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The winning Women’s Intermediate Coxed Quad with their gold medals.
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Sports Co-ordinator —

Here are current and upcoming sports notices and events.

Welcome to MAC Sport for 2023! Term 1 is a busy term with lots of fun sports events on, so make sure you keep up to date with all of the information through the school newsletter and the daily notices. If you ever have any questions come and see Ignacio (Head of Sport) and Claire (Sports Co-ordinator) in the Sports Hub (at the entrance to the gym) anytime. You can also contact us via email at sport@mtaspiring.school.nz


Good luck to all of the students who have entered in the Challenge Wānaka Triathlon. We have a large number of students from Year 7 to Year 13 competing in both Individual and Team events, which is fantastic!

Sports Calendar: Term 1 2023

The term calendar is an overview of the sports events that are happening this term. If you have any questions about any upcoming events, please come and see Ignacio and Claire at the Sports Hub or email us at sport@mtaspiring.school.nz

Term 1

15 February: Otago Secondary Schools Tennis Champs (Dunedin)

16 February: Challenge Wānaka Triathlon (Glendhu)

19 February: Otago Second Schools Water Ski Champs (Millers Flat)

23 February: MAC Enduro Mountain Bike Champs (Glendhu)

23 February-30 March: Central Otago Senior Volleyball competition - Thursday afternoon games (venues TBC)

27 February-3 April: Central Otago Handball competition - Monday afternoon games

5 March: SISS Triathlon/Duathlon Champs (Oamaru)

10 March: MAC Athletics Champs (MAC fields)

10-11 March: Otago Secondary Schools Athletics Champs (Dunedin)

10-12 March: SISS Rowing Champs (Twizel)

21 March: Upper Clutha Athletics Champs Year 7 and 8 (Wānaka)

23 March: MAC Downhill Mountain Bike Champs (Cardrona)

26 March: Otago Primary Schools Swimming Champs Year 7 and 8 (Dunedin)

27 March-2 April: MAADI Cup Rowing (Cambridge)

29 March: Central Otago Primary Schools Athletics Champs (Alexandra)

30 March: NZSS Triathlon Champs (Glendhu)

31 March-2 April: SISS Athletics Champs (Invercargill)

1 April: SISS Mountain Bike Champs (Coronet Peak)

4 April: Top Bike - Year 7 and 8 (venue TBC)

5 April: MAC Cross Country Mountain Bike Champs (Deans Bank)

Extra Info: The following websites / pages have detailed information regarding sport and competition the latest updates regarding school sport:

http://www.osssa.org.nz/ (Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association Inc.)

https://www.schoolsportnz.org.nz/ (School Sport New Zealand)

https://sportnz.org.nz/ (Sport New Zealand)


NETBALL : Pre-season Training

Year 7-10

Mt Aspiring Netball Club (MANC) are pleased to support the Net Skills Academy Pre-Season Training. This is the only netball pre-season training for years 7-10. MANC won’t be running separate training sessions for this age group. Sign up and have fun whilst learning skills from amazing coaches.

Link to registration form


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Year 11-13

Senior Pre-Season Training for Years 11-13.

Come on down to the MAC outdoor courts and get ready for the 2023 Netball Season. Bring lots of water, energy and a smile. Senior A and B coaches will be there to help out with sessions along with Paula from the Netball Smart Programme.

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Meridian South Island Rowing Champs

Lake Ruataniwha, 28 January

Mount Aspiring College rowers (competing as the Wanaka Rowing Club) had a very successful recent outing at the Meridian South Island Rowing Champs.

More than 1400 athletes from throughout The Mainland attended the regatta, and our local team of 28 rowers came away with some outstanding results and a great deal of increased confidence heading into the upcoming end of season school regattas.

The club successfully made it into ten ‘A’ Finals, and eight ‘B’ Finals … which had the majority of the team enjoying racing on both the Saturday and Sunday of the regatta. Highlights include the outstanding performance of the Women’s Intermediate Coxed Quad (Lola Ritchie, Annika Massey, Annie Wells, Kate Ritchie and cox Lucy Radford - coached by Matt Rickard) who secured 1st place and a Gold Medal in their event with a convincing 6 second margin.

Annie Wells and Annika Massey also did well to gain a bronze in the competitive Under 17 Women's Double Scull - and will be very encouraged by their gutsy performance.

Other great performances to note include:

● A credible 7th place in the A final of the same event as above for Lola Ritchie and Kate Ritchie.

● Anton Jones and Torben Craig’s 5th placing in the A final in the Men’s Intermediate Double Sculls.

● The Girls U15 Coxed Octuple Sculls who also performed extremely well to secure 5th place in their A Final.

● The Girl’s U15 Double Sculls crew of Lucy Radford and Nova Whiston who are making great gains as a team and competed in an A final.

● Of special mention is Jessica Gould who competed in the Women’s Intermediate Single Sculls for the first time - a brave first outing!

Many thanks to coaches Pedro, Matt, Chris and AJ for your support, to Angela Rickard for her amazing organisation, to the Jones family for towing the boat trailer - and to all helpers over the weekend.

Jem Curtis and Phillip Massey team up with Cromwell rowers in Mens Club Coxless Quad Sculls — Image by: Sharon Bennett Photography

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Congratulations to Year 10 student Phoebe Laker who smashed multiple Otago age-group athletics records in winning the bronze medal at the junior girls (U16) 400m event at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Race Championships held in December.

Phoebe’s personal best time of 57.58s broke five Otago age-group records and was set in a race against girls up to two years older than her. Phoebe’s determination and commitment in achieving such an outstanding result is an excellent demonstration of our school value of ihi ('We grow resilience through our determination and commitment to do our very best').

Congratulations Phoebe - everyone at MAC is so proud of you!

Image by: Rebecca Laker


Mount Aspiring Swimming Sports Day 2023 was a great success providing students the opportunity to gain confidence and showcase their swimming skills. Five records were broken with many personal bests achieved. Not allowing just the students to have all the fun, we saw a teachers team join in during the House Relays.

Records broken:

25m Butterfly Championship Open Boys - Coast Morland, 12.16.1 sec (previously held by Ben Silipo, 12.25.1 sec, 2021)

100m IM Open Championship Boys - Coast Morland, 1min.04.9 sec (previously held by Ben Silipo, 1min.05.5 sec, 2020) 

Backstroke Championship 50m 13yrs Girls - Fleur Jansen, 33.84.7sec (previously held by Frances Jackways, 36.74.1sec, 1999) 

Backstroke Championship 50m 14-15yrs Boys - William Schurink, 30.03,1sec (previously held by Jack Findlay, 30.68.2, 2019)

Freestyle Championship 50m 14-15yrs Boys - Coast Morland, 26.87.8sec (previously held by Jack Findlay, 27.12.1, 2019)

14 Man House Relay Iron, 3min 45.25sec (no previous record kept)

Breastroke Championship 50m 14-15 Boys - Coast Morland, 32.72.4sec (previously held by Ben Silipo, 34.50.1sec, 2019)