Sports Report 2 April
Sports Report 2 April • Sport News • Bethlehem College
Bethlehem College have been competing against the very best Secondary School athletes recently and have come up with top 20 places across a variety of codes. The Rowing Team have done us proud in the National MAADI cup, the BC Volleyball Girls finished in the top 15 Nationally in Palmerston North, the Athletes have achieved outstanding results in the Waikato Bay of Plenty Championships, in both the track and Field, Toby has continued to achieve in Powerchair Football, Etianne Graham rode her way to a national Mountain Biking title and Emily Spears has continued to excel in Open Water Swimming events.
Over the past week 2153 rowers, from 129 different schools around New Zealand participated in the MAADI cup, New Zealand Secondary School’s Rowing Championships. Bethlehem College had an impressive week, starting at the same level as all the other rowers on Monday, working their way up through heats, to the quarterfinals and semi-finals and then eventually the finals on Friday and Saturday.
In the quad races Lara Hindley, Mackenzie Perry, Roz Ahearn, Isabella Beale and coxswain Luc Lassale successfully placed tenth overall in New Zealand for the Under 18 girls age group. The Under 15 boys Quad race, with a team consisting of Tom Jury, Jack Perkins, Joel Cleary, Levi Grimmer and coxswain Luc Lassale achieved seventeenth in New Zealand. There were some outstanding races in the doubles, with Lara Hindley and Mackenzie Perry pushing into tenth place in the Under 18 girls category. Tom Jury and Jack Perkins were 11th in the Under 15 Boy's category. Roz Ahearn and Fleur Lassale finished nineteenth overall in the under 16 Girls age group followed by the under 16 boys, Josiah Grimmer and Matthew Bartlett who achieved twentieth place in the country. Mackenzie Perry placed seventeenth in the U18 Girls race and Roz Ahearn took eighteenth place in the U15 Girls race and Matthew Bartlett rowed hard to gain 20th place overall in the U17 Boys Singles.
There is a saying in rowing: "When you cannot row anymore with your legs - Row with your Heart...!!!" That is exactly what our Bethlehem College rowers did. It was phenomenal to witness their courage and their ability to push themselves so hard that they did not have the energy to get out of the boats after their races.
National tournament week produced some very pleasing results for our Senior A Girls Volleyball Team. Their main goal was to earn a place in the Division One grade which they did early on in the tournament. Their next task was to be competitive in this grade and after some mixed results, they achieved a very credible thirteenth place in the country. In the crossover pool play BC came up against a rejuvenated St Margaret’s College from Christchurch who the BC girls had beaten convincingly in a friendly fixture. Unfortunately the girls struggled to keep their heads in the game and went down 3 sets to 1. The girls then played the local Matamata College team for 13 – 16th place where they really stamped their mark on this game and took it 3 sets to love. In their final game they narrowly took the game against New Plymouth Girls College to take out 13th place. Sarah Stratton was also named in the tournament team. A great effort by the girls who improved from their first place in division two last year!
We had some very talented Bethlehem College students compete in the Waikato Bay of Plenty Athletics Championships recently. Producing some outstanding results, the following students have been invited to represent the region at the North Island Championships held in Tauranga. Molly Allen performed strongly earning herself second place in shot put, along with Issac Joyce who placed second in the high jump. On the track, Elliot Pugh sprinted into first place in the 3000m final, Marguerite Johansson had an exceptional day placing first place in both the 100m sprint and triple jump. Summer Tanner raced her way into third place in the 1500m.
Our Bethlehem college students showed extraordinary determination and rose to the challenges of the weekend, providing the college with so many commendable results. Along with the top 3 place getters heading to North Island Champs Luke Van Blerk impressed us with a fifth placing in the 200m finals, accompanied by Benjamin Mead who placed seventh in the 800m final, Georgia Browne came forth in the Senior Girls Long jump, Cameron Smith staking 5th in the Javelin, Myles Barker placing 5th in the High Jump and Logan Tanner earning 4th place in the 3000m final.
Toby Lipinski has continued to demonstrate a committed attitude towards Powerchair Football and won the Emerging Talent Award Toby at the Festival of Disability Sport. He is in the NZ National team for 2019.
Etianne Graham competed in the North Island Mountain Biking competition recently, and won her event. She is now the North Island U15 Mountain Bike Endurance champion.
Emily Spears has continued to dominate Open Water Swimming events. Her recent achievements were earnt at the Legend of the Lake Open Water swim which is part of the Ocean Swim Series.
In a punishing two day schedule, she raced the open water 2.5km, the amphibian (1700m swim followed by a 3000m run and 500m swim to finish. The next day she raced a 5km open water swim. Over the two days she collected 5 medals: She was second woman overall in the 2.5km swim, and second in the 15-19 age group. In the Amphibian race she was third woman overall and second in the 15-19 age group. In the 5km swim she was second in the 15-19 age group female and forth overall.