Sports Report 26th July 2018

Sports Report 26 July 2018

Bethlehem College athletes achieved some extraordinary things throughout the holidays in a variety of sporting disciplines.

Sam Tanner represented New Zealand in the World U20 Track and Field Championships in Finland over the holidays. He faced a tense time in the lead up to the event as he had to qualify for the race by competing in various other races around Europe. Sam finished seventh in his 1500m heat and 16th overall. He was only 0.78secs away from making the final and 0.41 outside his personal best time over this distance.  Sam showed a great deal of integrity throughout his time racing in these championships by befriending a partially sighted Australian athlete. He helped him to both prepare and race so that he could compete safely, running just ahead of him so the runner could see him and judge the required pace of the event. This demonstration of friendship and help to a fellow competitor on the world stage was also reported through several media outlets and demonstrates Sam’s exemplary character. 

Mia Pugh recently returned from the Open Water Oceania Championships where she represented New Zealand. As previously reported she achieved 5th place in the 5km and followed this great result up with placing 6th in the 10km event. 

Toby Lipinski competed in the National Powerchair Football Championships in Taupo throughout the holidays. There were players from six New Zealand clubs which made up the 4 competing teams, with some provinces joining together to make teams. After three days of competition Toby’s Bay of Plenty and Northland team came third. At the conclusion of the tournament Toby was selected in the New Zealand Representative squad.

Caleb Browne won the Junior Boys Sprint and long distance events at the NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships held near Christchurch on the 19th and 20th of July. He also raced in the Intermediate Boys grade in a composite 3 person relay team on the third day of the competition. The sprint event was held around a school campus and red zone suburbs, the long distance event and relay were held at two different venues featuring sand dunes and forest. 

Sarah Wilson was part of the U15 Bay of Plenty Netball representative team who competed in the National competition in the first week of the holidays. Sarah’s team went on to win their B Grade division and Sarah was named in the tournament team. This is a significant achievement as only 20 players are selected across the whole tournament!