Sports Report February 6th 2019



Sports Report February 6th 2019

Sports Report February 6th 2019 • Secondary | Sport News • Physical • Secondary • Bethlehem College

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We are so proud of Year 10 student Ian Pugh who rescued a swimmer from a rip on Mount Maunganui Beach during the holidays. Ian was typically humble and didn’t see the rescue as a significant event but did admit things could have turned out differently for the man if he had been out in the water for much longer. He has had just 2 months training as a Mount Maunganui Service member.


Sam Tanner performed extremely well over the holidays in the Senior Men’s New Zealand Athletics Championships. He achieved 3rd place in the 1500m and WON the 800m comfortably. The field was a very strong one with New Zealand’s top athletes involved so these are significant results for Sam!


In the first weekend of December Sam Tanner, Luke van Blerk, Jaimee Eades, Logan Tanner, Margo Johanssen and Summar Tanner competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Championships where they all did extremely well. Sam Tanner won two Gold medals in the 3000m & 1500m, Jaimee Eades won a silver medal in the Junior Girls 400m gaining a personal best time of 58.51. Margo Johanssen achieved a Bronze medal in the Long jump, was 6th in 100m with a time of 13.12and won a Gold medal in the Triple jump jumping a personal best by a metre! She achieved 11.67m. In the Road Race Summar Tanner placed 10th out of 34 and Logan Tanner came 19th out of 74 athletes.  Luke van Blerk qualified for the 200m in a time of 24.57 and 100m quarterfinal in a time of 12.18 and was final 5th in NZ 200m in a time of 24.32.


The Bethlehem College Rowers have achieved some outstanding results throughout the summer across 3 regattas. Tom Jury and Jack Perkins got third in an A final, Tom Jury, Levi Grimmer, Joel Cleary, Jack Perkins with Luc Lassale as cox achieved 3rd in A final quad race,

Matt Bartlett and Josiah Grimmer got seventh in an A final and Matt Bartlett second place in a B final. Fleur Lassale teamed up with a partner and achieved sixth in an A grade final, Mackenzie Perry and Lara Hindley teamed up with Otumoetai College partners and achieved  second  in A Final Woman club quad! Mackenzie Perry and Lara Hindley achieved  seventh in an A final in the  Women’s club double competition

Mackenzie Perry, Lara Hindley, Isabella Beale and Roz Ahearn earned sixth place in an A final Roz Ahearn was first  in a B final. We wish them well for their upcoming North Island championships and the national Maadi Cup held in March.


The Age group New Zealand Beach Volleyball Champs were held in January and a group of committed Bethlehem College students competed in the event at Mount Maunganui. They achieved some excellent results over the weekend event. Monique Bos and Georgia Browne earned second place in the U19category. Millie Jones and her partner were 6th in the U17’s and Caleb Browne and Jack Jones were 5th in their U17 division.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Beach Volleyball Championships were held last weekend and Bethlehem College had 20 athletes competing at this event. Erin Barnes and Jessica Lam were successful in the division 2 taking out a top 10 placing. Monique Bos, Millie Jones, Caleb Browne, Jack Jones, Jessica Riddle and Georgia Browne all achieved top 20 placings in Division one which is a great result as there were 216 teams in the competition.



A small but talented and tenacious Bethlehem College Open Water Swimmers have been doing very well in events over the summer. Paris McConnell swum in the Omaha Banana Boat Ocean Swim 1km race just before Christmas and won her age division, also coming 3rd in the Open Women’s and 8th overall. Ben Cosford competed for the Mount Surf Club at Surf Champs in Whakatane/Ohope beach in the holidays. He won 2 medals ..1 bronze in beach sprint and a gold in the surf team swim. Lilliana Guy swam the 1km race in the "Banana Boat Omaha Gem" ocean swim on Dec 15th.  Lilliana placed 3rd in the 10-13yrs female age group, was 7th female over all and 15th overall. 

Emily Spear competed in the National New Zealand Open Water Championships in Lake Taupo where she achieved the following results:

Female 10km silver medal 15-17y, Open 4th position

Female 5km silver medal 15-17y, Open Bronze medal (third overall female)

Female 4 x 1km relay (with her swim Rotorua team mates) gold medal, NZ champions u16 (and fastest open time).

Emily also compete in the Round The Mount (4.2km) where she won the open female category and U16 categories. This was followed the next weekend by the Blue Lake Hinemoa swim where she won the Hinemoa Trophy (2km non-wetsuit swim) for the second year running.

She was profiled in the Rotorua Daily Post and BOP Times sports section after this (link

 She also competed in Hamilton recently at the Waikato Hito Out Meet over 1500m 800m and 400 freestyle, 400IM, 200 fly and 100 breast. Her best result came in the 1500m where she was female open third.








A group of our successful Beach Volleyball players: Jessica Riddle, Monique Bos, Erin Barnes and Jessica Lam


Two of our successful NZSS Athletes: Margo Johansson and Summar Tanner



Ben Cosford competing for the Mount Surf Club at Surf Champs in Whakatane/Ohope beach in the holidays.





Emily Spear with her Hinemoa trophy that she has won 2 years in a row