by Rachel Fitness

Sporting highlights

  • Sitiveni Lose performed outstandingly in the recent Colgate Games (i.e. for young people under 14 years of age, gaining a gold medal (and new PB) in the high jump with a jump of 1.80m; silver medal (and new PB) in the hurdles with a time of 14.86s; and another silver medal as a member of the relay team.
  • Travis Cashmore played representative touch rugby for the Waikato U18s in their nationals lead up Tri Series Tournament against BOP, Thames Valley and BOP U18s, with the Waikato team ending this round as the winners.
  • Both Frazer and Elliot Tam have been selected to represent New Zealand for Inline Hockey. Elliot for the U14’s will be going to Hawaii for the Junior Olympics and Frazer for the New Zealand Junior Men’s team travelling to Barcelona for the World Championships Roller Games.
  • On Sunday, 2 December 2018, Thomas McAdams and Riley Wills, combined with a cyclist from Rototuna Senior High School to form a Hamilton City Cycling Club team to compete in the Under 17 Boys division of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Team Time Trial. The event was held in Gordonton on a flat, fast course. Thomas and Riley’s team finished first, thereby gaining a gold medal in this event. They raced over a distance of 20 kilometres in a time of 31 minutes and 38 seconds at an average speed of 37.9kph.
  • Marcus Ross won Gold at the first round of the Mountain Bike NZ National Downhill Series in Dome Valley on Saturday, 2 February. He is to be congratulated on this magnificent accomplishment.
  • Adrian Kennedy represented his local Raglan community in the 32km James Bhutty Moore-morial Race, an open ocean Waka Ama race that attracted 130 paddlers this year. Adrian, who only started paddling 18 months ago, has come a long way due to an incredibly supportive training crew and also having made the decision to make Waka Ama his sport of choice. He completed the race in an impressive 3:38 minutes and placed third in the Under 21 division.
  • On Saturday, 9 February, four St Paul’s athletes competed in the Porritt Classic, an event where athletes from all round the country come to compete. Highlights included Brooke Batters winning the 50m hurdles; Caroline Kolver 3rd in the U20 Shotput; Mattheus Pio 4th in the Open Men’s 200m sprint and Sitiveni Lose 3rd in the Men’s hurdles.