Congratulations to two of our head students - Tom Sides and Zavier Taylor who won the Schools Tandem Category in the Coast to Coast last weekend. They also achieved 6th place out of 50 tandem teams in the Open Category!(Photo: Coast to Coast) by Mount Aspiring College


It's time to register for MAC's Downhill MTB Champs on Thursday 22 February at Cardrona.

Welcome to MAC sport for 2024! 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. Our Mount Aspiring College Sports Hub Facebook page is also a great place to keep an eye on upcoming sporting events and opportunities. If you ever have any questions come and see Ignacio (Head of Sport) and Claire (Sports Coordinator) in the Sports Hub (at the entrance to the gym) anytime. You can also contact us via email at


  • Good luck to the 250 Years 7-13 students who are competing in the Challenge Wānaka Triathlon events this week.
  • The Senior Mixed Touch team are playing in the Central Otago Secondary Schools Championships in Cromwell on Friday.
  • Our Years 9-13 golf teams who are competing in the inaugural Central Otago Secondary Schools Golf Championships next week.
  • We have four senior volleyball teams playing in the Central Otago Senior School Competition - their first games are on Thursday 22 February.
  • The MAC Downhill Mountain Bike Champs are taking place on Thursday 22 February at Cardrona (see below for more information on how to register).
  • Huge congratulations and good luck to Josh Moody (year 13) who has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Junior Triathlon Championships in Napier on 24 February.

Sports Calendar:  Term 1, 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 1

16 February - Central Otago Senior Touch Tournament

19 February - Central Otago Secondary School Golf Tournament

22 February - Central Otago School Senior Volleyball Competition starts

22 February - MAC Downhill Mount Bike Champs, Cardrona

25 February - Otago/Southland Water Ski Champs

28 February - MAC Athletics Sports

1-3 March - South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships

2 March - Otago Secondary School Touch Championships

3 March - South Island Secondary School Triathlon Championships

5 March - Central Otago Secondary School Futsal tournament

7 March - Upper Clutha Primary School Athletics Championships

8-10 March - Otago Secondary Schools Athletic Championships

9-10 March - Otago Secondary School Senior Volleyball Championships

13-14 March - QUAD Tournament

15 March - MAC Swimming Sports

16-17 March - South Island Secondary School Touch Tournament

18-23 March - MAADI - NZSS Rowing Championships

21-22 March - New Zealand Secondary School Triathlon Championships

21-23 March - South Island Secondary School Mountain Bike Championships

27 March - Central Otago Primary School Athletics Championships

3 April - Top Bike

5-7 April - South Island Secondary School Athletics Championships

7 April - Otago Primary School Swimming Championships

10 April - MAC Enduro Mountain Biking Champs

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)


Our Sports Notices section has information about upcoming events and often includes links to entry forms. Keep an eye on this section each week so that you don’t miss out on any important information.


MAC's Downhill MTB Champs are on Thursday 22 February at Cardrona. Please all the information and details about the event below.


Competitors must ride at an intermediate level and be confident on Blue to Black trails with full suspension Downhill bikes and Trail bikes.

Entry is $25 (day pass excluded), or $65 (day pass included). Competitors can register online at -

Cardrona needs some teachers or parents as course marshals. You do not need a bike to be a course marshal and will be given a free day pass for those who volunteer. Please email to sign up to be a course marshal.


Boys: Junior (Y7-8), Intermediate (Y9-10), Senior (Y11-13)

Girls: Junior (Y7-8), Intermediate (Y9-10), Senior (Y11-13)

Race Format 

Competitors will have an hour of training, followed by 2 timed runs with the single fastest time winning.


10-11am Race plate collection in the Cardrona Ticket office/Retail store

11am Riders briefing in the courtyard

11.15am Course inspection and Practice runs

12.15pm Start of timed runs Juniors dropping first, then Intermediates then Seniors (Girls then Boys)

2pm Awards ceremony outside the lounge


Awards ceremony will be held outside the lounge at 2pm, podium plates will be awarded to 1st – 3rd of each division


Pre-season training for all the MAC Rugby players continues on the rugby field at a new date and time this week. It is strongly encouraged ALL players attend the training sessions (or as many as possible).

Please be on the school rugby field with boots, mouthguard and a water bottle on Thursday ready for a 4.30pm start.

Confirmed Fixtures:  Boys 1st XV pre-season game: 23 March against Central Southland in Winton.


Netball for our students is run by MANC - the Mt Aspiring Netball Club. This volunteer committee works year round to coordinate the participation of over 200 of our students in netball each year.

Registrations for the upcoming season are now open. Please see the links below to register and also for more information on each year group.

Registrations: Netball 2024 Registration Form

Year 7/8 Information: Netball year 7 and 8 FAQ's

Year 9/10 Information: Year 9 and 10 Netball Info

Senior Non Competitive and Competitive Info

Contact: Please email with any queries.


The Otago/Southland Water Ski Championships are coming up later this month. Please see the information below for more details and the link to the entry form. Please note that this is a parent-led event, so parents will be responsible for processing the entries, transport to and from the event and also supporting the students at the event. Once you have completed your entry form, please come and see us at the Sports Hub to get a school jacket to wear at the event.

Key details:

  • Sunday 25 February
  • Millers Flat, Perkins Pond
  • Entries due Thursday 22 February, although on the day registrations will still be accepted
  • Enter here
  • See the event facebook page here

If you have any further questions about the event, please contact Glyn Burrows ( or 027 454 6073).


The Eagles Intercollegiate Schools Golf Tournament is taking place on Monday 4 March. This event is open to all students in years 9-13. Please let us know if you would like to enter in this tournament by Monday 19 February.

Key Details:

  • Monday 4 March 2024
  • Venue: Taieri Lakes Golf Club
  • Tee off 11.00 am - 18 holes
  • Team and individual categories
  • Teams to comprise of 3 players. The best 2 out of 3 scores count as the team total.
  • The winning team will represent the Otago district at the New Zealand Secondary Schools tournament in September.
  • Individual entries for the individual section are encouraged.
  • All players must have an official handicap.
  • Maximum field of 100 players.
  • A non-handicap division may be added depending on numbers.

The best two individual schoolboys (gross scores) and best individual schoolgirl (gross), aged under 17 years on 1 October 2024, qualify for entry to the NZ Eagles Girls & Boys Championships, TBC


We love to hear what our MAC students have been up to in the sporting arena. Please keep us up to date with any news at


Congratulations to two of our head students - Tom Sides and Zavier Taylor who competed in the Coast to Coast last weekend. They raced in the Tandem Category and after two long days they came away with first place in the Schools Tandem Category and 6th out of 50 tandem teams in the Open Category. Congratulations Tom and Zavier - what an adventure!

Zavier Taylor and Tom Sides ready to race! — 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.


Thinking about playing netball this year and wanting to get a bit fitter, stronger and better prepared for the season ahead?

Keen to get some ideas about what you can do at home and at the gym to reduce your injury risk and play your best netball this season?

Come along to FREE preseason netball training with physiotherapist Paula Shortall, NetballSmart Activator.

MAC outdoor courts Thursday 29 February and 7 March 6-7pm.

Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Upper Clutha Hockey Club 2024 Season Information

If you are considering playing hockey this season you can join the Upper Clutha Hockey Club, our local club, which belongs to the Central Otago Hockey Association.

We have a half sized turf in Wānaka located beside the Wānaka Recreation Centre (41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive) where practices will be held.

Registration:  Open in March; keep an eye out for the registration link on our Facebook Page, website or in the school newsletter ( /Facebook: Upper Clutha Hockey Club)

Season:  Club: May - August (term 2 and 3)

Rep hockey: July ( National U18s men/ U18s women tournaments take place during the winter holidays); you are eligible to play for the Central Otago Hockey Association if you sign up with a club in Central Otago;

School: Winter Tournament Week ( Term 3, week 8) - there will be a separate trial held to be selected for the school tournament team.

Games:  Games are played on the full sized turf in Cromwell and some games in Queenstown during weekdays.

The Division 1 or Senior Reserve A teams are co-ed teams and play on a Friday afternoon/evening - UCHC will have one 1st XI mixed gender team entering this grade

The division 2/ Senior Reserve B grade is a single sex competition with girls teams (Y9-13) playing on a Thursday and the boys teams (Y9-13) playing on a Mondayl; Upper Clutha Hockey club hopes to enter a girls and a boys team into this grade;

In the High School grades 3 games are usually played each afternoon (@4.30pm or 4.45pm @5.45pm or 5.50pm @7pm or 7.10pm)

Trials:  Trials for the 1st XI mixed hockey team will be held after registrations have closed at the end of March (date to be announced; you will need to register for trials should you wish to play in the 1st XI team)

Transport:  Transport for hostel students to the games will be sorted by the managers of the teams

OP Classes:  There is often a clash with OP classes on the afternoon hockey is on; If you have OP you most likely won’t make the first game played in the afternoon; if you are an experienced hockey player who thinks they most likely will make the 1st XI team and your OP class in on a Friday, you may want to discuss a change of OP class with your teacher.

Coaching/Umpiring:  If you are keen to coach a team or want to umpire, let us know! Coaching hours count towards the student in the community (SIC) hours and will reduce your subscription. We pay our umpires

You may also play up a grade for the men or women's team in the Senior Central Otago competition for no extra fees (game day is on Saturdays)

Contact:  If you have any further questions, please contact Chrissi Pettit via email ( or phone (021795919)

2023 UCHC 1st XI mixed team (winner of the Div 1 grade)

2023 UCHC 1st XI mixed team (winner of the Div 1 grade) — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Peak Endurance Wānaka is offering two different training groups for Mount Aspiring College students in Term 1.

The High School Run Group is on Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30pm from the MAC field. It costs $172.50 per term, and the registration link can be found on This group is for people of all ages and experience; each week there are options for beginners all the way up to students who want to race athletics or triathlon. If someone wants to get fitter for their team sport, this is a good option for them too!

The High School Strength Group is at the Peak Endurance gym on Thursdays 6:45am-7:45am. It costs $201 per term and the registration page can also be found at This class is also for all levels and students with a range of interests- high performance in a specific sport, or just learning how to get stronger.

If you have any questions please contact


Wānaka AFC - 2024 Registrations Now Open!

We’re excited to let you all know that registrations are NOW OPEN for the 2024 Wānaka AFC club season!

Registrations are open for the following:

  • 2024 Wānaka AFC Club Season: Juniors, Youth and Seniors
  • Come & Try: 4 weeks of free, non-committal 'have a go' sessions
  • Soccer Sisters Come & Try: 4 weeks of free, non-committal 'have a go' Girls Only sessions
  • Pre-Academy: Players U7-U12
  • The Academy: Invitation Only
  • School Holiday Programme: U7-U12, January 2024

You can find everything you need to know on the Wānaka AFC website, including information about age groups, training dates and times, season dates, fees, payment, how to register and more.

VISIT HERE to read more and register.

Make sure you check us out on Facebook and Instagram where we post regular updates, too!

Please feel free to get in touch with us directly if you have any questions or concerns, we are more than happy to help. You can reach us at or

Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Image by: Mount Aspiring College

Image by: Mount Aspiring College