Monday, 08 April 2019 08:18

News Update: Term 1 Week 10

In this week's edition:
-  Congratulations - WBOP Race Unity Speech Awards
-  Triathlon: Tauranga's Olivia Cummings Wins 3rd Consecutive National Title
-  Great Barrier Trip 2 Update
-  Summer Tournament Week Results
-  Interested in Horse Riding These Holidays?

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Congratulations - WBOP Race Unity Speech Awards

Congratulations to our Year 13 student, Madison Mackenzie who won the 2019 Tauranga Western Bay of Plenty Race Unity Speech Awards held in Rotorua on the 10th of April.

She will now progress to the semi finals and attend the Race Unity Hui on the 10th and 11th of May. Well done, Madi!

Triathlon: Tauranga's Olivia Cummings Wins 3rd Consecutive National Title

Please click here for the recent article.

Great Barrier Trip 2 Update

Just another catch up on the crew. Had a relaxing day on Saturday with a bit of R and R cleaning/cooking and fishing.

The fishing crew were catching plenty of fish, mostly under size apart from one legal fish  - Moss Benton !! 

Apart from that lots of stories of big ones that got away.

In the pm we went over to the Glenfern Sanctuary for the Glenfern Gallop - Biathlon. Talk before the event from the staff was of possibly breaking the Female record of Hazel 10. 55 and Male record of 10.30. Perhaps one day we will be able to break the 10 minute mark ????

Mia Gardiner completed the swim leg in 3mins and completed the course in 9.05 - Amazing !!!! 

Sunday was spent catching up on some admin/cleaning cabins and in the afternoon Expedition Prep with the leaders. 



Groups set off in beautiful weather today - forecast pretty good apart from the wind and a bit of rain Thursday.

Group 1 Mohunga 

Day 1 - Set off out in Sea Kayaks for Kaikoura Island - Coasteering and snorkling. They paddle back to Akapoa to Camp tonight.

Day 2 - Tomorrow they have a big walk to The Green Camp site - 6- 8 hours along Forest Road.

Day 3 - They walk via the Hot springs to Mt Heale Hut which is at the highest point of the Island - 8- 10 hours. 

Day 4 - Walk out via Mt Hobson - back to Base Camp  6- 7 hours.


Group 2 Karaka

Day 1 - Set off in Sea Kayaks for Kaikoura Island - snorkling / fishing. Camp the night at beautiful Sunset Cove.

Day 2 - Sea Kayak North up the coast - stopping at Green Island for more fishing/snorkelling/coasteering before camping at Onewhero.

Day 3 - Sea Kayak back to base - walking over to Okiwi and camping at Mikes Beach. 6 -8 hours

Day 4 - Walking out the Haratonga track for pick up  - 3 hours 


Group 3 - Motuhaku

Day 1 - Set off from BBQ Bay - sailing over to Bradshaws Cove in strong winds.

Day 2 - Up very early - 6.00am  - sailing back to BBQ Bay , before walking out of the center to Mt Hobson / Mt Heale Hut - (Big Day - 10 - 12 hours )

Day 3 - Out of Mt Heale to Hot Pools Camp site (4 - 6 hours ).

Day 4 - Walk of Tramline track via Waterfall pools to pick up (4 - 6 hours)

As you can see all the groups have a very exciting and challenging few days ahead of them. Will fill you in on their return.
Regards - Anthony Gadsbey

Summer Tournament Week Results

Throughout last week we had many students out at the National Secondary Schools Summer Tournament week at different events throughout New Zealand.
As a school we had over 100 students out representing Otumoetai College in their selected sports.

This year we had 53 students travel to Palmerston North to compete in the National Secondary School Volleyball Championship over five teams. All teams did exceptionally well this year in their respective divisions.

The A boys and girls competed in division one and the B Boys and Girls and C girls all competed in division three. The C girls finished 16th in division three and the B Boys 13th in division three. The B Boys competed incredibly well as they were a tiny team and compete against some very big oppositions. The B girls this year were in division three and played exceptionally well.

The girls only dropped two sets up until the semifinals, beating Trident B who they lost to at BOP champs in 3 in their quarter final. The girls went on to win their semifinal in five sets against a strong Mangere side and played Te Puke in the final going down in four sets to finish 2nd in division three.

The A girls had an awesome week considering they had girls in isolation with a stomach bug, they went through to division one untouched. In their second pool they came across Trident high school and lost that game in four, they came back from that well winning their quarterfinal and semifinal both in four. The final was a big ask, up against defending champions West Lake High School, the girls went out and took the game to West Lake, winning the second set but ended up losing the match in four sets.

The A boys had a rough start to the tournament but managed to pull themselves back together and played outstanding the rest of the week. They came across De La Sal in their quarter final and went down in four sets but came back in their next two games to finish 5th in division one.

Congratulations to Henare Richards and Georgie O’Dea who made the tournament team.

This year we had 15 students head to Lake Karapiro to compete at the National Rowing champs (Maadi). These students train incredibly hard with early morning trainings throughout the year and got some great results in return. A huge congratulations to the students who attended Maadi and competed well, an extra congratulations to the following who made finals in their events:

Emma Averill & Charlotte Wright – u15 Double Sculls – A final 4th
Rhianna Loughnan – u16 Single Sculls – D final 3rd
Emma Averill & Rhianna Loughnan – u16 Double Sculls – B final 8th
Mitchell McGrath – u16 Single Sculls – D final 5th

This year we had three students travel to compete at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon in the Taranaki. Olivia Cummings, Jade Stafford and Grace Blissett.

A huge congratulations to Olivia Cummings who won the u19 Triathlon for the 3rd year and Jade Stafford who finished 3rd in the u19 men’s triathlon. Also congratulations to all three who compete (with another student from Bethlehem College) in the tag team Triathlon and won it for the second year in a row.

Rugby Sevens:
Over Summer tournament week we had a group of girls compete at the North Island Rugby 7’s championship in the u19 Development grade. The girls competed well and won some good games on day two to finish 3rd in the plate playoff.

Congratulations to Annilees Hill who has been selected into the u16 Bay of Plenty woman’s Rugby 7’s team.

Interested in Horse Riding These Holidays?

Contact Horse Haven for learning to ride and horsemanship, School Holiday horse riding, Easter Weekend Trail Rides, Children’s after school riding tuition (10 weeks).


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