Youth Sport

Highs and lows for teams

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Canterbury secondary school students have been flat out at national and South Island winter tournament week.

St Margaret’s too good

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Senior A netball team confident they can bounce back from last year's poor showing at national secondary school championship.

Boxing champ a gentle giant

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He's more than two metres tall and ripped with muscles, but 16-year old Tim Unwin is an intelligent, soft-talking gentle giant.

Two titles in two days

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St Margaret's College's senior A netball side have pulled of a rare achievement - winning trophies on consecutive days.

Unity crucial to success

Alex Nankivell

Christchurch Boys' High vice-captain Alex Nankivell credits a unified team culture as the key to their stellar rugby season.

ID system to foil grade-hoppers

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Sneaky school rugby teams who boost lower grade sides with better players could be caught out.

An eye on the NRL

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A proposed new Christchurch-based player academy will better prepare young SI players for moves to NRL clubs.

Determined to end drought

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Christchurch Boys' High captain Sean Forster hopes it will be third time lucky in a college rugby final on Saturday.

Powerlifter aims to break records

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas is on a triple-goal mission. He wants to win a world title, break a world record and bench press three times his body weight.

Timaru Boys' embrace semifinal test

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Switch off and you'll be punished. That's the message Timaru Boys' High first XV rugby coach Shane Enright is trying to send.

Twelve in a row for St Margaret's


St Margaret's College have built a hockey dynasty after again winning the Canterbury premier schoolgirls' title.

School's forward pack quiet achievers

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Christchurch Boys' High's diminutive forward pack have been integral to the side's unbeaten journey to Saturday's Press Cup rugby semifinals.

Medals galore at Games

Anton Cooper

Canterbury athletes performed strongly at Glasgow and many have been graduates of The Press' youth sport page.

Boet's golfing holiday

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A 16-year-old from St Andrew's College played in two US golf tournaments over the school break.

Prendergast, our golden girl

Grace Prendergast

Avon Rowing club member wins women's coxless pair title at the under-23 world championships in Italy.

Contract a confidence booster

Kyle Jamieson

At 2.03m tall and with the ability to hurtle a ball at 135kmh, Kyle Jamieson is an intriguing Canterbury cricket prospect.

Under-19 women take title

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The stellar inside and outside play of the Canterbury Metro basketball team was the secret to its success.

Gymnasts bag scholarships

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Two talented young Canterbury male gymnasts have been awarded junior development scholarships.

Canty's revenge over Midlands


Triumph at the under-18 national hockey tournament was extra sweet for the Canterbury men's team.

A true sporting all-rounder

Cam Bailey

Most people dream of representing their country in one sport, but Cam Bailey has aspirations to make it in three.

Mixed bag at netball nationals

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There were varied results for Canterbury sides at last week's age-group netball nationals in Dunedin.

Elliott shines at Oceania champs

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Rangi Ruru's Rosie Elliott captures gold and silver at international event in Rarotonga.

Flanagan on track for world champs

Rosa Flanagan

Rising track star Rosa Flanagan has set herself a goal of making the final at the world junior champs in Oregon.

Stac claim national titles

Mitchell Small and Ari Graham

St Andrew's College beaming after two of their students won junior titles at the national cross country champs.

Canterbury trio to feature

Dominic Newman, Catherine Tinning and David Brydon

Three of Canterbury's top young hockey players are ready to embrace the sport's exciting new format at August's Youth Olympics.

Williamson hopes to wow judges

Millie Williamson

Christchurch gymnast Millie Williamson credits her Youth Olympics selection to training regularly with older competitors.

Shields: Great feeling to win in US

Catherine Shields

Catherine Shields has helped Ohio State University win the National Collegiate Athletic Association rowing champs.

Kayak duo 'Hungary' for success

Danielle Currie and Lucy Johnson

Canterbury kayak sprinter Danielle Currie has been named for in the NZ squad for the under-23 world championships.

North Canterbury rower wins US title

Julian Svoboda

Winning a national college championship in the United States is now one of life's highlights for Julian Svoboda.

Ogilvie fences his way up

Sheldon Ogilvie

Christchurch fencer Sheldon Ogilvie laughs when he reflects back on his first competition six years ago.

Title extra sweet for Burnside runner

Sean Eustace

Sean Eustace drew on previous disappointment to spur him to victory at a Canterbury cross-country championship.

McKenzie shines as fullback

Damian McKenzie

Damian McKenzie was certainly noticed in the Junior All Blacks' opening win at the Junior Rugby World Cup.

Keeping streak alive big motivation

Jesse Houston

Christchurch Boys' High No 8 Jesse Houston says his team did not want to be the ones to slip up against Christ's College.

Elley's star continues to soar

Charlotte Elley

Rising Canterbury netball talent Charlotte Elley has added a vice-captain accolade to her growing CV.

The female Jonah Lomu

American teen impresses at Burnside academy

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Nia Toliver has only been in Christchurch a few weeks, but has already impressed Burnside High's rugby academy.

Global game for teen

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Top Canterbury women's footballer Meikayla Moore is building up for the under-20 women's World Cup in Brazil.

Avery produces perfect race

Cameron Avery

Cashmere High School's Cameron Avery wasn't the quickest runner in the field at the Canterbury secondary schools road race, so he had to be the smartest.

No horsing around

Maddie Crowe

Two Canterbury riders have gained selection in the NZ youth squad for the Young Rider Championship in Melbourne.

Munro wants more of same

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Young Christchurch driver James Munro will return to Shanghai to contest round two of the Formula Masters China Series.

St Margaret's knocked out

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St Margaret's College were knocked out at the semifinal stage of the national college netball series.

Nisbet joins elite company

Shou Nisbet

Shou Nisbet wrote his name into the NBL records on Friday night, but for him it was just another game.

Wildcat wins US scholarship

Tessa Boagni

Canterbury basketball starlet Tessa Boagni will head to California State University in July on a four-year scholarship.

BMX whiz has Dutch courage

Cayleb Martin

Christchurch student Cayleb Martin is finalising preparations for the world championships in Rotterdam.

Midcourter 'most improved'

Jessica Shaw

No-one showed more progress during the NZ secondary school netball trials than Marian College's Jessica Shaw.

Netball whiz makes trial stage

Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw named in NZ secondary schools preliminary squad to attend a final camp in Auckland next week.

Goal grabber tipped for glory

Shawn O'Brien

Canterbury United's Shawn O'Brien has scored eight goals in six games for league leaders Cashmere Technical.

Rennell a talent on the rise


Villa Maria College swimmer Emily Rennell has created quite the splash over the past fortnight.

Graham sneaks under mentor's record

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St Andrew's College's athlete Ari Graham will be able to fire a gentle barb at training partner and leading New Zealand middle distance runner Angie Smit.

Kiwis overpower Australia

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The Canterbury-dominated New Zealand youth polo team have toppled their Australian counterparts.

Podmore powers into junior worlds

Olivia Podmore

There isn't much about Olivia Podmore's track cycling ability that surprises coach Hamish Ferguson anymore.

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