Hero photograph
Ben Davies (Year 9) receives his gold medal at National Secondary Schools’ Judo Championships
Photo by Supplied

Other Sporting Highlights

St Paul's Collegiate School —

  • On 8th July, the Waikato/Bay Area Judo Association hosted the National Secondary Schools’ Judo Championships at Aquinas College in Tauranga. There were 63 entries. Ben Davies won Gold in the Under 50kg division.
  • On Sunday, 2nd September, Ben followed this up with winning Gold in the Under 50Kg division at the North Island Judo Championships held in Kapiti.
  • On Saturday, 9th June, the St Paul’s surfing team travelled to Raglan to compete in the Waikato Scholastics Surfing contest. All member of the team managed to place in the final of their respective age group. With the sun shining and a consistent swell of 3ft, the contest got underway. First up for St Paul’s was Ben Storey, in the 14-year age group. His consistent surfing and cheeky smile warranted a third place finish in the final. St Paul’s dark-horse, Mac Parker surfed a solid day in the under 16 division, progressing through heats to find himself in the final against fellow St Paul’s student, Hector Munro. The final consisted of some solid surfing, which rewarded the St Paul’s wave warriors with a fourth and second place respectively. Hector’s second and Ben’s third placings resulted in selection into the Waikato surfing team going to the nationals in Gisborne later in the year.
  • On 7th July, four students competed in the North Island Schools’ Road Cycling Championship. On a bleak morning, Riley Wills, Oliver Larcombe and Matthew Waddell took part in the team time trial. Riding against larger squads, they did well come to come 13th out of 38 teams. Following this was the Road Race. In a group of almost 60 riders, Oliver and Matthew contested the U16 division over a distance of 45km. With some of the top riders in the country racing, the pace was too high for anyone to break away. This resulted in a peloton of over 20 riders finishing within a few seconds of each other. Oliver amongst this group, and Matthew, having stopped during the ride, coming in just behind the peloton and ahead of the rest of the field. Angus Riordan rode in the highly competitive U17 division over 55km. Again, at a high pace, there was no opportunity for riders to break away. Angus flew over the finish line amongst the peloton, again, all within a few seconds. Each of our riders dug deep and showed they had the fitness to compete against the best riders in the country.
  • Temple Beauchamp played in the New Zealand Maori Rangatahi Rugby League Tournament held in Rotorua over Queens Birthday weekend. Temple was selected for the U17 Maori Rugby League team and he was named best player of the whole tournament. But the best news from the weekend was that Temple has been offered a contract with the Canberra Raiders, which he will take up in 2020, after finishing his schooling at St Paul’s.
  • International student, Shiven Dukhande, has been selected to play in the U20 World Rugby Tournament in Romania, representing Hong Kong in late August.
  • Stark Sun competed in two tennis tournaments over the last holiday break. They were both in Tier 2, but this is still a very high grade of tennis. He was successful in coming third in one tournament and runner-up in the other.
  • Ben Littlejohn has been selected for the New Zealand Junior Swim team in the 16 and 17 age groups to compete in the Australian State team’s event in Canberra in early October. The New Zealand team will compete against all the Australian states in a team’s competition.
  • Anahia Noble was selected in the tournament team from the Netball NZ U17 national tournament that she attended as a member of the Hamilton City U17A team, which she also co-captained. The tournament was held in Palmerston North in the second week of the school holiday break and was attended by 42 U17 representative teams from through the country. The tournament team was selected by Netball NZ selectors, with selection based on individual performance throughout the tournament. Lily Carr-Paterson and Abby Payne also attended the tournament as members of the Hamilton City U17B team.
  • With the impressive performance of our crews in finishing 20th equal in the Star Trophy (i.e. overall points championship) and the outstanding efforts of our female crews in mainly A finals for the prestigious girls coxless pair, coxed four and coxed eight at the Maadi Rowing Regatta earlier in 2018, the following students were presented with their Top Ten badges (i.e. awarded to each rower placed in a top 10 of an U18 event – excluding novice):
  • Kate Littlejohn - girls coxless pair; girls coxed four and girls coxed eight
  • Grace Watson – girls coxless pair; girls coxed four and girls coxed eight
  • Jasmine Fountaine – girls coxed four and girls coxed eight
  • Victoria Chanwai – girls coxed four and girls coxed eight
  • Alice Emeny – girls coxed four and girls coxed eight
  • Mia Bradford – girls coxed eight
  • Abby Payne – girls coxed eight
  • Abby Bartels – girls coxed eight
  • Madeleine Dickie – girls coxed eight