Mount Aspiring College South Island Secondary Schools Rowing SquadFrom left, back row: Matt Rickard (coach), Hugo Sinclair, Hugh Ragg (behind), Joseph Combe, Edward Ives, Tom Irvine, Coast Morland, Philip Massey, Sienna Marsden, Lola Ritchie, Annika Massey, Ebony Howes, Annie Wells, Catty David, Lucy Radford, Cameron Shore, Lily Garrett, Emily Hunt, Rob Bruce (coach) From left, middle row: Alex Pedersen, William Pascoe, Caroline Smith, Neve Twiname, Alianna Hay, Meg Ritchie, Catie Pascoe Front: Anton Jones & Harry Hope. (Missing from photo: Rowers Madison Smith & Pippa Hartnett and coaches Olivia Cockroft & Nina Lawerence) by Mount Aspiring College


MAC Athletics Sports were held last Friday in glorious weather! It was a day full of speed, strength, fantastic participation and five school records were broken!

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 our team of athletes who are competing in the Otago Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Dunedin this weekend.
  • Good luck to the 50 year 9-13 students who are competing in the QUAD tournament in Cromwell next week against Cromwell High School and Central Southland College.

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:

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 important information about upcoming events, including links to entry forms. 


Our annual Swim Sports day is coming up on Friday 15 March. You can check out the details in an email from our Head of Learning Area - Health and Physical Education Neil Stuart sent to parents and caregivers on Wednesday 6 March, and you can read the event timetable here.  

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MAC rugby registrations are now due for all Years 9-13 players. Please visit to register.

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Netball registrations have now closed and the trials and grading sessions are underway.

Years 9/10:

Sunday 10 March - 3:30 - 6pm - Aspiring Central (Old Mitre 10 Building)

Wednesday 13 March - 3:30 - 6pm - Wānaka Rec Centre

Please wear PE uniform.

Years 11/13:

Sunday 10 March - 6-8pm - Aspiring Central (Old Mitre 10 Building)

Wednesday 13 March - 6-8pm - Wānaka Rec Centre

Please wear PE uniform.

If you have any netball related questions, please contact


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


The MAC Athletics Sports were held last Friday in glorious weather! It was a day full of speed, strength, fantastic participation and five school records being broken!

Overall Individual results

Year 7 Girls

1st - Harriet Grant (13pts)

2nd - Aoife O’Regan (9pts)

3rd - Emily Boswell (7pts)

Year 7 Boys

1st - Willis McCarroll (12pts)

2nd - Ollie Wright (8pts)

3rd - Jared Enoka (7pts)

Year 8 Girls

1st = Hana Carnie & Sophia McClintock (9pts)

2nd - Ruby Swamy (8pts)

3rd - Lily Lake (7pts)

Year 8 Boys

1st - Harper Norman (14pts)

2nd = Troy Brett, Harry Dickson, Mason Wisbey (6pts)

3rd - Blake Dickens (5pts)

U14 Girls

1st - Vienna Harley (11pts)

2nd - Eve Pfahlert (6pts)

3rd = Stella Harper & Eva Small (5pts)

U14 Boys

1st - Lockie Roy (11pts)

2nd - Deacon Gwilliam Browne (9pts)

3rd - Vinnie Lamb & Duncan Turner (8pts)

U16 Girls

1st - Amaya East (12pts)

2nd - Nico Pettit (8pts)

3rd = Heidi Kendrick & Fleur Jansen (5pts)

U16 Boys

1st - Hugh Ragg (22pts)

2nd - Jack Sides (15pts)

3rd - Cameron Wilson (7pts)

O16 Girls

1st - Millie East (18pts)

2nd - Kate Watson (10pts)

3rd - Lulu Pettit (7pts)

O16 Boys

1st - Tom Sides (14pts)

2nd - Cameron Armstrong (11pts)

3rd = Ryan Enoka & Cody Gemmell (6pts)

House points:

1st Roy 1223

2nd Pisa 1132

3rd Barker 1104

4th Iron 993

Official records broken on the day:

400m Boys O16 Boys

Cody Armstrong. 52.19 secs

Broke; Paul Hodgson 53.91, 2007. (17 year old record)

High Jump O16 Boys

Stan Parker, 1.87m

Broke; Michael Walker, 1.86m. 1998. ( 26 year old record )

Long Jump O16 Girls

Millie East. 4.58m

Broke; Mandy Osnabugge, 4.55m. 1990. (34 year old record)

Discus Year 7 Boys

Jared Enoka 29.55m

Broke: Fergus Read 25.40m 2014 (10 year old record)

Discus O16 Boys

Ryan Enoka 39.09m

Broke: Hans Mills 34.18m 2011 (13 year old record)

Eliza Metcalfe (Year 7) competing in the 400m race — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Charlie Agalliu (Year 9) competing in the Shot Put — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Cohen Lange (Year 9) competing in the Long Jump — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Over 16 girls competing in the 100m sprint — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


South Island Secondary School Championships

The squad of 28 Mount Aspiring College rowers had a very successful weekend up in Twizel at the South Island Secondary School Champs, coming away with many awesome results in 8 A-finals and 6 B-finals (including 1 gold and 2 bronze medals). Day one consisted of 23 heats throughout the day, starting off strong with the girls under-15 quad with Catie Pascoe, Neve Twiname, Lily Garrett, Alianna Hay and coxswain Emily Hunt placed 5th in their heat and made it through to repechage the following day where they placed 4th and then went on to come 6th in the B-final. 

This was then followed with the girls under-18 double sculls with Annie Wells and Annika Massey who placed 1st in their heat which secured them a spot straight into the A-final where they won bronze! Sienna Marsden placed 2nd in her heat for the girls under-16 single which got her a spot straight into the A-final alongside ex-Mount Aspiring rowers Fenella Millen and Hana Jones where Sienna placed 4th in a very tight finish. 

In the boys novice double, Hugo Sinclair and Harry Hope placed 1st in their heat by a decent 12 seconds which set them up perfectly to take out the gold medal in the A-final with a quick time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds. William Pascoe and Hugh Ragg also raced in the boys novice double and did very well with a placing of 6th in the B-final. Lola Ritchie smashed out her girls under-17 single sculls placing second in her heat, securing a ride straight to A-finals where she placed 8th in the South Island. 

In the girls under-16 quad with Lucy Radford, Sienna Marsden, Ebony Howes, Catty David and coxswain Caroline Smith placed 3rd in their heat on the first day in a very close race and then went on to dominate the repechage on day two by winning and securing a place in the A-final where they placed 8th. The two girls novice quads both did very well with Caroline Smith, Catty David, Meg Ritchie, Alianna Hay and coxswain Emily Hunt narrowly missed out on the A-final by 0.4 of a second but went on to smash out the B-final, placing 3rd. The second girls novice quad with Lily Garrett, Cameron Shore, Pippa Hartnett, Madi Smith and Coxwain Catie Pascoe did very well to place 7th in a tough first heat. 

The boys novice quad and four with Hugh Ragg, Coast Morland, Joseph Combe, Edward Ives and coxswain Tom Irvine did very well for only their second time rowing together in the four. Phillip Massey did very well in his under-18 single to place 1st in the B-final and the boys under-18 double with Phillip Massey and Anton Jones placed 6th in the A-final which is an awesome result for under-18. The boys novice quad with Hugo Sinclair, Harry Hope, Will Pascoe, Alex Pedersen and coxswain Caroline Smith placed 2nd in their heat to guarantee a lane in the A-final where they closely placed 4th. 

Finally the girls under-18 quad with Annie Wells, Annika Massey, Lola Ritchie, Sienna Marsden and coxswain Caroline Smith got an incredible result of 3rd place in the A-final. Overall it was a great weekend of racing for the whole squad and a massive thankyou to all of our amazing coaches: Rob, Matt, Nina and Olivia, club captain Will Radford, school rowing coordinator Angela Rickard and all of the parent helpers and supporters who made this regatta happen.

Written by Lucy Radford (Year 12)

Girls u18 coxed Quad Sculls - BRONZE Matt Rickard (coach), Sienna Marsden, Lola Ritchie, Annika Massey, Annie Wells, Caroline Smith (coxswain) — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Boys U18 Novice Double Sculls GOLD - Hugo Sinclair, Rob Bruce (coach) & Harry Hope — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Boys U18 novice coxed four: From back to front of boat - Edward Ives, Joseph Combe, Coast Morland, Hugh Ragg, Lucy Radford (coxswain) — Image by: Mount Aspiring College
Girls U18 novice double sculls - From left to right - Lily Garrett & Cameron Shore — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Last weekend, the Mount Aspiring College Mixed Touch team represented MAC at the Otago Secondary Schools in Mosgiel. They played amazing considering the hot weather conditions, and developed even further as a team with support from one another. They unfortunately came away from it with a loss to Taieri College and Cromwell College but winning their last game to St Kevins College. The team is now currently working towards South Island Secondary Schools. We can’t wait to see what this tournament holds for the team.

Report written by: Olivia-Mae Stanley

MAC Senior Mixed Touch Team — Image by: Mount Aspiring College


Last weekend 10 students competed in the South Island Secondary School Triathlon Championships in Oamaru. There was a huge turnout from around the South Island for this event and there was some very fast racing and outstanding results from our MAC students.

Senior Boys

2nd - Josh Moody

4th - Tom Sides

Intermediate Boys

2nd - Jack Sides

5th - Tarn Currie

6th - Daniel Terry

11th - Marshall Watson

Junior Boys

10th - Theo Taylor

15th - George Cruden

20th - Hugo Weatherall

21st - Lincoln Weatherall

Some members of the MAC triathlon team who competed at the South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships last weekend. Left to right: Theo Taylor, Marshall Watson, Tarn Currie, Tom Sides, Jack Sides and Daniel Terry — 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.


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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


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

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

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