This week we move in to term four and we are back in to summer sports mode with several of the summer sports being able to produce only a very limited competition season because of the short term and senior students being here for only four weeks before exam leave.
Some of the summer sports, such as touch and volleyball, started their seasons in the later part of term 3 to help cater for senior students.
Our main focus this term will be the Southland Secondary Schools Sports Awards held on November 15 at the Ascot Park Hotel.
The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the success of our secondary school athletes and administrators. For 2013 there have been some outstanding achievements by our athletes not only on the national stage but also at international level. The guest speaker for this year's awards will be Alison Shanks NZ Olympic gold medallist in cycling.
Another priority for term 4 is focusing on junior sport.
On November 12 Kevin Braswell and Jason McKenzie will speak with some of the Academy Southland athletes. Later in November we will hold our annual Junior Sports Day where year 9 and 10 students are given the chance to choose a sporting option they have not previously tried.
We have organised to hold one day in Gore on November 27 and one in Invercargill on November 29 to cater for the geographic spread of our Southland schools.
The initiative is to introduce students to sports and activities that may be new to them and encourage them to get actively involved.
Southland events that will take place this term will be the Southland Rock Climbing Champs this Saturday at the YMCA, the Southland Condor sevens rugby tournament, the Southland One Day Equestrian event on November 10.
Southland will again host the South Island Junior Waterpolo tournament from the November 22 to 24 and the South Island Track Cycling Champs on November 30.
Information and entry forms for these events can be found on our website www.southlandschoolsport.co.nz . A 2014 calendar is also being compiled this week and will be sent out initially to schools as a draft. If any sports-related groups wish for dates for events to be included that are applicable to secondary school students, please contact us.
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