North Shore Times : January 31st 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2014 11 GIVE SCHOOLS A SPORTING CHANCE Thousands of North Shore teenagers of all abilities take part in school sport each year. With the school sports season resuming soon Felicity Reid asked school sports staff what are the biggest struggles facing secondary school sport? NZ's best: Westlake Boys High School’s basketballers have a history of beingNewZealand secondary schools national champions, including in 2013. New sports added to schools competition By FELICITY REID Even more national titles will be on offer for secondary school athletes in 2014. The New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council (NZSSSC) has sanctioned five new national championship events in an expanded programme. Ultimate Frisbee, 3X3 basket- ball, Ki O Rahi, rogaine and floorball are the new comers. ‘‘These are all sports that have been developing and growing for some time and are now ready to provide a meaningful tournament,’’ NZSSSC operations manager Des Smith says. Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see a video about floorball which becomes a NewZealand Secondary Schools Sports Council sanctioned sport this year. Three new North Island championships – mountainbiking, track cycling and under-15 sevens rugby – have also been added this year to fill gaps in the competition offered by those sports. With everything from netball to handball, rugby to judo, the NZSSSC calendar offers around 200 island or national level secondary school opportunities for schools and students to experience the benefits of pulling on their school colours. According to NZSSSC more than 140,000 students around the country took part in school sport in 2013. North Shore schools have had particular success in NZSSSC basketball and water polo national competitions in recent years. Westlake Boys High School is the reigning basketball national champion and Rangitoto College has held the girl’s water polo title since 2010. Fan delights in winless ODI A draw was a dream result for one conflicted cricket fan. Young fan Rayan Karadan, 8, from Forrest Hill won the chance to stand side-by-side with Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni for the coin toss at the Black Caps versus India ODI at Eden Park on January 25 in a competition run by ANZ. The Forrest Hill Primary student, who plays social cricket for the school and in the backyard with his family, says he felt a mixture of nerves and excitement before walking out on the pitch. ‘‘It was quite unreal because MS Dhoni is my favourite player. And Brendon is my other favourite player. ‘‘I have lots of family still in India and they got up at like 6am to see me on TV. ‘‘I really like the Black Caps but was hoping India would win.’’ Batting first, New Zealand posted a total of 314. India drew level on the last ball of the last over, resulting in the rare occurrence of an ODI draw. The two sides play the final ODI of the series today in Wellington. Sail day: Learn to sail or watch the pros in action on February 16. Hoist sails for a celebration February 16 marks the Volvo national sailing and boating day. The one-day celebration of sailing and boating is a Yachting New Zealand led initiative and more than forty of New Zealand’s waterfront clubs have signed up to take part in some way. Here is what is happening on the North Shore: Takapuna Boating Club ■ The club is open from will be open from 8am to 9pm for the last day of the A-Class World Championship with prizegiving on the beach/reserve immediately after sailing finishes. Wakatere Boating Club Inseparable: India cricket captainMSDhoni with young fan Rayan Karadan and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. Photo: PHOTOSPORT ■ Junior coaching from 9am. ■ An annual afternoon club race starting 1.30pm from Narrow Neck Beach, around North Head and to a mark off Devonport Village and then home to Narrow Neck. Murrays Bay Sailing Club ■ The club is open from 10am to 4pm for an Introduction to Sailing at Murrays Bay Sailing Club, find out about learn to sail programmes and the pathways to high performance sailing. Torbay Sailing Club ■ Sailing coaching and have a go at sailing in the morning. ■ Racing in the afternoon. ■ Spectators welcome to come out on club race support boats to view racing and learn about sailing. ❚ Westlake Girls High School sports manager Debbie Wareham: ‘‘The biggest struggle we face is finding enough coaches, managers and volunteers to be able to field the amount of teams that we would like to enter into local competitions. The second biggest challenge is trying to keep the costs of sports down. As all sports at WGHS are user pays we rely on grants and funding whenever we can to enable us to purchase uniforms, sporting equipment and supplement out of town tournaments.’’ ❚ Westlake Boys High School director of sport Rob Taylor: ‘‘One of the biggest issues for us is finding the facilities/grounds/gym space to allow our sports team’s quality areas to train and compete. We have large numbers of boys and staff willing to participate but do struggle to find the ground space to accommodate them. Our basketball programme has so many teams we are restricted on entries because North Harbour Basketball does not have enough courts for us. To work around this we have formed our own leagues to play other Westlake teams. In football and with the cooperation of Westlake Girls we have our own social football league which has eight teams competing against each other. Boys then do not have to travel, play on a quality surface and, most importantly, are having fun.’’ ❚ Glenfield College sports coordinator Kristel Leijten: ‘‘It is sometimes difficult for students to play sports, because some sports are quite expensive. Therefore we will offer some free sports this year to give all students the opportunity to play. More and more students at Glenfield College like to play social competitions and individual sports and that is why we, besides the traditional competition sports, offer more lunchtime and outdoor sports like; surfing, climbing and archery to accommodate for all. ❚ Takapuna Grammar School sports coordinator Andrew Gowling: ‘‘The biggest struggle for TGS is having to manage over 40 different sports and with minimal staff involvement, it stretches the Sports Department beyond capacity. We have had discussions on where to prioritise our time but to tell a student ‘no’ is something I just can’t do. If any student wants to give any sport a go, we will do everything we can to make it happen. We see new sports introduced on a regular basis, so for us to offer them as a sport at TGS, we need the staff involvement as well.’’ ❚ Carmel College director of sport Natasha Bowen: The girls school can find it hard to get enough willing helpers. ‘‘Parents and other adults will be supported if they choose to volunteer to coach/ referee/ umpire or manage a sports team. We welcome any support they can give. Even a little bit for the kids goes a long way, you have no idea". ❚ Northcote College director of sport Paul Hewson: "The main challenge facing secondary school sport is finding coaches in sufficient numbers to cater for the huge number of students who are keen to participate. At Northcote College we are fortunate to have some outstanding coaches but need more." ➤CANYOU HELP? All North Shore secondary schools need willing volunteers to support their sports programmes. If you you can offer your time as a coach, team manager or referee get in touch with your closest college.
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