they both finished runners-up. Both teams had good wins in their preliminary rounds, with the girls making the final against St Margaret’s College, and the boys facing a strong Christ’s College team. It was 2–2 after the singles in the girls match, however, St Margaret’s won the doubles matches to decide the championship. The boys final was won 6–0 by Christ’s College.
St Andrew’s students achieved the following top placings at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Senior Tennis Championships:
The following students took part in the 2023 Bunnings National Youth Touch Championship, representing Canterbury:
At the Canterbury District Championships, Kurt Lilly (Y10) was third in the B Grade double rise, and won the B Grade triples contests, finishing as the highest scoring junior.
At the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Championships, Sophie Lampe (Y9) had an outstanding race, winning the U14 Girls’ event. Cohnor Walsh (Y10) was 11th in the U16 Boys’ event and was 10th in the Aquathon the next day.
At the South Island Secondary School Triathlon, Cohnor Walsh (Y10) was second in the Intermediate Boys’ U16 category with a time of 34.27, and Sophie Lampe (Y9) was first in the Junior Girls’ U14 category with a time of 38.39.
Sophie Lampe (Y9) won the U14 Girls’ race at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Championships by over four minutes and was one minute faster than the first U14 boy.
Cohnor Walsh (Y10) won the U15 Boys’ category at the Sea to Sky Challenge Triathlon.
A group of 27 students from the Preparatory School competed in the Canterbury Primary and CAIM Schools’ Triathlon, with Isla Marshall (Y7) the top place finisher in ninth overall.
The Senior Girls’ A volleyball team was third at the Canterbury Senior Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships. Tineke Hinton (Y13), Molly-Belle Morrow (Y12) and Mia Montgomery (Y11) were selected for the tournament team. The Senior Girls’ B team also had a great tournament, winning Division 2.