Thamsyn part of a deep pool of talent
RACING EDITOR AND COLLEGE SPORT WRITER
You name it, Thamsyn Newton will excel at it. The talented Wellington Girls' College year 12 student has made national age-group teams in two sports this year and represented Wellington at a senior provincial level in another.
Newton, who turned 17 this month, made her debut for the Wellington Blaze cricket team last summer and has been selected for the New Zealand under-17 touch rugby and under-19 underwater hockey teams, with both heading to Australia later in the year.
However, Newton nominates rugby as her favourite sport and captained the Wellington Girls' College team last year, though the school did not have the numbers to field a side this winter.
Newton still has enough sporting assignments to keep her occupied, though she was sidelined for a time after "popping my knee" in a social football game. That forced her to miss the second trial for the under-19 underwater hockey team, but she had done enough at the earlier trial to claim a spot.
Newton, who began playing underwater hockey at primary school, is a member of the Wellington Girls' team which is unbeaten this year and won the central zone secondary schools tournament this month.
Wellington Girls' beat Sacred Heart 8-1 in the regional final, but the toughest match was a 3-3 draw against Nelson College for Girls.
The entire Wellington Girls' squad was selected for the Wellington under-18 training squad.
The team has now set its sights on a medal at the national secondary-schools tournament in Wellington, in September.
"They are still improving and a medal at the nationals is definitely something we are aiming for," said coach Jess Freeland, who hopes to arrange games against local boys' teams in the buildup.
Christina Neil and skipper Ollie Leppard are the starting forwards in the side, with New Zealand under-19 representative Gabi Steer at centre. Newton and year 11 players Amy van Bunnick and goalie Emma Symonds complete the starting lineup.
Steer, a year 12, was the MVP at the regionals. "Gabi has done a fantastic job," Freeland said.
Wellington Girls' also won the junior division at the regionals, a double matched by Scots College, who also won both sections.
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- © Fairfax NZ News
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