With Sports Blues Awards coming up it is a good opportunity to share these guidelines.
Otago Girls’ High School awards Sports Blues to recognise outstanding achievement and participation in school sport. Criteria for an award of a Sports Blue are determined by individual sporting codes with the Board of Trustees approval. All awards are at the discretion of the Blues Committee.
Blues are not generally awarded to junior students unless they have shown exceptional ability and achievement; nominations of junior students will therefore be scrutinised closely. Juniors may receive an outstanding achievement award. The awarding of a Blue at Otago Girls’ High School is a premier award and a large number of factors are taken into account when deciding who will receive a Blue.
The Blues committee reserves the right to decline the award to any student it feels has not displayed the necessary level of sportsmanship and/or who does not reflect the core values of the school: Integrity (Kia Pono), Respect (Kia Whakaute) and Positivity (Kia Hihiri).
For minority sports, the following are considered:
● How big is the sport in Dunedin/ Otago /nationwide?
● How many competitors were there?
● Could the athlete have gone to the next tier of competition?
For major sports clearer guidelines are itemised below. Regional B teams are not generally included as sufficient criteria.
Where an individual does not have a pathway to reach a higher level for that sport then a Blue may be either awarded at the discretion of the committee or other guidelines may be put in place.
Blues are generally not awarded to teams. In the instance where a small team (eg. Equestrian) was to reach an exceptionally high level it may be appropriate for the Blues Committee to award a Blue to all members of the team. This is at the committee’s discretion and recognises that each member of the team would need to be performing at a very high level for the team to achieve this.
The committee may make allowances in circumstances where sickness, injury or examinations prevented participation.
The student should be in a Senior A or top team to receive a Blue
GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC SPORTS
Aerobics: Placed in top three in individual events at National competition and/or showed excellence within a team that placed in top 3 in the top senior grades (senior open, senior secondary teams).
Athletics: Placed in the top four at South Islands or top eight at National Secondary Schools' NZ Champs. Consideration is given to students placing at club nationals.
Badminton: Otago U16, U15 or U18 team or showed excellence as part of school team.
Basketball: Otago U17 or U19 team, New Zealand age group team (not Koru’s also, not NZ teams that are not associated with BBNZ) or showed excellence as part of Senior A school team.
Canoe Polo: Tournament team at SISS champs or Schools Nationals, or NZ squad, or showed excellence as a part of the team.
Climbing: Top three individual placing in regional competition or showed excellence as part of school team that gained top three placing.
Cricket: Otago U18 team, or showed excellence as part of school team.
Cross Country: Top three individual or team in Otago/Southland champs senior section.
Curling: Top three at National Secondary Schools, or showed excellence as part of school team.
Cycling: See multisport.
Equestrian: Placing at a Regional level (eg Springston event), or showed excellence as part of the team.
Football: Football South representative team or National Women’s league team, or displays excellence as part of that team.
Fencing: Displays excellence as part of school team or achieves highly at National Tournament.
Futsal: Making the final of the Otago Secondary Schools' tournament and/or showed excellence as part of the school team.
Handball: Otago/ NZ Senior representatives team or showed excellence as part of a school team.
Hockey: Southern U18A or showed excellence as part of school team.
Ice Hockey: Making the national team or showed excellence as part of school team.
Multisports: Either top three placings in provincial level U16 or U18 multisport or track/road cycling events run by recognised bodies or top three placings at provincial level in more than one recognised multisport event (eg. Road cycling and running, swimming and running, mountain skiing and kayaking).
Netball: Otago (Dunedin Netball Centre Senior age group A teams), National Development Squad or showed excellence as part of the school team.
Orienteering: Not yet confirmed.
Rowing: Top four placing in A final at SS S.I. champs or making an A final at SS Nationals, or displayed excellence as part of school team.
Rugby: Otago Secondary School team/South Island/NZ team or show excellence as part of school team.
Rugby Sevens: Otago Sevens rep or excellence as part of the school team.
Softball: Otago senior representative age group team, or if Otago age group teams are unavailable Southland senior representative teams, NZ age group representative teams (no to NZ teams not associated with Softball NZ), or showed excellence as part of school team.
Sailing: Top three placing in Gold division of Otago Regatta. Participation in races at NZ Secondary School Teams Racing Regatta. Or showed excellence as part of school team.
Squash: Excellence as part of school team.
Swimming: Top three placing at Otago Secondary Schools and/or qualify for finals at South Island or National Secondary School Championships, and/or being selected in Otago Squad for Division 1 age group (Nationals).
Tennis: Senior Otago age group representative to travel to tournament or showed excellence as part of school team.
Touch: Otago/NZ senior age group representative team or showed excellence as part of school team.
Volleyball: Named in tournament select team at National Secondary school Championships. Selection in S.I training/development squad or Otago Representative teams to be taken into consideration or showed excellence as part of school team.
Waterpolo: Tournament select team at SI champs, Schools Nationals, selection in senior Otago age group team or showed excellence as part of school team.