Sporting champions at Waimea College
The 22nd annual Waimea College sports awards were held last week, recognising the college's top athletes with major prizes, individual sport specific honours and a new tradition, capping national representatives and champions.
Waimea's World Cup hero Emily Jensen was the 2012 winner of the Glue Family Cup for greatest achievement in sport. A member of the New Zealand Junior Football Ferns, Emily scored against Brazil at the under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in September. In addition, she was a member of the Mainland Women's football team that competed in the national league and represented Tasman in the under-17 touch team.
Sean Clementson was awarded the Errol Beattie Cup for allround excellence in sport - boys. Sean was the senior boys' athletics champion, a member of the senior mixed touch team and the First XV rugby team. He was also a member of the Nelson Bays under-18 rugby team and the Tasman under-18 rugby team.
The 1969 Girls' Prefect Cup for general excellence in sports went to Ella Marwick. In touch rugby, Ella was co-captain of the Waimea team, represented Nelson Bays, Tasman and New Zealand in the girls under-17 grade, while also playing for Tasman at under-21 level. Playing 102 games for the Waimea Senior A netball team, Ella's captaincy was instrumental in the team securing the South Island title. Ella was also the Tasman under-19 netball captain and named Tasman Netball's secondary school player of the year.
The Senior A netball team also picked up the Waimea College sports team of the year award. They were only the second Waimea College netball team to win a South Island title and also achieved more wins at the national tournament than last year. The team were runners-up in Nelson netball's premier grade.
In a first for the Waimea College sports awards 17 athletes were awarded ceremonial caps in recognition of their status as New Zealand representatives or New Zealand champions. They were:
Kaitlyn Stringer (under-18 Women's basketball team), Charlotte McConnochie (NZ Sport climbing team), Emily Jensen (under-17 junior football ferns), Kelsey Smith (under-18 hockey), Scott Barr (under-15 mountain bike title), Caitlin Holmes (mountain bike title), Ben Karalus (under-14 downhill mountain bike title), Hayden Squance (under-14 multisport champion), Libby Malthus (under-14 aquathlon champion), Francesco Cheruseo (under-19 triathlon team), Sean DuCray and Sam Johnston (under-16 double scull rowing title), Ella Marwick (under-17 women's touch team), Annie Eden, Brittani Harrington, Gracie Roberts and Hannah Davenhill (under-17 women's volleyball team).
In addition to those students, Fletcher Matthews was named in the New Zealand under-21 Maori rugby team. Cameron Ford has been chosen to represent the New Zealand under-17 track cycling team to contest the Oceania track cycling champs in Adelaide in November. Gracie will play for the New Zealand under-17 basketball team in November. Jeremy Ditzel will play for the New Zealand beach volleyball team in February 2013.
The individual awards featured three new awards, reflecting the diversification of sporting interests and the growing stature of, softball, touch rugby and multisport, in particular, at Waimea College.
Athletics: Heather Steer Trophy for outstanding performance in field events, boys - Brendon Barnett; Heather Steer Trophy for outstanding performance in field events, girls - Kelsey Smith; Price Cup for senior boys' champion - Sean Clementson; Karen Overton Cup for senior girls' champion - Kelsey Smith.
Cricket: Marris Cup for best bowler - Dallas Saunders; Richmond Sports Trophy for best batsman - Daniel Hooper; Richmond Sports Trophy for best fielder - Shaw Mori; Nelson Sports Depot Trophy for best all round performance - Rory Weston; Wilson Cup for contribution to girls' cricket - Claudia Green.
Golf: Quinton Trophy for excellence in golf - Ryan Chisnall.
Swimming: J Rainey Cup for senior girls' champion - Brittany Spencer.
Softball: Waimea College Softball Cup for most valuable player, girls - Savannah Tapiki; Waimea College Softball Cup for most valuable player, boys - Brad Fisher.
Touch: Shirley Cup for greatest contribution to touch - Ella Marwick.
Volleyball: Egan Cup for greatest contribution to girls' volleyball - Sophia Johnston; Sandra Kenning Trophy for most improved girl - Charlie Darling; Michael Hansen Trophy for most improved boy - Jeremy Ditzel; Baird Trophy for greatest contribution to boys' volleyball - Bailey Pitcher.
Badminton: Curnow Cup for excellence - Rory Weston; Waimea College Trophy for badminton - Michelle Westley.
Basketball: Taylors Footwear Cup for most valuable player, boys - Blair Kircher; Jovan Vucinic Cup for best defensive player, boys - Brodie Hanna; Greg Wright Memorial Cup - Brian Kim; Waimea Basketball Club Trophy for the most valuable player, girls - Kaitlyn Stringer; Adele Stevens Cup for best defensive player, girls - Kelsey Smith; Connie Dick Cup for dedication to basketball - Gracie Roberts.
Cycling: Swain Cycling Trophy, boys - Daniel Ellison; Swain Cycling Trophy, girls - Caitlin Holmes.
Football: M+D Electrical Cup for most valuable player, First XI girls - Annie Brown; Waimea College Cup for greatest contribution - Casey Hamson and Anna Hodgson; Waimea College Trophy for most improved player - Megan Oliver; Oakley Cup First XI boys' soccer most improved player - Luke Henman; Award for Special Contribution to First XI soccer, boys - Sam Barnett; Lockington Trophy First XI boys' soccer most valuable player - Dion Keetley.
Hockey: Tania James Trophy for most improved player, girls - Jess Peter; Waimea College Women's Hockey Cup for greatest contribution - Amelia Van Zoelen; Andrew Smith Trophy for most improved player, boys - Kullum Ladley; Chapman Trophy for tournament play - Hamish Sinclair.
Lawn Bowls: Lawnmaster Trophy for bowling excellence - Jessica Connor.
Mountain Biking: Waimea College MTB champion, boys - Scott Barr; Waimea College MTB champion, girls - Caitlin Holmes.
Multisport: Swain Trophy for multisporter of the year - Hayden Squance; Waimea College Cup for greatest contribution to adventure racing - Lachlan Brownlie and Nathan Sturrock.
Netball: K Thelin Cup for best all round performer - Gracie Roberts; Coach's Cup for greatest contribution - Ella Marwick.
Rockclimbing: Waimea College Climbing Trophy - Charlotte McConnochie.
Rugby: V Snow Cup for best forward - Dan McLauchlan; Bowater Cup for best back - Fletcher Matthews; K R Taylor Challenge Cup for most improved player - Hamish LeComte; First XV player of the year - Tim Coman; Waimea College girls' rugby most valuable player - Taylor Curtis.
Shooting: Inwood Trophy for most improved boy - Dean Hayton.
Skiing/Snowboarding: Waimea College Cup for outstanding achievement, skiing - Alex Inkster; Waimea College Cup for outstanding achievement, snowboarding - Adele Walker and Rueben Kerr.
Special Ed: Waimea College Special Ed sports achievement award, boys - Kyi Tha Htain; Waimea College Special Ed sports achievement award, girls - Sonia Beach.
The Nelson Mail