New Zealand Secondary Schools' Athletics Championships - December 2020 by PNBHS

A Golden Weekend for the PNBHS Athletics Team

Two individual Gold medals, Gold in both the Junior and Senior 4 x 100m relays for the first time ever were some of the highlights from the NZSSAA Championships held in Tauranga from the 11 - 13th of December 2020.

A PNBHS team of twelve competed with distinction to gain the following outstanding results.

All boys made semifinals.  The weather was warm with a strong headwind down the home straight.

Junior (U16):

Braxton Kauri - 100m Hurdles 14.96 secs (PB 9th); 1st in 300 Hurdles 40.14 E.T. (39.9 secs H.T.). A gutsy performance in a tight finish, a personal best and a new school record.

Forbes Kennedy - 1st in Long Jump 6m 54cm - a top effort; 200m finalist in a close-run race - 7th 23.49 sec (PB).

Zack Roberts - 100m 12.2 secs - semi-finalist (PB); High Jump 15th at 1m 75cm.

Dylan Calder - 100m 12.00 secs (PB); 200m 25.00 secs (PB), semi-finalist in both events.

Senior (U20):

Angus Lyver had an outstanding meeting - 3rd in 200m 22.61 secs H.T.); Long Jump 2nd at 6m 80cm; Javelin 6th 48m 82cm - selected in NZ Secondary Schools team.

Ahmed Shehata - semi-finalist 100m at 11.87 secs; semi-finalist 200m at 24.25 secs.

Dirki Botha - semi-finalist in 400m at 52.75 secs.

Greg Austin - semi-finalist in 400m at 53.81 secs; 800m 2 min 15 secs.

Aden Porritt - 6th in 300m Hurdles at 41.57 - a gutsy performance; semi-finalist in 400m at 52.65 secs.

Caleb Evans - semi-finalist in 200m at 23.98 secs.

Samuel Stichbury - 33rd in 1500m at 4 mins 26.6 secs; 25th in 6k Road Race

Jamie Dennis - 40th in 6k Road Race


Junior - 4 x 100m - 1st in a tight finish the team exhibited outstanding changes with Dylan Calder withstanding all challenges in the last leg. Other team members were Zack Roberts, Braxton Kauri, Forbes Kennedy - 45.30 E.T.) - a good time and a top team effort.

Senior - 4 x 100m - 1st in 44.54 secs. A top team effort from Aden Porritt, Caleb Evans and two superb changes and legs from Dirki Botha and a superb finish from Angus Lyver (5th to 1st - brilliant).

This double result in winning both titles is a first for the school - a rare feat to register. Previous best 1997 - seniors 1st and juniors 2nd.

4 x 400 seniors 6th - a gutsy effort gained will be good for future finals experience. Team members were G Austin, A Porritt, B Kauri, D Botha - 3 mins 34.6 secs

These results were built around an outstanding work ethic, proving school athletes can compete against the best if you train on a regular basis.

Many thanks to all the parents who attended. The boys appreciated your presence.

Many thanks to our Manager, Tony Chettleburgh from Tranzit Coachlines, whose knowledge and experience is appreciated.

This was a great effort making this achievement a tough yardstick for future teams to strive for.

2020 NZSS Athletics - Medal presentation PNBHS