Wakatipu High is gaining recognition for its students punching above their weight across different sporting codes.
At the school’s recent annual Blues Awards, which celebrates sports and cultural achievements, several individuals and teams were acknowledged for South Island and national success.
It’s been a stand-out year for the high school’s sports teams in particular – the boys’ football first XI won the Southland Schools league and qualified for nationals, the senior A girls’ netball team achieved its best-ever result at the South Island secondary schools tournament, the rowing team finished 18th out of 122 schools at the
national Maadi Cup regatta and the golf team came third in the country at the nationals.
Principal Steve Hall says the school is noticing a “success breeds success” culture change and younger students are eager to continue the winning trend.
Traditionally, talented young sportspeople would leave the Wakatipu to attend bigger, private schools in cities.
“It shows that in lots of these sports you can be really well-served if you’re here,” Hall adds.
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Here there are so many different sports – we’ve got golfers, rowers, netballers, skiers, mountain bikers – there’s a whole range of different things you can really excel in here.”
Head of physical education Laura Allen says the results are achieved by the school having strong links with local sports clubs and organisations.
“We do all we can to support the different clubs in the community. We run in a partnership and it’s a way that makes secondary school sport sustainable in this area.”
School tennis ace makes national team
A junior Queenstown tennis player has made the New Zealand under-14 team heading to compete in Australia.
Wakatipu High’s Miki Nobuzawa (right), who trains at the Queenstown Tennis Academy, is the sole South Islander selected – his two team-mates are from Auckland and North Harbour.
The side will compete in the Australian 14s Teams Championships part-held at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open grand slam tournament.
The 14-year-old recently attended a development squad training camp in Auckland and also came runner-up at the NZ under-14 Masters tournament involving the top eight players in his age group.
Tennis NZ funds most of the team travel, accommodation and entry costs to the Melbourne event which is at the end of the month.