Young stars lured away to shine on bigger stage

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014
timaru athletes matt mackenzie georgia greig charlotte arthur
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MOVING ON: Charlotte Arthur, Georgia Greig and Matt Mackenzie.

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Several top South Canterbury secondary school athletes are moving to bigger cities to try to help their fledgling careers.

While not all have left for scholarships, their sporting endeavours were often considered a factor in the decision to change schools.

Craighead netballer Georgia Greig will spend her final secondary school year at St Margaret's in Christchurch - the South Island secondary school netball champions last year.

Matt Mackenzie has moved from Timaru Boys' High School (TBHS) to Auckland Grammar, thanks to the help of former South Canterbury Rugby Union rugby manager Cam Kilgour.

Former TBHS hockey goalie Alistair Harvey has transferred to St Andrew's College (Christchurch) where his father was a pupil.

St Andrew's finished third at the top tier Rankin Cup last year, while TBHS finished 13th.

Craighead's highly-touted Black Sticks prospect Charlotte Arthur has also moved to Rangi Ruru School for Girls (Christchurch).

Rangi Ruru finished eighth last year at the top tier Federation Cup, while Craighead finished 14th. Several former South Cantabrians have used their secondary school skills to gain university education overseas.

Former Craighead and New Zealand Federation Cup player Emily Fanning accepted a tennis scholarship to Florida State University.

Former TBHS golfer Tim Leonard is in his second year of a scholarship at Southern Utah University where he plays for the Thunderbirds.

TBHS rower James Walker and former football player Tom Deeley are also on the radar for potential scholarships in their respective sports.

Former Mountainview High School basketballer Dallas Frederickson spent 2013 playing at Kansas college Benedictine.

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- The Timaru Herald

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