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2016 Sports Round Up

Arnika Hazelwood —

We've competed and enjoyed many different sports this year and students have performed valiantly throughout.  More students are involved in sports and it's been pleasing to see students coaching younger student teams.  Thanks to our amazing Sports Co-ordinator, Francine Vella and the talented PE Department, Danielle Frost, James Govan, Kelly Wilkinson, the Sports Prefects and Student Sports' Council, as well as all the teachers, parents, ex-students and students who have given so generously of their time for our students to pursue their sporting passions. 

Below is a round up of some of 2016's highlights.  You'll find other news and articles elsewhere in the magazine.  

Sports Prefects:



Panashe Gwavava – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council and Climbing

Izzie Locker – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council.

Shania Quinn – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council, Basketball.

Kate Denys – Sports Council and Hockey.

Mica Goldsmith-Lonie – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council, Coaching, Volleyball, Football, Futsal.

Henri Gaudin – Sports Council, Gym Monitor, Football, Futsal, Hockey

Jacob Gosling – Sports Council, Athletics, Rugby and

Jonty Horwell - Sports Council, Elite Sports, Bowls.

Erica Stedman – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council,

Jaren Roy – Sports Council, Basketball, Elite Sport.

David Spencer – House Sports Prefect, Sports Council, Cricket.

David Prime – Sports Council, Futsal and Football.

Tayla Ward – Sports Council, Elite Sports.

Katherine Woolrych – House Sports Prefect, Hockey, Volleyball.

Dylan Deans-Bennett – House Sports Prefect, Tennis, Cricket.


Congratulations to Jaren Roy who is in the Otago Under 19 Men's Basketball Team. Jaren is also Head of Sports along with Erica Stedman and they have a team of Sports Prefects, along with the Sports Council to organise the many sporting events on the school calendar.

Annie Kennedy Atchison continues to excel in Surf Life Saving after a long summer of training with her club St Clair. Over the weekend of 14 February she competed in the Otago Champs and placed top 3 in all her water based individual and team events. Near the end of February she competed in the 2 day Southern Region (South Island) Junior Surf Life Saving Championships where she won 2 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze in water individual and team races. She says her proudest moment was winning gold in the Individual Diamond event - this is an "Ironman" type event where competitors have to complete a swim race, transition run, board-race, and a sprint finish. St Clair club dominated the event and took out the title of overall Top Club. This is Annie's last season as a Junior competitor. She has been in Juniors at St Clair for 10 years. Annie also competed in the Sprint Kayak Nationals at Lake Karapiro, in Hamilton and the Ocean's 16 - Junior Surf Life Saving Nationals at Mount Maunagnui in early March. The event had over 900 top 10-14 year old Surf Life saving athletes from clubs around New Zealand. They competed on sand and in the surf in a range of individual and team events. Preparation for this event includes competing in local and regional events, swim training each morning, and ocean based training each day for the six months of the surf season. Annie qualified for quarter-finals and semifinals in her individual events and her team won 7th place (64 teams) in the Board relay final.​​ Next year Annie moves up to the Senior competitions where she will add the new discipline of Surf Ski and have the opportunity to compete in Iron Man events.  

Jonty Horwell continues to dominate in Bowls, winning an historic title. During the summer holidays Jonty won the Dunedin Open Singles and became the youngest bowler in the 109-year history of Bowls Dunedin to win a Senior Title.  Jonty traveled to Hamilton in April to play in the Nationals. Jonty has been playing bowls for 7 years and is also a talented indoor bowler, winning the New Zealand Secondary Schools Single Title last winter.  Jonty also competed in the South Island Secondary Schools' Singles in April in Christchurch. He was named Top Male Player of the Tournament. 

We had 28 students competing in the Otago Athletics Champs on 12 March.  

Jacob Gosling won the senior shotput title, he threw 12.50 metres. He went on to place third in the Otago Southland finals.

Sean Hall was third in the same event, with Aglima Pokipoki third in senior javelin and Rebecca Dalphin third in the under 14 1500 metre race. And the following 13 students qualified for the Otago/Southland Athletics Champs. Congratulations to Jacob Gosling, Sean Hall, Leila East-Giles, Aglima Pokipoki, Abi Barton, Lucan Willis, Becky Barton, Rebecca Dalphin, Kate Denys, Leah McDonnell, Luca Hapuku, Alise Alhatt and Liam Gill.

Our Acting Head of Physical Education and Health, Danielle Frost was in Auckland in March playing for the Otago Women's Basketball team, Goldrush. They won 3 out of 5 games which was good for a relatively new team.

The PE Department organised a new coaching programme this year with senior students able to earn NCEA credits. 50 students were involved across different codes, working alongside Sport Otago.

Cricket Captain David Spencer scored an unbeaten 200 runs in the last Cricket game of the season against King's. The team were placed second overall in the Premier League of the Secondary Cricket Competition.

In Orienteering Alice McNoe is the Senior Girls Champion in the Dunedin Schools' Summer Series.

In Sailing, Molly Barton and Anna Walrond competed in the South Island Secondary Schools Sunburst Regatta in the Silver Division and impressed with their tenacity, coming second.   Anna Walrond is one to watch. She sails at the Ravensbourne Boating Club and competed in the Bic South Island event placing second in the Silver Fleet. She has also attended coaching clinics with Russell Coutts in Queenstown and this year was selected to attend a coaching clinic in Auckland where the group stayed in Russell Coutts' house. The students took part in the Winter O'pen Cup and Anna was in the top 10 in the Gold Fleet and sixth in the Under 16 category. After Anna's impressive performance two sailors were selected to attend a regatta in Sydney, the Forward Sailing NSW O'pen Cup. Both sailors are from Ravensbourne club, and as an ex-Ravensbourne sailor, Russell Coutts paid for the 2 students flights and accommodation to support their sailing talents.  

The lunchtime Dodgeball House Competition continues to be popular. Our Student Sports Council  organised the event and Houses  competed for House points. 

Our Senior A Girls Volleyball team came 7th in the Otago Champs and attended the South Island Satellite Tournament in Christchurch in April, placing 13th overall. The team improved dramatically from last season. Thanks to Ms Frost for her excellent coaching and parents for their support.

Other highlights from the Summer Sports season: 

Three senior Futsal teams competed in finals on Thursday 14 April. In Volleyball, both senior boys and girls teams won the Senior Social divisions. 

Junior volleyball teams have played well this season, winning most of their games.

In Waterpolo our teams played off for third place in the Dunedin competition. 

Dylan Deans-Bennett and David Spencer won the Premier Boys Division of the Secondary Schools' Tennis Competition at the start of Term 2 beating John McGlashan.  

Ben Deaker continues to impress in Diving. He is a New Zealand Age Group Diving Representative. After demonstrating top form in the recent South Island age-group Diving springboard events, Ben won selection in the NZ 16-18 years Diving Team to take part in a NZ/Australian Diving Meet at Lightening Ridge, near Brisbane in August over 4-5 days.  Ben  faced tough competition in Australia and needed a repertoire of complex and acrobatic dives to compete successfully. He trains five times weekly at Moana Pool with his club members and Dive coach, Trudy Schievink. This training includes trampolining work, flexibility, strengthening and conditioning, as well as diving practice from all of the diving platforms from 1-10 metres.  At the Diving New Zealand Championships in Hamilton, Ben came first in Platform, and third in the 3 metre.  Later in the year Ben Deaker's performances in Diving saw him being named Captain of the NZ Secondary Schools' Diving Team, and he won 4 gold medals at the South Island Champs.  Ben competed in the National Diving competition during the weekend of 22 October. He was first on platform, second on 1 metre and 3rd on 3 metre. His Otago team performed well with top 3 placings in most events. Ben won the Best Sporting Performance Award for 2016 at our Senior Prizegiving.  

We had 7 teams (4 senior teams and 3 junior teams) competing in the Otago High Schools' Futsal Tournament. Our Boys White Senior team came second in Division 1 to the Kavanagh Year 13 team who are currently ranked first in New Zealand for Secondary Boys Futsal. Our team is still Year 12 and 11, and we won against Kavanagh in an earlier round so we're looking forward to these guys continuing to develop into a formidable team. They'll compete at Nationals next year. The Senior Girls' Volleyball team enjoyed their Tournament in Christchurch and there is a full Volleyball report in this issue of Park Press.

In Cross Country, Rebecca Dalphin placed third in the Junior Girls section of the Logan Park Individual Road Race in May and we had 8 runners competing who all performed well. In the Caversham High School Relay, our senior boys team placed 7th and were the first co-ed team home.

In the Otago Southland Cross Country Relay Championships, our mixed senior team won. The winning team led by Henri Gaudin won convincingly. The winning team was Henri Gaudin, Louis Freeman, Izzie Locker and Rebecca Dalphin. 

Logan Park High School Cross Country Winners: Boys: Henri Gaudin Over 16, Louis Freeman Under 16, Finn McKinlay Under 15, Daniel Cowles Under 14. Girls: Over 16 Izzie Locker, Under 16 Mary Locker, Under 15 Annie Kennedy Atchison, Under 14, Rebecca Dalphin.

In the Otago Cross Country Champs, Rebecca Dalphin was second in the U14 Girls. And Louis Freeman and Hamish McKinley placed in the top 10 Senior Boys in Otago. In the Otago/Southland Cross Country Relay, Henri Gaudin, Louis Freeman, Izzie Locker, Rebecca Dalphin won the mixed race.

Our Cross Country runners continued to impress throughout the year with Henri Gaudin and Rebecca Dalphin winning their events in the Co-Ed event in September.  

In Badminton, Otago U15 player, Jorja Hutton won the Girls Singles Plate at the Southland Championships in Invercargill over Queen's Birthday weekend. Our Girls top team have been moved into the top Division for Secondary School Badminton.

Jorja now U16 continues to impress. Her Otago team came second overall in her division at the Nationals in July. In the Otago Champs, Jorja won the Plate Final and the Mixed Doubles Final. And along with Cathy Zeng who is also an Otago representative player, they won the girls doubles. Jorja also competed in the Canterbury Champs and placed second in the Doubles. 

We had approximately 130 students competing in the Co-Ed Winter Sports Tournament at the end of June. Students competed in Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Badminton and Football. We came second overall in the Co-Ed Tournament, winning the Badminton and Hockey. 

In Rugby, Finn Lillis was selected for the Sassenachs U15 Representative team to compete in August.

In Football, Shae Moore continues to impress in representative football and travelled to Ireland in July with the Otago United team for the SuperCup NI 2016 (formerly known as the Milk Cup).

In Handball, Kate Denys was selected for the Otago Women's team, and the team competed well in Queenstown over Queen's Birthday Weekend. Otago Handball are working with our PE Department to develop Handball in Otago and grow the sport.

And David Prime and Ola Szukiel excelled in Taekwondo winning gold medals at the South Island Championships with David winning the South Island Poomsae Champions Trophy. 

In Boys Hockey, we came third in the Second Division and we were second in the Junior Division winning all games until the final game.

Basketball, Hockey and Football teams  competed in the South Island Secondary Schools Winter Tournament at the end of August. Congratulations to Rebecca Dalphin who is an Otago U14 Football rep.

Our Student Sports Council continued to organise lunchtime House events with Futsal featuring in August.   

Our senior student coaches at Dunedin North Intermediate coached hockey, netball, basketball, futsal, ripper rugby and touch this year. Thanks to Reuben Campbell, Jesse McKersey, Izzie Locker, Mary Locker, David Spencer, Jessica Munro and Emma Campbell, Finn Lillis, Alex McLean, Ashleigh Munro, Sam Yeardley and Philip Yeardley and Luca Te Hapuku for their wonderful leadership in this area and to Ms Vella for making it happen.

Summer Sports sign ups saw good numbers of students signing up. Our Sports Council organised an entertaining Multi-sports event as part of Youth Week, and senior PE classes coached primary aged students at North East Valley Normal School in September.

Francine Vella, our talented Sports Co-ordinator received a 2016 Peter Sharp NZSSSC School Study Award to visit secondary schools in Australia with successful, innovative approaches to sport. The award recognises Francine's effort, energy and enthusiasm for all things Sport at Logan Park. She has worked effectively with the PE/Health Dept and the Student Sports Council to introduce a number of initiatives and continues to encourage both competition and inclusive participation.

Students went on a 10 day Kingaroy tour of Brisbane and the Gold Coast where they played volleyball, basketball and touch, as well as visiting Theme Parks.  Thanks to Francine, Murray Thompson, Mal Thompson and James Govan for their support with the trip.

In Senior Futsal, Term 3 results saw us winning the Boys Division 2 and coming second in Boys Division 1. We had 4 boys teams and 2 girls teams competing. In Football Ben Dubyk's 16th Grade Otago team won the South Island Tournament during the September holidays in Timaru. Ben, who plays Goalie, was named Most Valuable Player of the South Island Tournament. He traveled to the New Zealand national age group tournament at the end of the year.

Our Summer sports continue with cricket, tennis and futsal teams going well.

Junior teams enjoyed the Junior Sports Tournament in mid-November in volleyball, cricket, dodgeball, volleyball and waterpolo.

Danielle Frost, our Acting Head of PE/Health organised a volleyball skills session in November for secondary students with Des Kerekere which was well attended and appreciated.

Our most recent sports participation rate from the national sports census is 64% which is pleasing.