The Mount Aspiring College athletics team.Back Row (L-R): Cameron Armstrong (16), Ryan Enoka (16), Stan Parker (17), Matthew Botting (17), Cody Armstrong (17). Front Row (L-R): Eve Pfahlert (13), Phoebe Laker (15), Millie East (17), Amaya East (16). Source: Mandy Enoka by Mount Aspiring College


Term 1 has seen students participate in a huge array of activities. Now we are looking ahead to Term 2.


Congratulations everyone - we’ve made it through the busiest term of school sport! It has been fabulous to see large numbers of students getting involved in the huge array of activities which have been on offer to them this term - both social and competitive. The teamwork, sportsmanship, enjoyment, hard work and awesome attitudes that we have seen from the students this term has been outstanding and we can’t wait to watch everyone grow and take on new challenges over the rest of the year.

Living in a location like Wanaka, we’re always going to be blessed with great outdoor activities on our doorstep, but for many sports, our location means lots of travel and for the support that our students get from their coaches, managers, teachers and parents, we are truly grateful.  

Sports Calendar:  Term 2, 2024

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

Term 2

29 April - MAC Adventure Race

1 May - Student Coach Workshop - Cromwell

6 May - Central Otago Senior Basketball Competition starts

8 May - MAC Mountain Bike Cross Country Champs - Deans Bank

16 May - Central Otago Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships - Cromwell

19 May - Otago Secondary School Swimming Championships

23 May - Upper Clutha Rippa Rugby Tournament

26 May - South Island Secondary School Cross Country Championships

5 June - MAC Cross Country

6 June - COPSSA Rippa Rugby Tournament

9/10 June - Otago Secondary Schools Netball Tournament - Dunedin

15 June - New Zealand Secondary School Cross Country Championships - Christchurch

17 June - Central Otago Secondary Girls Football Competition starts

19 June - Central Otago Secondary Boys Football Competition starts

22/23 June - South Island Secondary School Squash Tournament - Dunedin

27 June - Upper Clutha Cross Country Championships

4 July - COPSSA Cross Country

Extra Info: The following websites / pages have detailed information regarding sport and competition the latest updates regarding school sport: (Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association Inc.) (School Sport New Zealand) (Sport New Zealand)



Here is some information for our Year 11-13 Netball Players from the Central Lakes Netball Representative Committee.

The Central Lakes Netball representative season for U16 and U18 is fast approaching. Here are the important dates for you all to plan for the upcoming representative season.

Important Dates:

Netball South Development Day - Sunday 14 April 2024 in Queenstown

Trials U16 and U18 Sunday 28 April 2024 - by invitation

Tournament Dates:


26 May in Queenstown

31 May - 3 June in Christchurch

23 June in Invercargill


1-3 June in Christchurch

23 June in Invercargill

30 June in Gore

14-18 July in Dunedin (Nationals)

Please note that you are encouraged to attend the Development Day on 14 April, as this is an opportunity for the selectors to see you before the trials - this is not compulsory and we encourage you to contact us with your reason for not being able to attend.

Link to register for the Development Day - htttps://

If you have any questions please email -


The Southland Schools Orienteering Champs is coming up on Sunday 19 May at Fosbender Park. Even though this is a Southland event, they have opened it up to Otago schools. This means that students competing in this event will appear on the results, however, they will not be eligible for certificates/placings since this is a Southland event.

Please note that the school will not be taking teams to this event. It will be a parent-led event, so parents/caregivers will be responsible for transport, accommodation and supervision, the school will process the entries only. Please read the information below and contact the Sports Hub if you are wanting to enter.

Southland Schools Orienteering Champs

  • Competition for those aged Year 5 - Year 13. Help will be on hand if needed.
  • Attached is the flyer and event manual.
  • Entries need to be in by Monday 13 May.
Image by: Mount Aspiring College


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The Mount Aspiring College athletics team has just returned from an outstanding weekend at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Timaru. The team won South Island titles, broke a South Island record and achieved numerous podium finishes and personal bests in their events. Congratulations to all the athletes for their fantastic performances and thank you to Mandy Enoka for being a fabulous team manager.

Individual Results

Stan Parker: 1st U19 high jump

Phoebe Laker: 1st U15 400m (an SISS record)

Millie East: 2nd U19 400m

Cody Armstrong: 2nd U19 400m, 3rd U19 100m and 5th U19 200m

Amaya East: 3rd U16 800m

Ryan Enoka: 3rd U19 hammer, 4th U19 discus and 6th U19 shot put

Matthew Botting: 3rd U19 triple jump, 6th U19 long jump and 6th U19 200m

Cameron Armstrong: 4th U19 long jump and 9th U19 high jump

Relay Results

4x400m U19 girls relay: 1st: Eve Pfahlert, Amaya East, Millie East, Phoebe Laker

4x100 U19 boys relay: 2nd: Ryan Enoka, Matthew Botting, Cameron Armstrong, Cody


4x100m U19 girls relay: 3rd: Eve, Phoebe Laker, Amaya East, Millie East

Our girls relay team of Amaya East, Phoebe Laker, Eve Pfahlert and Millie East won the 4x400m U19 girls relay and came third in the 4x100m U19 girls relay. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Stan Parker, Cameron Armstrong, Cody Armstrong, Ryan Enoka and Matthew Botting. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Last weekend a team of 20 Years 7and 8s headed to Dunedin to compete in the Otago Primary School Swimming Champs. For many of our athletes this was their first event outside of Central Otago, and with more than 370 Otago school students participating, and it sure made for an exciting day!

The whole team was really supportive of each other and we definitely were one of the loudest schools up in the grandstand! We had some outstanding performances from our students and special mention must go to Hana Carnie (Year 8) who broke the girls 12 and over Otago Primary School Swimming Championships record in the 50m backstroke.

For the full results see here: Otago Primary School Swimming Championships Results

Finally, a big thank you must go to all the parents who made this event possible for our MAC students and also to those who volunteered to help run the event - Lou Carnie (Team Manager), Jaime Hutter (time keeping) and Jen Chandler (selling programmes).

The Year 7/8 Swimming Team at the Otago Primary School Champs in Dunedin last weekend. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Last week, three Years 7/8 teams competed in the annual Top Bike Competition in Alexandra. Teams of six (3 girls and 3 boys) competed in three disciplines: a skills course, grass track racing and a mountain bike team time trial. It was a beautiful day and the students enjoyed the day out competing against other Central Otago schools. Congratulations to our team of Brodie Radford, Grace Sullivan, Emily Boswell, Bill Dobson, Willis McCarroll and Parker Collins who won the Year 7/8 Competition. 

The winning Year 7/8 team: Emily Boswell, Brodie Radford, Willis McCarroll, Parker Collins, Bill Dobson and Grace Sullivan. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Indi McFarlane, Lily Tessier, Sami Reid, Vince Pickett, Charlie Sloan and Jaye Dougherty. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Naiah Beazley, Elliot Lovelock, Fern Goodwin, Luke Boxby, Ollie Hawkins and Hunter McLay. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


From 18-23 March a team of 20 students from Mount Aspiring joined a total of 2112 athletes from over 100 schools around the country to race in the Maadi Cup Regatta, the National Secondary Schools Championships Rowing Regatta. The event is the pinnacle of high school rowing in New Zealand, and the largest secondary school sporting event in the southern hemisphere, so it is always an event to remember. With the Maadi parade, cheering on our teammates from the sideline, competing hard, making some good Maadi swaps, and taking in the energy as the U18 eights came past at the end of the week, it was all such a good time and we couldn’t be more grateful for the experience.

We had athletes competing in a total of 16 different events over the week, racing across various age groups and classes in single, double, and quadruple sculls, producing noteworthy performances in many of these categories. We worked hard and managed to qualify many boats for finals, racing amongst the fastest and fittest in the country in 5 A Finals, 5 B Finals, 2 C Finals, and a D final, coming away with some commendable results and many cherished memories.

The boys U18 Novice 2x of Hugo Sinclair and Harry Hope brought home a bronze medal for the club, a satisfying and well-deserved result after a season of dedication and hard work. The Girls U18 4x of Annie Wells, Annika Massey, Lola Ritchie, Sienna Marsden + coxswain Caroline Smith placed 5th, and the U18 2x of Annie and Annika also placed 5th, with these U18 level performances being recognised by a Top Ten badge. The boy’s Novice U18 4x of Hugo Sinclair, Harry Hope, Will Pascoe, Alex Pederson + coxswain Caroline Smith finished 6th by a slim margin, and the very newly put-together crew of Lucy Radford, Sienna Marsden, Meg Ritchie, Catty David + coxswain Emily Hunt raced outstandingly in the Girls U16 4x to finish 8th.

The novice girls outdid themselves at their first Maadi ever, gaining valuable racing and regatta experience after a season of questionable conditions. These novice and U15 crews all competed strongly, with the girls U18 Novice 4x of Meg Ritchie, Alianna Hay, Catty David, Caroline Smith + coxswain Emily Hunt winning their B Final.

For our U18 rowers, Maadi marked the end of our time rowing for MAC. All our U18 boats qualified for finals, with the boys U18 2x of Philip Massey and Anton Jones finishing in the top half of an extremely competitive field, and a boys U18 4x taking the water at Maadi for the first time in a couple of years and competing strongly.

None of this would have happened without the incredibly dedicated coaching over the season from Matt Rickard and Rob Bruce and the support staff of Angela Rickard and Will Radford.

Report written by Annie Wells (Year 13).

Mount Aspiring College rowers claimed the bronze medal in the Boys U18 Novice 2x event — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
MAC Rowers in the MAADI Parade. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
The MAC boy’s U18 quad of Tom Irvine, Hugo Sinclair, Anton Jones and Phillip Massey. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
The Mt Aspiring Rowing Team, ready for the MAADI Parade. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


The MAC first XV recently kicked off the 2024 season with a pre-season/trial match against Central Southland College in Winton. After a long van trip down, we were lucky to arrive to warm, sunny conditions - perfect for fast-flowing and exciting rugby. The game, being a trial match, was played in the format of three 20-minute thirds. The first third saw MAC assert themselves with strong carries and tackles, however we were unable to get across the line ending with the score tied at 0-0 after 20. The second 20 went much the same, as we blew out some pre-season cobwebs in lineouts and our handling. Entering the final 20, the score was still tied at 0-0, and with about 10 minutes left in the game Central Southland was awarded a penalty try after a dangerous tackle by one of our forwards. In spite of this, we fought back hard with a wonderful try scored by Jackson Clark down the right sideline with about seven minutes to play. Down by 2 points with 2 minutes left on the clock MAC capitalised on a penalty kick that missed touch 10 metres out from our own tryline by spreading the ball wide which resulted in a runaway try to Tom Sides. The game finished 12-7 to MAC, with plenty of work to do to polish up our execution and structure. Thanks to coaches Wayne Enoka and Jason Clarke, as well as managers Di Roy, Belinda Sides and Pip Miller for all of your hard work to get us on the field.

Report by Tom Sides (Year 13)

The MAC 1st XI recently played Central Southland College in a pre-season match. — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


We have a large number of students who have been selected to play for Otago and Central Otago Representative basketball teams in the U16 age group. This is an awesome achievement and one that requires a lot of commitment from both the players and parents as they travel weekly to Dunedin for the Otago teams and Cromwell/Queenstown for the Central Otago teams. Congratulations to everyone involved and we wish you all the best for your upcoming tournaments.

Otago U16 Representative Players

U16 Girls

Trinity Pullar

Poppy Jackson

U16 Boys

Deacon Gwilliam Browne

Elijah Hunt

Isaac Baker

Rhys Taylor

Axel Worthington

Joao Soares

Max Persson

William Persson

Campbell Masters

Otis Oxley

Central Otago U16 Representative Players

U16 Boys

Carter Williams

Monty Lahood

Tommy Connolly

MAC students who have been selected in Otago U16 Representative Basketball teams: — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
MAC students who have been selected in Central Otago U16 Representative Basketball teams: — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


These activities are all run externally (not through MAC), but they are aimed at our students, so we don’t want you to miss out! If you have any questions about the activities listed below, please contact the appropriate club/organiser and they will be able to help you.


Sporting Edge are running a hockey camp 22/23 April at the Cromwell Turf.

Registrations for the camp are now open and you can register on the following link,

Monday 22 April

Year 1-4 9.30-10.30am (1 hour)

Year 5-8 10.30-12pm (1.5 hours)

Year 9-10 (U15) 12.30-2.30pm (2 hours)

Year 11-13 (U18) 2.30-4.30pm (2 hours)

Tuesday 23 April

Year 1-4 9.30-10.30am (1 hour)

Year 5-8 10.30-12pm (1.5 hours)

Year 9-10 (U15) 12.30-2.30pm (2 hours)

Year 11-13 (U18) 2.30-4.30pm (2 hours)


Year 1-4: One day (1 hour) $50, both days (2 hours) $80

Year 5-6: One day (1.5 hours) $60, both days (3 hours) $100

Year 9-13: One day (2 hours) $70, both days (4 hours) $120

Image by: Mount Aspiring College

Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Image by: Mount Aspiring College

Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Image by: Mount Aspiring College